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Knights Hand Volleyball a Tough 3-0 Loss in Home Opener

Hannah Blaylock

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The visiting St. Andrews Knights handed Meredith College volleyball a 3-0 (25-11, 25-23, 25-18) loss in the home opener Tuesday evening. Hannah Blaylock distributed a match high 25 assists and four service aces.

The Avenging Angels struggled to find a rhythm on their home hardwood with a positive hitting percentage in just the middle set. SAU opened the match hitting .375, while Meredith failed to find the court through much of the set.

The Knights opened set two 5-2, but MCVB rebounded with help from back-to-back service aces from Katie Keen to put Meredith back in front 6-5. The teams remained close through an even 14-14, but a pair of Angel missteps allowed the visitors to spread the gap back to four. Elisabeth Smith ended the rally with a kill from Blaylock, but a pair of Meredith errors kept SAU in front 20-15.

Alex Hafliger and Corey kept the Angels in the mix, and Blaylock landed her first ace to pull MCVB to within two at 22-20. Andrews picked up two more before Corey blasted one from the outside, and Cathy Delano led back-to-back block assists to give the Angels a fighting chance. But another MCVB miscue ended the set with St. Andrews out front 2-0.

SAU continued to reap the benefits of Meredith's struggling offense in the third set to take an early 10-2 lead. E. Smith and Blaylock finally ended the run, and S. Smith landed a pair of winners from the service line to open the door for the Angels.

The visitors did not miss a beat to advance their lead quickly back to nine and went on to extend that lead to 11 before the Angels stepped back in the game. Corey landed a kill, and Blaylock followed with three service aces to pull Meredith back to within five at 20-15. MCVB continued to battle but would not find a way out of the hole in time.

Corey finished with eight kills, nine digs, and three front liners, Haley Reeg, Hafliger, and E. Smith, added five kills apiece. Keen led the Angels with 10 digs, and S. Smith gathered seven.

Tessa Smith led the Knights with eight kills, and the team combined for 11 blocks on the night.

Meredith enjoys a break in the action this weekend, and returns to Weatherspoon next Wednesday playing host to new USA South member Pfeiffer University. Follow the live action HERE at 7 p.m.