The seventh-seeded McDowell Lady Titans’ volleyball season came to an end Tuesday night, as they lost in three sets to tenth-seed Mallard Creek in the second round of the 4A State volleyball playoffs.

McDowell put together three competitive sets on its home court, but could not overcome the height and athleticism advantage that the Mavericks put on the floor.

Mallard Creek won the first two sets by the score of 25-18 and the third with a 25-17 mark. Outside hitter Skyy Howard covered the floor very well, finishing with 16 kills, five assists, five solo blocks and three service aces. Sydney McGregor tacked on five more kills in the win.

Several of McDowell’s seniors played admirably in the finale. Outside hitter Lily McKinney led the charge with six kills, five digs and a pair of aces. Freshman Jada Cannon was elevated to the varsity roster for the playoffs and provided five kills on the outside.

Lauren Hudgins recorded four kills and five digs. Taylor Buchanan finished with three kills and one ace. Parker Brown had 14 digs. Bailey Elliott (3 aces) led the team with 12 assists. Madison Ogle (4 digs, 2 aces) and Zoe Vance (2 blocks) also contributed for the Lady Titans.

Mallard Creek (21-7) advances to Thursday’s third round, battling I-Meck Conference member and 15-seed Lake Norman, who upset second-seeded Richmond County in five sets.

McDowell finishes out the 2017 campaign with a 7-14 mark.

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