Tyldesley earns second USA South Rookie of the Week award

Tyldesley earns second USA South Rookie of the Week award

Maryville College's Rhianna Tyldesley earned her second USA South Rookie of the Week honor this week, after she led the Scots to a 3-0 record.

Tyldesley becomes only the second MC player to earn multiple USA South Rookie honors in their first season since joining the league in 2012. She ties Saidee McDaniel, who also earned a pair of USA South Rookie of the Week accolades in 2016.

"Red is playing really well," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "She's attacking the ball with confidence, and she's coming up with some pretty big plays. We're excited to see how she's developed into a true starter."

Tyldesley recorded 3.27 kills per set during the final week of the regular season, as the freshman outside hitter tallied 36 kills in three matches. She had seven digs, four blocks and an assist in the perfect week for the Scots.

This Trussville, Ala. native started her week off against Oglethorpe, as she led Maryville to a 3-0 sweep of Oglethorpe University on Senior Day. The Scots honored Nia Haller and Kaitlyn Flickinger, before Tyldesley tallied 16 kills on a .379 hitting percentage.

She added a pair of digs and a pair of blocks in the match.

Maryville finished the week with a USA South sweep on Saturday. The Scots earned a No. 2 seed in the Western Division behind that sweep and the right to host the opening round of the conference tournament.

First serve in that tournament is slated for tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 31. Agnes Scott will play Piedmont College at 5 p.m., before Maryville will face off with the victor at 7:30 p.m.

For Schram, she's glad to see the freshman coming into her own before the tournament.

"It's real big," Schram said of the importance. "It hopefully will diversify our offense, and it will just open it up for some of the other people on the team. You hope that they're going to have to double team her, which will then, in fact, open it up for some others. The more balanced we are, the better we'll be. That's one of the things we've lacked this year, so we're hoping to go into the tournament with a more balanced attack and maintain our defense."

This Hewitt-Trussville product aided the Scots in that hosting effort, as the Scots swept Huntingdon College with 25-19 scores in each of the three sets.

Tyldesley had seven of MC's 37 kills in the match, as she tallied a pair of blocks, an assist and a dig.

Finally, in a five-set match with the Lady Lions of Piedmont, Maryville saw the 5-foot-10 freshman follow Brianne Sidner's 14 kills with 13 of her own. She had four digs in the match, as Maryville finished the regular season with a 16-12 record and a 9-3 mark in USA South play.

Tyldesley has recorded 130 kills this season in limited play, as she's seen action in 55 of MC's 104 sets played. That kill mark ranks her fifth on the squad with 2.36 per set, as she's added 12 blocks in her short Maryville career.

Tyldesley has 44 digs to her credit with four assists on the season.