Haller's double-double, McDaniels' 50 assists lead Scots past Spirits

Haller's double-double, McDaniels' 50 assists lead Scots past Spirits

Maryville College's Nia Haller threw down a career high 18 kills, while a trio of Scots finished in double-digit kills to lead the Orange and Garnet to a 3-1 USA South win over Salem College on Thursday night.

Haller posted 18 kills on the night, as she finished with a double-double. The junior tallied a team-high 11 digs, as she posted an astonishing .680 hitting percentage on the afternoon.

Haller's 18 kills match her career high, which she set in a 3-1 win over Oglethorpe University on Oct. 20, 2015. Haller also had four service aces, two blocks and an assist on the night.

Maryville hit .255 as a squad to earn the win, 27-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-23.

The Scots (15-14, 9-5 USAS) fought off a pair of set points in the opening stanza from the Spirits, before they took the win, 27-25. It spurred a huge second set, before Salem regained momentum in the third set.

Haller was trailed by Abrianna Jones' 12-kill effort, while Brianne Sidner posted 11 kills on the evening. Julia Vineyard narrowly missed becoming the Scots' fourth double-digit attacker, as she tallied nine.

Saidee McDaniel crushed her career high with a 50 set performance for Maryville. Kaitlyn Flickinger tallied five as the next closest Scots.

Flickinger also led Maryville along with Haller and Yasmeen Chan, as the trio dished out 11 digs on the night. Mackenzie Marcrum posted nine digs, while McDaniel had seven.

The Spirits (11-17, 3-11) also saw a trio of players finish with double-digit kills. Kylie Taffer had 17 kills to go with seven digs, while Taylor Moulton had a double-double 13 kills and 13 digs. Madelyn Chappell had 14 kills for Salem.

Hannah Delcamp had 49 assists for the Spirits to earn a double-double behind 11 digs. Mariah Sharon led Salem defensively with 21 digs on the night.

Maryville currently ranks second within the USA South Western Division. The Scots host LaGrange College (19-12, 7-7) on Saturday, Oct. 29 at noon, and with a win, they would earn an all-important bye in the first round of the USA South Athletic Conference Tournament. Maryville would also host the opening round and the quarterfinals.

The Conference Tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, Nov. 1