Bonee garners USA South Rookie of the Week behind sixth collegiate double-double

Bonee garners USA South Rookie of the Week behind sixth collegiate double-double

Maryville College's Meredith Bonee picked up her second-consecutive USA South Rookie of the Week honor this week, as the first-year standout led the Scots to a 4-1 record.

Bonee – a Knoxville, Tenn. native – had 83 assists, 50 digs, 33 kills, six aces and four blocks, as she averaged a double-double with 16.6 assists and 10 digs per match on the week.

"This week we have experienced every kind of emotion from the whole spectrum, and Meredith is absolutely one of those," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "She's a dynamic player, but she's still a freshman. What was really fun this week was seeing her explore what it means to be a college athlete and playing that many matches in a short span. We play again tomorrow night. Just seeing the physicality and her processing the different matches, you could just see that her level of play is getting better and better. It's fun to watch her play."

Maryville faced five matches over a span of five days, as the Scots had four matches over Saturday and Sunday this week.

On Wednesday night, Bonee led Maryville with her fifth double-double of her career. In a 3-2 loss to USA South foe Covenant College, she tallied 17 assists and 17 digs. The freshman standout added seven kills, two aces and block to her stat line on the night to finish with 9.5 points for the Scots.

Against Agnes Scott College on Saturday – also a USA South matchup – Bonee led the Maryville to a 3-0 sweep. She had 13 assists, four kills, three digs, two aces and a block in just two sets played in the match. The Knoxville Catholic product hit .571 for the match.

The Scots completed the Saturday sweep against Johnson University with a 3-0 shutout. Bonee neared her second collegiate triple double with 15 assists, nine digs and eight kills in the match.

On Sunday, Maryville's rollercoaster began. The Scots defeated Guilford College in a back-and-forth, four-set match, 3-1.

Bonee recorded her fifth 20-plus assist match of her career, as she tallied 21 sets. She added nine digs, seven kills, two aces and a block for a complete match.

In the week's final match, Bonee helped Maryville fight off a 2-0 deficit and a pair of match points to earn a 3-2 victory over ODAC foe Emory & Henry College. The 5-foot-10 setter collected her sixth collegiate double-double with 17 assists and 12 digs. She added seven kills with a .143 hitting percentage and a block in the victory.

"She's an offensive threat, but what we're really trying to develop is the set selection, the defense, and making sure that one aspect of the game doesn't get in the way," Schram said. "The fact that she can have a double-double, it means that we're chipping away. She's not just a single dimension player. She really is multi-dimensional, and to be able to push her in those realms is what's exciting for us."

On the season, Bonee has a 4.48 assists per set average, as she has 197 assist in 11 matches. She has 111 digs for a 2.52 digs per set mark, while posting 75 career kills.

The freshman standout has 15 service aces to her credit and eight blocks.

Bonee will look to lead the Scots into another grueling week, as the Scots face a trio of USA South matches beginning with Berea College.

Maryville will take on the Mountaineers tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 25 inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium. First serve is set for 6:00 p.m.