No. 2 Maryville Downs No. 7 Meredith 3-0 in USA South Semifinal
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Seventh-seeded Meredith College ended a 13-13 season with a 3-0 loss to the No. 2 Scots of Maryville in tonight's nightcap of the USA South Volleyball Tournament in Martinsville, Virginia. Maryville improved to 20-11 on the season winning 11 of their last dozen matches. Set scores were 25-12, 25-9, 25-20.
Only senior Avenging Angel Cori Spade finished the match with double-digit kills posting 11 on the night. Teammate senior setter Kara Baughman picked up a team-high nine digs and dished out seven assists in the disappointing finish for Meredith.
The Scots excelled in all phases of the game with setter Teri Lind dumping six kills in just nine attempts. She was joined by Kara Strickland who added nine to lead their team to an impressive .321 hitting in the sweep. Lind recorded 25 assists with libero Mallory Bonee grabbing 14 digs on the night.
Maryvile came out swinging and cruised to a 12-3 lead early in the opening frame. Meredith freshman Jasmine Aguinaldo blasted a kill, setter Clarke Glendenning fired an ace and Spade capped off the 4-1 run with a winner to keep the set respectable.
But a stuff from the Scots launched a 7-0 run complete with a pair of ball handling errors from Meredith, an issue for the Avenging Angels in tonight's loss.
Spade and Baughman continued to battle but could not help their team recover from the double-digit deficit and took the 25-12 set loss.
The second frame continued in much the same way with Maryville jumping out early to a 10-1 advantage. Aguinaldo, Molly Markley and Spade ripped a trio of kills but the Scots pushed ahead to a 13-point lead at 16-3.
Maryville made haste as they coasted to a 25-9 victory with little opposition from the Angels.
Glendenning took advantage of three unforced errors from the Scots to carry her team to a 4-1 advantage in the third stanza. Spade recorded a pair of winners to maintain that lead at 7-4.
A pair of kills set up by Lind pulled Maryville to within one, and the team went on to add four more winners in the next six plays to take the lead 10-9.
Freshman middle Sarah Brandon subbed in for two quick points to help the Avenging Angels regain the lead at 13-12. But the unforced errors continued to plague a young Meredith squad who found themselves once again in the hole at 19-14.
Spade connected on three more winners before Meredith faltered on a final service error to end the set 25-20 for the match.
Maryville advances to Saturday's semifinals and will take on No. 3 N.C. Wesleyan at 2:00 p.m. League leader Christopher Newport University pairs with No. 2 Averett in the Noon semi as the top four seeds advance from today's opening round.