Maryville College earned their first victory of the 2018 season on Friday night, as they downed Salem College, 3-1, in a non-conference match.
Maryville's Brianne Sidner had a big match, as she posted a double-double with 11 kills, 12 digs and a trio of service aces.
She helped the Scots to take the 25-23, 25-15, 22-25, 25-8 win inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
For Head Coach Kandis Schram, it was all about her squad's momentum.
"It was a great win," Schram said. "Battling, we've been working so hard on momentum. It's been disappointing in the matches before, because it's been like we've been lacking some belief. Just sitting and letting them just find it in this one, you could just see it. I was able to pull different people off the bench and just kind of let it flow. It was fun."
A key factor to that was the Scots' serves, especially in the 25-8 fourth set.
"That's what gives you the confidence," Schram said. "Serving was better. We didn't miss as many. Before, you're battling so much, and then, you chunk one in the net. The difference there was that we were able to allow our hitters to do what they do. It was good."
The Orange and Garnet tallied 11 service aces in the match, as Meredith Bonee complimented Sidner's three with four of her own.
MC used that, as the Scots' hitters posted a .186 attack for the match.
In the opening set, Salem College would jump to an early lead. A kill by Brooklyn Snow and an attack error by MC would give the Spirits a 14-10 advantage.
Maryville would mount a five-point rally to take a 15-14 lead behind kills from Sidner and Nadia St. Thomas and an ace from Bonee.
Salem would battle back for a 22-20 lead late, before Maryville would follow Arin Wyttenbach and Bonee to score five of the last six. The Scots would win set tone, 25-23.
Maryville would rally off that first set, as the Scots took a commanding victory in set two, 25-15.
The Orange and Garnet defense held Salem to just a .088 hitting percentage in the set, as MC would hit .297. Both Sidner and Wyttenbach would record four kills in the set, as Kate Finn would add a pair of key kills late to hold off a Spirit rally.
However, Salem would find rhythm in the third set. The Spirits would jump to an 11-3 lead early in the set, before the Scots could rally to tie things at 16-all on a Dejane Hester-Taylor kill.
The two squad would trade points to a 22-22 tie, before Salem would score the next three. Taylor Moulton's kill would send the match to a fourth set, 25-22.
The visiting squad would take the first point, but Maryville would rally. The Scots scored 10 of the next 12 points, as Tyldesley tallied a pair of kills in the run.
Maryville would come out the third set, however, posting their best performance of the season. The Scots hit .393 with just a pair of errors in the set to take a 25-8, fourth-set victory.
MC held Salem to just a 0.04 hitting effort in the final set.
Hester-Taylor followed Sidner's double-double with 11 kills of her own. She hit .273, while Wyttenbach hit .467 with eight kills for Maryville (1-4).
Salem (2-4) was led by Madelyn Chappell's nine kills and Moulton's eight. Maggie Hawks tallied 20 digs for the Spirits, while Hannah Delcamp had 16 assists.
The Scots will continue the Maryville College Invitational tomorrow, as they play host to Lynchburg College. First serve against the Hornets is set for noon.