Finn leads a complete team effort in sweep of Berea; Scots tally 15 aces

Finn leads a complete team effort in sweep of Berea; Scots tally 15 aces

The Scots used a complete team effort on Tuesday night, as Maryville toppled Berea College, 3-0, in USA South Athletic Conference action.

Maryville hit .170 for the match, while holding the Mountaineers to just a .087 hitting percentage. The Orange and Garnet recorded 15 service aces on the night to keep the sweep alive.

Tuesday's match marks the fifth-straight victory for the Scots as they move to 7-5 on the season.

Maryville College struck early with three consecutive aces from Meredith Bonee, as the Scots took a 5-0 lead. MC extended that lead to 8-1, as Madison Wilkerson recorded lone kill early.

Kills by Bonee, Saidee McDaniel and Brianne Sidner gave Maryville an 11-2 mark and control of the first set. The Scots rode that momentum to a 24-10 score, before Berea College fought off six straight set points with a pair of Katherine Gonterman kills. Sidner found the final kill in the back row for a 25-16 first-set victory.

Dejane Hester-Taylor had a trio of kills in the first set with a 1.000 hitting percentage, while Bonee added five assists and four service aces. MC hit .241 for the first set.

Kills from both Rachel Kozemko and Nadia St. Thomas gave the Scots a 4-0 lead to start the second set, as Kate Finn added another Maryville service ace. The Mountaineers clawed back into the match, knotting thigs at 8-all.

A Linnea Liebert kill and an Arin Wyttenbach block solo gave the Scots another 3-0 rally to hold off Berea from their first lead.

Hannah Potts and Liebert tallied a trio of kills, as Kate Finn and Hester-Taylor added a kill each on the way to a 25-20 second-set victory.

The Scots again took an early lead in the third set, as Taylor Youell propelled MC to a 5-0 lead with a pair of service aces.

Allison Botts, St. Thomas, Wyttenbach, Potts and Finn added kills, as MacKenzie Marcrum had an ace as the Scots took the third set, 25-19, for a 3-0 sweep.

Maryville (7-5, 2-1 USA South) was led by Finn's eight-kill effort, as she posted seven digs and a trio of service aces. Hester-Taylor had five kills at a .571 clip to go with one digs, as Wyttenbach matched her with five kills and a block. St. Thomas had a team-leading 12 assists to go with six digs, three kills and an ace.

Youell had 10 assists, four digs and four aces, as Bonee had five assists, four aces, two digs and two kills in just one set played. Marcrum had nine digs for MC, adding in four assists and a pair of aces.

For Berea College (2-9, 1-2) it was Addie Brown who had five kills to lead the squad, as she tallied 10 digs on the night. Jonesy McGregor had 10 assists for the Mountaineers in the loss.

Maryville College will look to continue their win streak, as they travel to Brevard, N.C. for a pair of conference matches on Saturday, Sept. 29. MC tussles with LaGrange College at 2 p.m., before facing the home squad Brevard College at 4 p.m.