McDaniel earns All-Tournament, as Scots fall to Averett

McDaniel earns All-Tournament, as Scots fall to Averett

Maryville College fell on Saturday afternoon to a hard-hitting Averett University squad, 3-0, to end the Maryville College Invitational Tournament.

The Cougars took the win in three sets, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20.

The Scots' Saidee McDaniel earned All-Tournament honors along with Covenant College's Schuyler Moore and Ginny Moore, Averett University's Sarah Smoot, Greensboro College's Shayla Moss, Mount St. Joseph University's Hannah Losey and William Peace University's Carson Williams.

Averett University's Hannah Shields was named MVP of the Maryville College Invitational.

Maryville would jump out to a 12-8 lead in the opening set of the match, following a flurry of kills by Brianne Sidner, Saidee McDaniel and Nia Haller.

Averett would use a 7-0 run to take the lead off Brianna Williams' kills and MC errors. The Scots would use a late rally, before a Hannah Shields kill would end the set, 25-20.

The Cougars would jump out to a 2-0 lead in the second set, before four straight from the Scots would end the run. Maryville would go up 8-7, another big run by Averett would make the score 13-8 Cougars.

The Scots would cut the lead to one, 20-19, before Averett rattled off five-straight points to win the set, 25-19.

The Cougars would open the third set on a 7-1 run, before Maryville would cut the lead to 7-4. Dejane Hester-Taylor would make it a 9-7 match before the Cougars would take another flurry.

A kill by Averett's Sarah Smoot and an MC error would make it match point for the Cougars, 24-15, as the Scots would go on a 5-0 run. Sidner and Lauren Espinal would record kills in the streak, before a service error would end the match, 25-20.

Maryville (3-7) was led by Sidner's eight-kill, 10-dig effort. Espinal and Haller would each add five kills, as Haller had six digs and an assist.

McDaniel added 18 assists in the match to go with six digs and three kills, while Kaitlyn Flickinger led the defense with 13 digs and a pair of service aces. Yasmeen Chan would tally nine digs to go with Sidner's 10.

For Averett (10-2), it was Hannah Shield's double-double. She had 13 kills and 13 digs, while hitting only .073 for the match. Smoot added 14 kills, while Brianna Williams tallied 11.

Keenan Marks had 18 assist to McKenzie Miller's 14, while Emily Stanley added a match-high 20 digs.

Maryville will look next to a nine-match streak on the road. The Scots will travel to Covenant College on Wednesday, Sept. 20 for the Battle of the Scots. First serve for that match is slated for 7 p.m.