Scots' comeback falls short despite efforts of Haller, Sidner

Scots' comeback falls short despite efforts of Haller, Sidner

After a comeback run against Meredith College, the Scots could not continue that trend against Washington & Lee University.

Falling behind 2-0, Maryville College looked to repeat its come-from-behind rally as it had earlier in the night. However, the tough Generals squad outlasted the Scots, 3-1.

Maryville fell to Washington & Lee, 25-13, 25-21, 18-25, 25-14.

The Scots again saw Nia Haller surge forward. The senior tallied 13 kills en route to a double-double night. Haller added 10 digs and an assist. In all, she totaled 30 kills in the night's two matches.

Brianne Sidner also had a big match, adding 11 kills and seven digs.

A flurry of errors to open the first set proved costly for Maryville College, as the squad gave up numerous kills on over passes. Add in four aces, and the Scots found themselves down 10-0 in the opening set, before a service error would end the run.

Four-consecutive points for Maryville with kills by Lauren Espinal and Saidee McDaniel helped the Scots, as did a block from Aryn Wyttenbach and Brianne Sidner. Maryville cut the score to 11-5, before the Generals would add more offense. The Scots weren't able to overcome their early miscues, as Washington & Lee University took the first set, 25-13.

In the second set of competition, Maryville made the match a back-and-forth affair. The Scots took a 9-8 lead, before the Generals were able to roll off three straight to take control, 11-9. Maryville would earn five straight points on the back of Wyttenbach, before a Washington & Lee timeout would stall the rally.

The Generals would go five-consecutive to regain the lead, 16-14, before Maryville would match them for a 19-16 score.

Washington & Lee would end the set, however, with an 8-0 march, to kame the score 24-19. Nia Haller would tally a point, before Elena West's bad set would cut the lead to 24-21, but a Maryville error would end the set, 25-21.

Going to the third set, Maryville would see Haller grab a pair of kills to open the set, as the Scots went on a 4-0 jump. Haller and Wyttenbach would both lead the rally, putting the Scots up 7-3 early on.

Back-to-back blocks by Kelley Wandell and Lauren Espinal would give Maryville a 10-5 score in the match, as the Scots would put three-consecutive points on the board.

Wandell would combine with Wyttenbach for her third block of the contest, forcing Washington & Lee to take a timeout as the Scots held a 15-8 advantage. The Scots were hitting .400 for the set, compared to (-.176) for the Generals.

Washington & Lee would force four set points, before Sidner would end the set with a kill from Espinal. Maryville hit .519 for the set with only three errors in 27 total attacks in the 25-18 set.

Teams traded points in the fourth set, before the Scots found themselves trailing 6-3. Maryville would claw back to a 7-6 score off kills by Sidner, before her third kill would help overcome a service error for an 8-7 margin.

The Generals would take control, however, behind some stout offense and taking advantage of MC miscues. Washington & Lee would take the fourth set by the score of 25-14.

Maryville (2-3) was led by Haller and Sidner. Wyttenbach added eight kills and six blocks for the match, while Espinal had five kills, four digs, two blocks and an assist.

McDaniel tallied 32 assists to go with eight digs, four kills and three blocks, as Kaitlyn Flickinger had 12 digs.

For Washington & Lee (5-1), it was a trio of Generals that recorded double-digit kills. Courtney Berry had 15 kills behind a .565 hitting percentage, as Meg Guignon had a double-double 11 kills, 16 digs. Ashleigh Meade had 10 kills for Washington & Lee, while Elena West (23) and Mollie Ray (14) finished with double-figure assists.

The Scots return to action tomorrow in the second round of the Washington & Lee Invitational. MC plays Southern Virginia University at 1 p.m., before taking on No. 17 Eastern University at 3:30 p.m. Both games will provide live statistics.