MC falls to Southern Virginia, No. 17 Eastern in W&L Invitational

MC falls to Southern Virginia, No. 17 Eastern in W&L Invitational

The Maryville College Scots had a rough day against challenging competition in day two of the Washington & Lee University Invitational, as the Scots were swept on the afternoon.

Maryville fell, 3-1, to Southern Virginia University in the opening game of the day, before No. 17 Eastern University swept the Orange and Garnet in three sets.

In the opening match of the day, Maryville faced a talented Southern Virginia squad. Maryville took the first set, 25-20, the it was all Knights from that point on, as SVU earned the win, 25-15, 25-22, 25-17.

Maryville (2-4) was led by Saidee McDaniel's double-double effort, as the sophomore tallied 22 assists and 12 digs. McDaniel also added three kills and two service aces to go with a block.

Brianne Sidner had 12 kills, four digs, two blocks and an ace, while Nia Haller continued her dominating weekend with her third double-digit kill outing of the weekend. Haller had a double-double 10 kills and 10 digs to go with an assist.

Lauren Espinal had three kills with a trio of digs and blocks each.

Defensively, it was Kaitlyn Flickinger who had 16 digs, as both McDaniel and Haller tallied double-figure days.

For Southern Virginia (5-3), it was Hannah Allred who tallied a double-double with 21 kills and 12 digs. Panny Gwynn also had a double-double effort with 17 kills and 14 digs, while Hailey Lohnes added 10 kills.

LaRee Crocket had 48 assists for the Knights, while Brookee Johnson and Mykynli Knight each added 11 digs to Allred's and Gwynn's totals.

In the second match of the day, the Scots had trouble with No. 17 Eastern University. The Eagles took the match, 3-0, by the scores of 26-24, 25-8, 25-21.

Again, Haller had a huge outing for Maryville, compiling nine of the Scots' 26 kills in the match. She neared a double-double with eight digs, while posting two aces and an assist.

The next closest Maryville player was Espinal who had six kills behind a .500 kill percentage. She added a dig, while Dejane Hester-Taylor, Arin Wyttenbach and Sidner tallied a trio of kills each.

McDaniel had 20 of MC's 25 assists, while Flickinger matched Haller with eight digs. MacKenzie Marcrum and Yasmeen Chan each added seven, while McDaniel had five.

For the Eagles, it was Caroline Shelby who had 17 kills. She had five digs, while Ally Spillane (13) and Michelle Paulsen (10) finished in double figures.

Morgan Kline had 29 assists, while Kylie McCusker had 11. Sydney MacDonald had 21 of Eastern's 54 digs, as the Eagles tallied six blocks.

Maryville will look to rebound next weekend on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15-16. The Scots host the Maryville College Invitational, hosting schools from the USA South Eastern Division in non-conference play.

MC plays Greensboro College on Friday at 6 p.m., before taking on William Peace (11 a.m.) and Averett University (4 p.m.) on Saturday.