Scots advance to USA South Volleyball Finals with 3-1 win over Meredith

Scots advance to USA South Volleyball Finals with 3-1 win over Meredith

The Maryville College Volleyball squad advanced to the USA South Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday, as the Scots upended Meredith College, 3-1.

Three different Maryville players tallied double-doubles on Friday night in Brianne Sidner, Saidee McDaniel and Meredith Bonee. Maggie Mathews led the way with 18 kills, while Sidner added 11 in the 25-12, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17 victory.

Maryville – the top seed from the West Division – advanced to the championship game, which will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 9. The Scots will take on the East Division top seed Averett University at Averett in Danville, Va. First serve is slated for 3:00 p.m., and live stats and video will be available.

Maryville go things started off in the first set, as they held the Avenging Angles to a negative .033 hitting percentage. MC hit .241 with 11 kills, as Mathews, Sidner and Dejane Hester-Taylor combined for 10 of those. Mathews had four kills, while Sidner and Hester-Taylor had three each. Hester-Taylor hit .750 in the set, while Sidner hit .375.

Natalie Watts and McDaniel had an assist each, while Sidner and Watts added four digs apiece in the first set.

The two teams played to a 6-6 tie, before Maryville would score 19 of the next 25 points, including 11 of the last 13. MC scored the final eight points of the match on an 8-0 run, as Mathews and Sidner had two kills each in the run for a 25-12 final.

In the second set, Maryville continued to their hitting effort with a .255 percentage. Sidner added five kills, six digs and two block assists in the set, as Mathews added four kills and six digs. Kelley Wandell had three kills, as Watts, Bonee and McDaniel added five digs each.

Maryville trailed 7-6 early, before storming back on a Wandell kill and a Mathews ace. The teams traded points to a 15-14 score, as the Scots scored six of the next seven for a 20-15 advantage. Hester-Taylor, Sidner and Wandell had key kills in the run, as it would be enough to hold off Meredith, 25-20.

In the third set, the Avenging Angels came alive. They hit .226, while holding MC to .135 with seven errors. Caroline Corey had five of the 12 kills for Meredith in the run, as she hit .444 alone. Maryville spread their 12 kills amongst seven players, as Mathews led the way with three.

The squads traded points back and forth, as Meredith took a 20-19 lead. The Avenging Angels rallied, scoring five of the last six as Corey posted three kills in the final run. Meredith forced a fourth set with the 25-20 win.

Maryville would find their best hitting effort of the match in the third set, tallying a .324 effort. Mathews had a team-leading seven kills of the squad's 16. McDaniel added 10 assists, while Watts led the way with six digs for MC.

Meredith jumped to a 2-0 lead on back-to-back kills by Corey, before Maryville scored seven of the next eight for a 7-3 lead on a Bonee kill. The Scots scored the next six, as Bonee had a trio of service aces and a kill, 12-4.

MC rode that stellar run, as back-to-back kills by Mathews and Sidner gave the Scots a 25-17 victory to advance.

Maryville College (26-6) was led by Mathews who had a 18 kills and 9 digs. She hit .263, while adding a service ace and a block assists.

Sidner had 11 kills and 17 digs for a double-double, as she added two block assists and an assist. McDaniel had a double-double with 22 assists, 11 digs, two kills and an ace, while Bonee added 21 assists, 10 digs, three aces and a block assist.

Hester-Taylor had nine kills, three digs and a block assist. Wandell added six kills and a block assist, while Watts posted 17 digs, seven assists and two aces. Arin Wyttenbach tallied three kills and four block assists for the Scots.

Meredith College (20-9) was paced by Corey's 13 kills, while Bailey Lucas added 18 assists. Lauren Phillips had 19 digs, while Hailey Long added 11. The Avenging Angels had seven total blocks in the match.