Scots celebrate seniors with a 3-0 sweep of Emory & Henry

Scots celebrate seniors with a 3-0 sweep of Emory & Henry

Maryville College swept Emory & Henry College on Tuesday night, as the Scots celebrated Senior Day for seven seniors.

MC honored the careers of Dejane Hester-Taylor, MacKenzie Marcrum, Saidee McDaniel, Brianne Sidner, Alliston Botts, Kelley Wandell and Madison Wilkerson, as MC downed the Wasps, 25-17, 26-24, 25-21.

"They're an amazing group of women," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "To celebrate their accomplishments and to see how close they are, it's fabulous. It was a great crowd. It was fun."

These seniors have led the Scots to at least a share of the USA South Athletic Conference Western Division title this season, as they look to enter the tournament as a top-seeded squad. Maryville wraps up conference play this weekend in Montgomery, Ala.

MC followed Wilkerson's eight kills and seven digs on Friday, as the senior posted an ace and a block assists. Collectively, the senior squad tallied 24 of MC's 34 kills, 32 digs, 24 assists and eight aces in the sweep.

"We worked hard to make sure that all seven of them, for the most part, carried that game," Schram said. "They did well. We were a little out of sync, but I think a lot of that was emotion. Emory & Henry has a great team, so, it was great. To see the be able to play in front of family, friends and on the home court, that's exactly what a coach dreams of for them to hold onto that."

Maryville came out of the gates hot in the opening set, tallying seven service aces to overcome an early 8-1 deficit. Sidner and Botts posted an ace each, while Hester-Taylor, Wilkerson and Arin Wyttenbach added kills to even the score at 12-all. Maryville 13 of the next 18 points to earn the first-set victory.

Botts had three aces in the set, while Marcrum, Meredith Bonee, McDaniel and Sidner added one each. Wilkerson also had three kills and two digs in the set, as Sidner posted four digs defensively.

In the second set, Emory & Henry made a late run to knot the score at 24-all, as the Wasps hit .242 to fight out four-straight set points. A service error and a Sidner kill gave the Scots the win, 26-24.

Wilkerson again led the Scots with four kills and five digs, as she added an ace and a block assist in the second set. Sidner had three kills and three digs, as both Marcrum and Bonee had three digs each. Hester-Taylor had three kills, as Wyttenbach posted a pair with two blocks assists of her own.

In the third and final set, Maryville fought off 10 ties and three lead changes, as a late run gave them a 25-21 victory.

After a 18-all score, a pair of kills by Sidner and the serving of Wilkerson extended the Maryville lead to 22-18. Wilkerson added a late kill, as Maryville scored seven of the last 10 for the match.

Bonee had five kills on five attempts in the final set, as she added two digs and an ace. Sidner had three kills, an ace and two digs, while Marcum led MC defensively with seven digs in the final set.

Maryville College (22-6) was paced by Wilkerson's eight kills, as she hit .267. Bonee had seven kills, nine assists, seven digs and an ace, while Sidner had six kills, two aces and nine digs. Hester-Taylor had five kills and a .444 clip, while Wandell added four kills and two block assists. Wyttenbach had three kills and five block assists to her credit.

McDaniel had 19 assists on the evening, posting an ace and two digs, while Marcrum had four assists and a team-leading 12 digs. She added an ace, while Botts posted three aces and two digs.

For Emory & Henry (8-16), it was Carley Williams with eight kills. Abbie Dillon had 14 assists to Marissa Snapp's 15, as Lauren Coolidge and Abbie Jennings had nine digs each.

Maryville will round out the regular season as they travel to Montgomery, Ala., this weekend. The Scots face LaGrange College at noon, before taking on Huntingdon College at 5:00 p.m. Both times are Eastern.