Mathews records her second-straight double-double as Scots sweep Centre

Mathews records her second-straight double-double as Scots sweep Centre

The Maryville College Scots bounced back after a hard-fought loss to open the season on Friday, as the Orange and Garnet swept Centre College, 3-0, in straight sets.

Junior transfer Maggie Mathews shined in the sweep, tallying her second double-double in as many matches with the Scots.

The Fernandina, Fla. native posted 10 kills and 13 digs, while hitting at a .364 clip over the Colonels.

"I thought Maggie played with a lot more poise in the second match," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "Getting used to new surroundings and new setters and all that, it's a big deal to come in and have a double-double. For her, in particularly, she minimized her service errors, and she just saw the court really, really well. She came up strong for us."

In just two matches with the Scots, Mathews has posted 25 kills and 33 digs.

For Schram, it was good to see her team respond in the day's second match. MC had just 13 attack errors, while cutting their service errors in half from their season opener.

"We talked about going back to the basics of controlling things that we could control," Schram said. "I think the first match was hard to know that, minus serving aggressive and taking care of those things, we played well. We took that into this match. I think it can show. We had six aces with only seven service errors. That percentage, I'm much happier with. Then, hitting .246 is a team is pretty good. I'll take it."

After a first set that saw seven ties and two lead changes, Maryville was able to capitalize late. The Scots took the opening set, 25-19, to set the tone in the match.

MC hit .282 in the set, as they posted 15 total kills. Maryville's defense held the Colonels to just a .083 percentage in the opening set, while keeping them a 0.00 through the next two.

Dejane Hester-Taylor, Meredith Bonee and Brianne Sidner each had four kills in the first set, while Bonee added a pair of service aces.

In the second set, the Scots hit .167, taking the win 25-20. Sidner again had four kills, while Mathews added a trio of her own. MacKenzie Marcrum and Bonee had five digs each in the set.

The third set was the Scots' most dynamic. They tallied a .333 kill percentage, as they had 13 kills and only two errors. MC took the final match by the score of 25-10, as Mathews added five kills and four digs.

Maryville College (1-1) followed Mathews' double-double with nine kills from Bonee. She added a double-double of 20 assists and 12 digs, while posting three service aces. Saidee McDaniel had 15 assists and seven digs with an ace, while Marcrum led the defense with 16 digs.

Centre College (0-1) was paced Alice Rodgerson's eight-kill effort. Kylie Cochran added a double-double of 18 assists and 11 digs, while Peyton Vacala posted 16 digs to lead the Colonels' defensive efforts.

Maryville College will return to action tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 31. The Scots will look to close out the Bicentennial Invitational Classic against Washington & Lee University at 2:30 p.m. inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium.