Maryville College's Brianne Sidner tallied a huge double-double of 17 kills and 20 digs on Thursday night, but it wouldn't be enough against Birmingham-Southern College, 4-1.
The Scots took the first set, 26-24, before the Panthers rallied to take the final three, 25-13, 25-23, 25-10.
Sidner also added a pair of blocks to her impressive stat line.
Maryville opened the first set with back-and-forth 26-24 victory, as they played extra. Brianne Sidner shined in the set, nearing a double-double with five kills and seven digs in the opening stanza. Arin Wyttenbach added four kills and a trio of blocks, while Linnea Liebert and Meredith Bonee had two blocks each.
MC battled Birmingham-Southern to an 9-9 tie, as the two squads posted eight ties and four lead changes until that point. The Scots found momentum to take a 16-13 lead on a Wyttenbach kills from Bonee.
The Panthers rallied to tie it at 17. Birmingham-Southern took a 22-21 lead on a Marjorie Ward kill. MC found set points, as Wyttenbach and Bonee combined for a block. A Jeneva Salter kill knotted it at 24-all, before kills by Wyttenbach and Bonee would give MC the 26-24 first-set victory.
Birmingham-Southern College rallied in the second set, scoring the final nine points to take a 25-13 win. The Panthers hit .359 for the set, as they held the Scots to a .025 clip for the set.
The Scots fell behind in the third set, 15-7, before MC would rally. A pair of kills by both Bonee and Sidner was coupled with a pair of Panther errors to cut the score to 15-13 on six-straight.
Saidee McDaniel would find a kill, as MaKenzie Marcrum tallied back-to-back aces to knot things at 19-all. The Panthers made it 23-20 on kills by Julia Denby and Jeneva Salter, before Kate Finn and Sidner could tie things at 23-all with a kill each.
A Maryville error and a Salter kill gave the Panthers the third set, 25-23.
Maryville would fall behind in the fourth set, 8-1, before the Panthers could extend their lead to 20-5. Kills by Dejane Hester-Taylor and Sidner wouldn't be enough, as Birmingham-Southern took the match with a 25-10 four-set victory.
Maryville (8-7) Wyttenbach followed Sidner's performance with seven kills and five blocks, as Bonee had 29 assists, eight digs, four kills, four blocks and a service ace. Hester-Taylor tallied four kills, two digs and two blocks, as Marcurm led the defense with 18 digs, two aces and an assist. Yasmeen Chan had 12 digs, an ace and an assist for the Scots, as Maryville recorded nine total blocks on the night.
Birmingham-Southern (12-5) saw Salter record 17 kills, four digs, two blocks and an assist, as Denby had 13 kills and seven blocks. Milea Ray had a double-double 19 digs and 10 kills, as Ansheligh Dailey added 34 assists to Reilly Vought's 13. In all, five Panthers recorded double-digit digs with Caroline Johnson leading the way with 24.
Maryville will take to the road this weekend, as the face a pair of USA South matches in Montgomery, Ala. The Scots will face Huntingdon College at 1 p.m. EST, 12 p.m. CST, before tussling with Piedmont College at 3 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. CST. Both matches are Saturday, Oct. 6.