— By GREG WEBB
SPRINGTOWN — Ashley Mainord was a vital component in another banner year for Springtown volleyball, helping to lead the Lady Porcupines back to the Class 3A, Region I Tournament, and just a hair’s breadth from a trip to the state show. Mainord spurred the SHS girls to consecutive undefeated district championships, and left a legacy behind for Springtown volleyball in the process, setting new records for single-season and career kills with 447 and 873, respectively, and recognition at the district, county and state levels..
Mainord’s performances, on the court and in the classroom has netted the student-athlete more than just kudos, as she recently inked a commitment to extend both pursuits at Missouri Western State University, whish is located in St. Joseph.
Although Ashley had taken visits to other colleges, in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas prior to her trek to MWSU, the timing seemed right, and very quick, in her decision to attend the Missouri school.
“I met the coach and some of the other players and while I was there,” Mainord said, “and just knew that was where I needed to be. I just felt very comfortable in that environment, which had kind of a small-town feel to it.”
Mainord’s venture into volleyball began in the fourth grade, and was a family affair, with Ashley and her twin sister Katelynn, under the tutelage of parents Amy and Mike Mainord.
“That was a good start for me, with my parents coaching us,” Ashley said. “That really helped make me the player I am, today.”
Years of select volleyball leagues followed, culminating with Mainord’s 3-year varsity high school career, which has been a boon to Springtown volleyball.
“We didn’t go to the playoffs my sophomore year,” she said, “but I am really proud of what we have done the past two years, making the playoffs and going as deep [into the brackets] as we did.”