Scots storm back for a 3-1 win over LaGrange behind a dozen aces

Scots storm back for a 3-1 win over LaGrange behind a dozen aces

Maryville College moved to 13-0 in conference play on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots roared back from a 1-0 deficit for a 3-1 win over LaGrange College.

The Scots lost the first set, 25-22, before allowing no more than 14 points in each of the final three. MC took the match with three-straight sets at a score of 25-9, 25-12, 25-14.
Brianne Sidner and Meredith Bonee had a double-double each, as Sidner posted a 15-kill effort. She added 10 digs and a block assists. Bonee had 19 assists, 11 digs, seven kills and two blocks assists, as Maryville tallied a dozen service aces in the match – Maggie Mathews with half of that tally.

The Scots struggled in the opening set, hitting just .022 as a squad. MC gave up 11 errors to just 12 kills, as they only allowed six attack errors through the final three sets.

The two squads traded points , until LaGrange edged for a 22-18 advantage. Kills by Jazzlyn Kenner and Leigha Reynolds gave them set score, 24-19, but the Scots fought off a trio of set points with a pair of Sidner kills. Arin Wyttenbach also added a kill in the rally, but a Samantha Jones kill gave the Panthers the first set, 25-22.

Maryville found their rhythm in the second set, hitting .346 as a squad. They had 11 kills and just two errors, as they held the Panthers to a .000 effort. MC had a 6-0 run that featured a trio of service aces by Mathews to extend to a 12-4 lead.

That 6-0 run turned into a 12-1 rally, as Natalie Watts and Saidee McDaniel added aces of their own. Kelley Wandell had a pair of kills in the run, as Dejane Hester-Taylor and Mathews added a kill each.

That run would be enough for the 25-9 win in set two.

The Scots again held a key advantage in the third set, posting a .344 hitting percentage. They had 13 kills on just two errors, while the Scots held the Panthers to a .048 effort with seven errors.

LaGrange jumped to a 6-4 advantage, before MC tallied 13 of the next 15 points for a 17-8 advantage.

Mathews added two more service aces to start the run, as Sidner, Wyttenbach and Wandell posted key kills. Sidner and Bonee had kills of their own, as McDaniel added an ace.

Maryville scored each of the last four points, as Mathews had two kills, including the set cleincher for a 25-12 victory.

MC's final set was their most productive of they day. The squad hit an impressive .520 with 15 kills and two errors, as they again held the Panthers to a .000 hitting percentage. Maryville jumped to an 8-0 lead to set the tone, as McDaniel again added an ace. Mathews and Sidner had kills, as MC rode that run for a 25-14 final set.

Maryville (23-6, 13-0 USA South) was paced by Sidner and Bonee, as Mathews added 18 digs, nine kills, six aces and a pair of assists. McDaniel had 20 assists, six digs, three aces and two kills, as Wyttenbach and Wandell had seven kills each. Wyttenbach had four digs and three total blocks, while Wandell added a block assist.

Hester-Taylor had five digs, four kills, two assists and two blocks, as Natalie Watts had 12 digs, six assists and an ace. Allison Botts had two aces and an assist on the afternoon.

LaGrange (10-18, 7-6) was led by Kenner's nine kills, as Kirsetn Boyd had a double-double with 20 assists and 13 digs. Leigha Reynolds and Samantha James had 11 digs each in the USA South bout.

The Scots will take on Huntingdon College today in Montgomery, Ala., to end the regular season. First serve is slated for 5:00 p.m. eastern.