The Battle of the Scots took extra volleyball for the second time this season, as Maryville College couldn't hold off a late Covenant College rally, 3-2.
Covenant took the first 25-17, before Maryville took sets two and three, 25-16 and 25-17 on a pair of long rallies. However, the Georgian Scots took the victory with 25-23, 15-11 scores.
Maryville and Covenant battled to a 5-5 tie in the opening set behind a Linnea Liebert kill from Yasmeen Chan. However, the Georgian Scots would score 10 of the next 12, with Liebert and Dejane Hester-Taylor recording kills for Maryville in that stretch.
A pair of kills each for Brianne Sidner and Hester-Taylor was coupled with a Chan ace, but it wouldn't be enough. Covenant rode that early surge to take set one, 25-17.
Hester-Taylor, Sidner and Liebert would continue to lead Maryville at the net in the second half, as the two squad knotted things at 13-all. The Scots scored 12 of the next 15 points in the set to take the victory, 25-16.
Hester-Taylor had a pair of kills and a pair of aces in the rally, before an Arin Wyttenbach kill would end the set in Maryville's favor.
MC again used a late rally to take set two from the Georgian Scots. Trailing 13-11, Maryville scored 14 of the next 17 to take set three. Meredith Bonee had a kill from Taylor Youell, as Bonee would assist on a kill by Liebert and Wyttenbach each. Sidner had a pair of aces in the rally to give Maryville a 25-17 third-set win.
In the fourth set, Maryville took an 11-7 lead with another Sidner ace. Covenant scored the next four before extending that to seven of the next eight to take a 14-12 lead. A Hannah Harris kill and an MC error extended Covenant's lead to 19-14, before the Orange and Garnet could mount a rally.
Sidner and Wyttenbach posted kills, as an Allison Botts kills cut Covenant's lead to one, 21-20. Covenant's Allie Jakes found a kill to extend it to 22-20, before Wyttenbach's kill and a Georgian Scot error knotted things at 22. Maryville took the lead, 23-22, as Alexa Spurling tied it at 23-all.
Back-to-back kills by Sara Delk and Spurling gave Covenant the fourth set, 25-23.
Maryville rallied to an 8-4 lead in the deciding fifth set on a Liebert kill. Covenant rallied to score four straight points with Emily Moore's ace knotting things at 8-all.
Sidner found a kill from Hester-Taylor to regain the lead, but the Covenant squad seven of the next nine to take the match, 3-2.
Maryville College (10-8, 5-3 USA South) was led by Sidner's 13-kill effort, as she tallied 17 digs, three aces and two assists. Bonee had 27 assists, 18 digs, seven kills, three blocks and an ace, as Hester-Taylor had nine kills, six digs, four aces and a trio of blocks. Botts led the defense with 21 digs, as Chan and Youell each had 17. Wyttenbach had eight kills and six blocks, while Liebert had six kills, three digs and four blocks.
Covenant (9-10, 7-1) saw Spurling and Hannah Harris each had 15 kills, as Sara Delk had a double-double 13 kills and 18 digs. Sophie Puertas' double-double of 48 assists and 14 digs was followed by Moore's 23 dig effort. Hannah Stewart tallied 21 digs on the night.
Maryville College will look next to Agnes Scott College. The Scots will battle the Scotties tomorrow, Oct. 13, as first serve is set for noon in Decatur, Ga.