MC uses key rally to overcome 2-0 deficit to defeat Meredith

MC uses key rally to overcome 2-0 deficit to defeat Meredith

After finding themselves down 2-0, the Maryville College Scots put together a key rally to come from behind and defeat Meredith College, 3-2, in the opening rounds of the Washington & Lee University Invitational.

Maryville took the non-conference match by the score of 19-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-19, 15-11.

Senior Nia Haller led the way in the comeback victory, posting a match high 17 kills. Haller had six digs and three service aces, while hitting .222 on the evening with 45 total attacks.

Maryville scored first to in the opening set, but back-to-back points the Avenging Angels would Meredith at 2-1 lead. The set went back-and-forth with eight total ties, as the Scots were unable to regain the lead, eventually holding an 18-18 score.

The Avenging Angels would end the set on a 7-1 run that featured two kills by Elizabeth Smith and a trio of Maryville errors for a 1-0 lead.

In the second set, the back-and-forth play of both teams persisted, before Meredith was able to take advantage for a 20-16 lead behind a pair of Alex Hafliger kills.

Haller would give Maryville momentum with a kill and an ace, before an Angels' error would pull the Scots to within one, 20-19. Meredith would extend its lead, again, however, taking set point off of MC errors and a kill by Caroline Corey, 24-20.

Maryville rallied late, recording three straight points on Meredith errors and a Brianne Sidner kill, before a Hannah Blaylock kill would end the set in favor of the Avenging Angels, 25-23.

The Scots came alive during the third set, as MC opened with a 7-1 run that forced a Meredith timeout. They would extend that to a 10-1 run, as Sidner recorded a pair of kills and a trio of aces. A kill from Tyler Bryan would end the run, before a service error would give control back to the Scots.

Haller would lead Maryville on a 6-0 run from that point for a 16-2 lead, before fighting off a Meredith rally for a 25-17 win in set three.

Again, Maryville would open the fourth set with a big run, extending their 4-0 mark to a 6-1 lead behind Sidner, Haller and Lauren Espinal. However, Meredith would rattle off a run of their own to knot the set at 7-all, before going for seven unanswered for a 9-7 advantage.

The Scots would score five un answered late to take a 23-15 lead, before taking the fourth set, 25-19, and force a decisive fifth set.

Maryville opened the fifth set strong, another key 7-1 run. The Avenging Angels would fight back, cutting the Scots' lead to only four, 7-3, before an attack error switched courts with an 9-3 Maryville lead.

A kill by Cathy Delano would knot the score at 10-all, forcing a Maryville timeout in the 15-point set. The Scots came out of the timeout with an Arin Wytenbach kill, before Caroline Corey matched the effort for an 11-11 score.

Sidner and Wytenbach would combine on a block, before Saidee McDaniel earned a kill for a 13-11 MC lead. A pair of attack errors would earn the victory for Maryville, 15-11, in the fifth set of the day, as the Scots completed the comeback.

For Maryville (2-2), it was all Haller. Sidner followed her 17-kill day with six kills of her own, while adding 12 digs, four service aces, two assists and a block.

Espinal had four kills with two blocks, while Dejane Hester-Taylor, Wyttenbach and McDaniel all had three kills.

McDaniel tallied 23 assists to go with five digs, a service ace and three blocks, while Taylor Youell added five assists.

Kaitlyn Flickinger led the Scots defensively with 19 digs and three assists, while Yasmeen Chan totaled 13 digs, an ace and an assist. Wyttenback also had four blocks for the Scots.

For Meredith College (1-4), it was Caroline Corey who had 12 kills and six digs. Alex Hafliger had 11 kills, while Hannah Blaylock added 46 assists with seven digs.

The Avenging Angels were led by Katie Keen's 25-dig afternoon defensively.

Maryville will look next to face off with host Washington & Lee University tonight, slightly after 7:30. Fan can watch the match live, HERE.