GREENSBORO, N.C. - After taking a 2-1 lead, the Avenging Angels lost two straight sets to fall to the Guilford College Quakers in tonight's non-conference pairing. The 3-2 finish included set scores of 16-25, 25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 13-15.
The Quakers opened the first set with a 9-3 lead forcing the hand of Meredith Head Coach Fiona Barkley to whistle for an early timeout. After the huddle, the Avenging Angels joined the set but could never gather more than two consecutive points during a single possession. Guilford took the set and the 1-0 lead on a four-point run, including three missteps from MC.
In set two the teams sat at an even 4-4 when Guilford's Kelsey Ruehling unleashed a four-point Quaker run. Meredith's freshman middle Jasmine Aguinaldo notched two kills to end the run and create some momentum for the Avenging Angels. She teamed up with Senior Cori Spade to stuff a GC kill and served Meredith two more winners on kills from Spade and Molly Markley to pull her team within two.
The teams split the next four points when Spade turned up the heat. She fired a blast off an assist from senior setter Kara Baughman and connected on a pair of aces to even the score again at 14's.
The teams evened the score on five more occasions when Spade ignited a 6-1 run moving her team towards a 25-22 advantage to tie the match.
The Avenging Angels jumped out early in the third with five unanswered points to force a quick Quaker timeout. Guilford remained hot on the Meredith trail but would not catch up until Malikah French launched an ace to reach the Avenging Angels at 17-17.
Freshman outside hitter Emily Hendricks and libero Ally White landed a kill and an ace before a Meredith miscue and two Brittany DeCesare kills gave Guilford their first lead at 20-19 since the opening moments of the set.
Markley drove home a pair of kills before two blows from Spade capped off a 25-20 set-three win.
The Avenging Angels came out swinging in the fourth to take a 7-5 lead. But back-to-back errors and a GC kill passed the lead to the Quakers. The team's put on a hitting clinic for the fans during the next nine plays capped off with an ace from Spade to put Meredith up 15-13.
Then the trouble started for the Avenging Angels. A patch of unforced errors left Meredith facing an unfortunate 25-19 loss.
The break gave MC a chance to shake off the blunder and regroup for the fast-paced deciding set, and the Avenging Angels jumped out to an early 6-2 lead. Guilford pulled to within one when Meredith extended their lead once again to four.
The homecourt advantage gave the Quakers a boost after Meredith muffed a serve with a three-point advantage. The Avenging Angels would not recover from the six-point Guilford run that followed.
Spade posted a game-high 21 kills adding 10 digs in the loss. Markley pitched in 13 kills and lined up for two blocks with Baughman assisting on 44 Meredith plays.
Guilford's DeCesare tallied 20 kills in .327 hitting on the night.
The Avenging Angels host Methodist University Wednesday, October 10, in a Dig Pink event. The night will include a USA South Conference presentation to Meredith for the 2012 Pennies for a Purpose Championship.