The No. 3-ranked Emory University Eagles were too much for Maryville College on Friday night, as the Scots fell 3-0.
Emory used 42 kills on the night to take the three-set match, 25-12, 25-12, 25-14.
Maryville jumped out to an early 4-2 lead in the opening set, as the Scots found a kill from Kelley Wandell. The Eagles would claw back to tie it at 5-5, before kills by Wandell and Espinal would give Maryville a 4-2 run. The Scots led 8-6, before a nine-point streak from Emory would make the score, 15-8, in favor of the Eagles.
Espinal would find another kill in the first set, before Emory took the set, 25-12.
In the second set, Maryville would again jump out to a 4-2 lead on Rhianna Tyldesley's kill. Emorey wou find a 9-1 rally after that, to take a 13-6 lead. A service ace from Nia Haller, combined with kills from Tyldesley and Wandell would cut the lead to 16-11, before Emory used a 6-0 run that would extend to 9-1 for a 25-12 set-two victory.
In the third set, the Scots would again take advantage, jumping to a 3-1 lead on a kill from Haller and an Allison Botts' service ace. Emory would reclaim the lead, 5-3, before an Arin Wyttenbach kills and Haller's second ace of the match would knot things at 5-all.
Kills from Dejane Hester-Taylor and Botts would cut the score to 9-8, in favor of Emory, before 5-1 run would make it 14-9. The Eagles would chip away, exchanging points for the 25-14 set three win for the match.
Maryville (8-9) was led by Wandell's three kills. Espinal, Haller and Tyldesley each recorded a pair, while Hester-Taylor, Wyttenbach and Botts each had one.
Saidee McDaniel and Taylor Youell each had six assist for the Scots, as Haller added a pair of service aces to go with Botts one. Yasmeen Chan and Youell each had eight digs, while Tyldesley added five. Kaitlyn Flickinger, Haller and McDaniel each had four.
For Emory (17-2), it was Sydney Leimbach who had eight kills, while Leah Saunders added seven. Mady Arles had 23 assists for the Eagles to Sarah Porter's 111, as Logan Van reken had nine digs to lead the squad.
The Scots will travel to Demorest, Ga. tomorrow, as they take on a pair of USA South foes. MC plays Piedmont at noon, before taking on Huntingdon College at 2 p.m.