MC's Flickinger honored for 1,000 career digs, as Scots fall to Covenant, 3-1

MC's Flickinger honored for 1,000 career digs, as Scots fall to Covenant, 3-1

Maryville College honored senior Kaitlyn Flickinger on Tuesday night, before MC fell in heartbreaking fashion in the Battle of the Scots, 3-1.

Flickinger recorded her 1,00th career dig earlier this season, before the Scots traveled for nine-consecutive away matches.

"It means a lot, just having the opportunity to be out there on the court and do what I love," Flickinger said after the match. "Defense – that's what I love – so the digs are meaningful to me. You just have to not care about hitting the floor and know that is your job. You just have to give it all you've got and throw yourself, basically."

The senior from Knoxville, Tenn. has done just that, recording her 1,200th dig on Tuesday.

Flickinger currently sits with 1,201.

"Flick is just an amazing young lady," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "She's been an anchor for us for multiple years, and she's just as steady as they come. We're going to miss her a lot. She just has a stellar IQ for the court and in the classroom. As a teammate, she's just stellar. She's a rock."

The senior finished Tuesday's four-set match, tying her career high of 28 digs. She also posted 28 against Covenant earlier this season on Sept. 20 and against Piedmont College on Oct. 9, 2016.

In her four year career, this defensive specialist has recorded 16 matches of 20-plus digs and 62 matches with 10 or more.

In tonight's match, the Georgian Scots would take the win, however, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 27-25, despite Flickinger's defensive efforts.

Covenant jumped out to an 8-3 lead, as the Scots saw Arin Wyttenbach and Madison Wilkerson earn kills. The Georgian Scots followed Schuyler Moore, Ginny Moore and Alexa Spurling, before Dejane Hester-Taylor threw down a hard kill to end the streak.

From that point, Maryville would score four straight, as Hester-Taylor recorded a trio of kills with Kelley Wandell adding the fourth to force a Covenant timeout, 8-7.

Covenant College would take a run behind kills from multiple players and an ace by Ginny Moore. Maryville would see Allison Botts and Nia Haller record throw downs, before MC was forced to take a timeout, trailing 18-11.

Haller and Tyldesley would record kills for the Orange and Garnet, before Covenant would take set one, 25-14.

The Scots battled back-and-forth to a 4-all tie, as Maryville saw Brianne Sidner record a pair of kills. MC would fall behind, 8-6, before kills from Haller, Hester-Taylor and Wandell would give the Orange and Garnet their second lead of the match, 9-8.

The Tennessee Scots would ride that rally for five straight, as Botts found a kill among Covenant errors, 13-9.

Wandell would extend the streak to six, 14-9, before a long rally allowed Ginny Moore to stop the Scots with a kill. Maryville would over come it, taking a 19-13 lead late in the set. Covenant would ride MC errors, combined with a pair of kills from Spurling to cut MC's lead to one, 22-21.

Botts would throw down a huge kill, followed by a Wandell throw down to earn set point, 24-21. Covenant would fight off one set point, before MC would earn set two, 25-22, with a kill by Hester-Taylor off the Taylor Youell set.

Maryville would fall behind in the third set, 19-9, as Haley Taylor recorded a pair of back-to-back blocks. The Scots would make a run on Covenant errors and kills from Botts and Sidner, before the Georgian Scots would take set three, 25-17.

The Orange and Garnet would open the fourth set with a hard-hitting swing. Sidner would tally a pair of kills behind Hester-Taylor and Haller, as the Scots would just to a 5-2 advantage. Lauren Espinal would add a pair of kills, but Covenant would rally to a 9-8 lead.

The squads would trade points, as MC was aided by a Hester-Taylor block and a Wandell kill, leading to a 21-all score. Back-to-back kills by Botts and Sidner off Youell sets would give MC the lead, 23-21, to force a Covenant timeout.

Ginny Moore would stop the run, before Sidner's 11th kill of the match would give Maryville set point, 24-22. An MC error and a kill on a 50-50 ball tied the match at 24-24. The teams would play to a 25-25 tie, before a Seehorn-Spurling block and a Seehorn kill would end the match in four sets, 27-25.

Maryville (10-10, 5-2 USA South) was led defensively by Flickinger's 28 digs, as she added six assists. Haller had 25 digs and eight kills, as Youell added a double-double 20 digs and 30 assists.

Yasmeen Chan had 18 digs to go along with Saidee McDaniel's double-double of 12 digs and 10 assists.

Offensively, it was Sidner who had 11 kills, as Hester-Taylor added nine.

For Covenant (13-7, 7-0), it was Seehorn who had a double-double 17 kills and 17 digs. Ginny Moore added a double-double of her own with 11 kills and 25 digs, as her sister Schuyler Moore had a double-double 43 assists and 17 digs.

Hannah Stewart added nine assists to go with a match-high 32 digs, while Emily Moore had 13 digs.

Maryville will return to Boydson Baird Gymnasium, as they step out of conference place to face Emory & Henry College on Oct. 12. First serve for Thursday's match is slated for 7:30 p.m.