RALEIGH, N.C. - After three back-and-forth sets with the visiting Monarchs of Methodist University, the Avenging Angels volleyball squad took control of tonight's match to claim a 3-1 USA South victory. Set scores included 25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 25-14.
Meredith improved to 10-7 overall and 3-2 in the conference, while the Monarchs (12-8) slipped to 1-3 versus USA South competition.
The Avenging Angels opened tonight's "Pink" event with a 5-1 lead on a service ace from senior setter Kara Baughman, back-to-back blasts from classmate Cori Spade and a pair of kills from Molly Markley down the middle.
The teams traded the next six points before MU launched a quiet comeback capped off with five unanswered points to pull within two at 16-14. The Monarchs stayed on the hunt until reaching a 21-18 lead on a trio of kills from Risa Smith.
A flurry of Methodist missteps let Meredith back in the door for an eventual set-one win and a 1-0 match lead.
The Avenging Angels capitalized on the win wasting no time opening up to an 8-1 lead in the second. MU's Smith crushed a kill to put an end to Meredith's rally igniting a 5-0 run to even the score at nines.
Meredith chipped in a few points along the way but the Monarchs maintained a clear advantage on to a 25-18 win to tie the match.
Methodist countered with a six-point run of their own to claim a one point advantage at 7-6.
Back-to-back blows from freshman outside Emily Hendricks put the Avenging Angels back on top. MU stuffed Hendricks once before she ripped another winner.
The Monarchs claimed three straight rallies before Meredith posted a trio of their own.
At an even 13-13 on a pair of kills from Methodist, MC's Spade crushed back-to-back bl ows to open up a 7-0 rally. The run forced Monarch coach Eddie Matthews to whistle for both his timeouts to snap his team out of the rut.
Methodist kept pace with the Avenging Angels during the next seven plays before a pair of miscues pushed the hosts to a 25-17 edge.
The deflated Monarchs struggled in the early moments of the fourth frame before Smith roped three straight kills to pull her team within three at 10-7.
Markley connected on back-to-back blasts to pull away from Methodist. Hendricks, Brandon and junior Clarke Glendenning chimed in along the way to a 25-14 set advantage for a 3-1 win.
Hendricks posted a team high 14 kills, while Markley and Spade combined for 17 blasts in .300 hitting. White tallied 17 digs and Baughman dished out 28 assists on the night.
Methodist's Smith led her team with 14 kills in 37 attempts. Karly Klimas led all with two dozen digs in the loss.
As part of tonight's breast cancer awareness event, the Avenging Angels invited longtime Meredith staff member Peggy Ross to the floor to share her first-hand experience. The emotional testimonial inspired the fans and friends in attendance.
The Avenging Angels hold onto the home court advantage this weekend hosting Averett and Maryville in a league tri-match. The action begins at Noon.