Sidner tabbed TSWA player of the week behind 57 kills, 42 digs

Sidner tabbed TSWA player of the week behind 57 kills, 42 digs

Maryville College's Brianne Sidner was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, after the junior outside hitter led the Scots to a 4-1 mark.

Sidner posted 57 kills in the five matches for the Scots, as she added 42 digs, 10 services aces, five blocks and four assists for a complete stat line.

"Bri had a really strong week," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "She hits a very, very heavy ball. I think what elevated her play was that she minimized the errors, and she really upped her defensive game."

In a hard-fought Battle of the Scots last Wednesday night, Sidner tallied nine kills for a 1.8 kills per set average. She had 15 digs in the 3-2 loss, as well.

In Saturday's USA South match with Agnes Scot, Sidner added four kills, three digs, two aces and a block in just a pair of sets played. The Scots swept the Scotties in that match, 3-0, in what would begin a four-match win streak for Maryville.

This Marrietta, Ga. native was a key rallying point to that streak over the next three matches. The Scots swept Johnson University inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium, 3-0, behind Sidner's match-leading 14-kill effort.

The junior hit .241 for the match, as she added nine digs, three aces and a block solo. The Royals jumped to early leads in both the first two sets, before MC could rally for their second sweep of the day.

Maryville would take to the road on Sunday, facing a pair of tough challenges in Emory & Henry College and Guilford College.

Sidner rose to the occasion, posting 30 kills. She hit .290 combined in both matches, as MC would seep both schools.

"She was playing solid volleyball," Schram said. "She was varying her hit, and she was really being the offensive threat that she was capable of being. It paid off for us as a team."

This Sprayberry High product hit .405 for the four-set match in a 3-1 victory over the Quakers. Sidner had 18 kills with just a trio of errors, as she tallied seven digs, a pair of aces, an assist and a block.

She led Maryville to a .267 hitting percentage for the match, as they extended their streak to three matches.

Finally, the Scots fought off a 2-0 deficit on Sunday, as the squad fought off a pair of match points in the third set. Maryville would rally, taking the match from Emory & Henry, 3-2.

Sidner tallied her third-straight 10-plus kill effort, as the 5-foot-11 outside hitter had 12 kills. She had eight digs, three aces, three assists and a pair of blocks.

On the season, Sidner has 111 kills – 51.4 percent of those coming in last week's action. She's hit .132 for the season, while tallying 98 digs at a 2.39 per set average.

"Where Bri was struggling – she was still getting big swings – but she was making too many errors," Schram said. "So, the percentage is what was hurting us. With her focusing on minimizing that, it just changes the whole dynamic of our team as a whole."

Sidner has added 19 aces, 15 blocks and seven assists on the season.

In her three-year career, the junior has 612 career kills, averaging 2.59 per set played. She has 356 digs, 73 aces, 61 blocks and 19 assists to her credit.

Sidner will lead Maryville into a key USA South matchup tonight against Berea College. First serve inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium is set for 6 p.m.