Bonee tabbed USA South Player of the Week in leading Scots to Western Division title

Bonee tabbed USA South Player of the Week in leading Scots to Western Division title

Maryville College's Meredith Bonee was tabbed the USA South Player of the Week, after the sophomore led the Scots to USA South Western Division Regular Season Title for the first time since 2014.

Bonee – a sophomore from Knoxville, Tenn. – managed 2.90 kills, 4.40 assists and 2.70 digs for a 3-0 mark last week.

That rally allowed Maryville to go undefeated in USA South play with a 14-0 record – the first such mark of its kinds since 2014.

"Meredith is playing some of her best ball right now," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "She's steady, and she's playing a complete game. She's focused on providing the best ball she can to her hitters, and then, when it's her turn, she's putting the ball down."

Bonee posted 44 assists, 29 kills, 27 digs, four blocks and three aces in 10 sets for Maryville. With the regular season title, the Scots earn the right to host the first round of the conference tournament.

The USA South slate will begin inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Fourth-seeded LaGrange College will take on fifth-ranked Berea College at 5:00 p.m.

Maryville will face the winner of that match at 7:30 p.m., as the Scots earn a bye in the tournament. Admission will be $6 for adults and $3 for students, children and seniors. Season passes will not be honored for the conference tournament.

The sophomore right side/setter combo led MC to a 3-0 sweep of non-conference foe Emory & Henry College on Senior Night. Each of the Scots' seven seniors had a hand in the victory, as Bonee posted seven kills, seven digs, nine assists, three aces and a block assists over the Wasps.

She came back on Saturday, leading Maryville to a three-set comeback over USA South foe LaGrange College. The Panthers jumped to a 1-0 lead, before MC won the last three to set up the showdown with Huntingdon College.

Bonee again added seven kills, as she tallied her 19th double-double or better of the season. She had 19 assists and 11 digs with a pair of blocks in the victory.

The sophomore would notch her 20th double-double or better performance in the following match, as she missed her season high for kills by only one.

"She came out ready," Schram said. "I'm going to say a lot of that was Saidee [McDaniel]. Saidee set an exceptional match. She gave the ball to the right people at the right time, and Meredith did an exceptional job."

Bonee had 15 kills and 16 assists for the double-double, as she added nine digs and a block to complete the 14-0 record with a 3-0 sweep. The Hawks were the only squad to take Maryville to five sets this season, as the Scots defeated them in a highly contested 3-2 bout on Oct. 12.

In 100 sets played this season, Bonee averages 4.54 assists, 3.07 digs and 2.56 kills per set. The Knoxville Catholic product has 256 kills with a .250 percentage, as she's added 454 assists. She had 307 digs, 56 aces and 26 total blocks on the year.

"You know, the key with Meredith right now is getting her to play her best right now," Schram said. "She has so much more in her, and it's fun watching her really play a game that she loves. I am hopeful that we can keep it alive, and we can continue to get her the ball. She still has so much in her, and it's fun to watch her play and coach her."

In her two-year career, Bonee has 438 kills and 907 assists. She added 537 digs, 92 service aces and 50 total blocks.