Scots sweep Pride for first USA South win

Scots sweep Pride for first USA South win

The Maryville College Scots used a sweep of Greensboro College on Friday night to earn their first USA South victory of the season, 3-0.

Maryville fell earlier in the day in a hard-fought match against Averett University, 3-2, before winning the nightcap.

After a back and forth first set in the last game of the afternoon USA South quad match, Maryville managed a 32-30 win over the Pride. They carried that momentum for a 25-20, 25-13 second and third set to earn the sweep of the USA South foe. Kills by Julia Vineyard and Abrianna Jones broke 30-all tie to give the Scots the momentum.

For Maryville, it was Vineyard that led the way. The senior tallied 13 kills to go along with a block solo and a block assist. Vineyard hit .358 on the night, scoring 14.5 of Maryville's points.

Freshman Brianne Sidner followed Vineyard with 11 kills of her own, while posting a team-leading .308 hitting percentage. Sidner had seven digs, one assist and one service ace for the Scots, while Nia Haller added seven kills and Jones, six.

Saidee McDaniel had 29 assists for the Scots, while Taylor Youell added eight of her own. Kaitlyn Flickinger led the defensive charge with 20 digs, while adding two assists and a service ace. Haller had 13 digs, while McDaniel narrowly missed her second double-double of the day with nine digs. Allison Botts added eight defensive stops.

Haller also had two block solos and a block assist for the Scots, as Maryville hit .203 as a squad.

The Scots held Greensboro to just a .052 hitting percentage, keeping any of the Pride from reaching double-digit kills. Even Sherer had eight kills, while Brandy Johnson tallied seven.

Darrian Bolt had 17 assists for the Pride, while Tori Belcher had 16 digs to lead Greensboro in the loss.

In the day's first match, Maryville College faced back-and-forth competition with Averett to open the quad match, as the Cougars took the contest. The Scots fell 3-2 by the scores of 20-25, 25-11, 18-25, 25-23, 12-15.

A huge kill by Maryville's Jones sent the match to its fifth set. Maryville jumped to a 7-4 lead, but an 8-2 run late gave the Cougars a 12-9 lead. They would not look back, as Hannah Shields put down the winning kill for Averett, 15-12.

Maryville was led by Haller's double-double effort. The senior tallied 10 kills on offense, while posting 14 digs. She also tallied a game-high five blocks, including two solo stops late in the fourth set.

Vineyard had 15 kills, while Sidner tallied 13 kills. Jones had eight kills for the Scots.

McDaniel had a huge game for the Scots, posting a double-double, as well. The freshman setter put up 44 assists to go with 11 digs. She also had four kills for Maryville with only one setting error.

Flickinger had 23 digs to lead Maryville defensively, as Haller and McDaniel each had their double-digit defensive day. Maryville tallied 11 blocks, as Kori Jacot added three solo stops on the day.

 Allison Botts added three service errors – each coming back-to-back-to-back – as the only aces for the Scots on the afternoon.

Maryville out-hit the Cougars, .210 to .189, but 23 unforced errors slowed the Scots.

Averett saw Hannah Shields finish the afternoon with 29 total kills with a .243 hitting percentage. She had 13 digs to finish with a double-double, while adding three assists and three service aces. She contributed 32 of Averett's 67 points on the day, as the only Cougar to finish in double-digit kills.

Keenan Marks had 47 digs, as Emily Stanley (16), Christiana Summa (15), Shields (13) and Lynsey Corriher (10) finished with double-digit digs for the USA South foe.

Averett had nine service aces.

Maryville moves to 6-8 on the season, while holding a 1-1 mark in the USA South. Greensboro falls to 8-5, 1-1, as Averett goes to 10-6, 2-0.

The Scots will host their second USA South quad match of the weekend tomorrow. Maryville will play Methodist University at 1 p.m., before taking on William Peace University at 7 p.m. tomorrow night. Wesleyan College (Ga.) will take on the pair between MC's matches.