STAUNTON, Va. - In today's final regular season play day, Meredith College posted a 1-1 record. The Avenging Angels suffered a 3-1 (21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 19-25) loss to The Pride of Greensboro College and capped off the day with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-9) sweep over host Mary Baldwin.
The final USA South tournament pairings will be determined Sunday as the conference season comes to a close. Meredith secured second place in the North division standings and will face the No. 3 seed in the South in round one.
Quarterfinal action begins Friday, November 8, in Martinsville, Virginia, with the semis and championship games slated for Saturday. All matches will be played in Stone Hall on the campus of Patrick Henry Community College.
In today's opening match both Greensboro and Meredith fought hard to maintain control. During the first half of set one, the teams tied the score on eight occasions and exchanged the lead three times through a score of 14-12.
But Greensboro cruised past the Avenging Angels on an 8-1 run to a 21-16 advantage.
A Molly Markley kill combined with a pair of unforced GC errors edged Meredith back to within two for a chance at the lead.
But the USA South's second-leading attacker Liz Widenhouse landed a kill and combined with a teammate for a stuff to push her team on to a 25-21 set-one victory.
Greensboro carried the momentum into the second frame and held an eight-point lead at 15-7.
Freshman Elizabeth Pattison and senior setter Anna Hayes picked up a kill apiece and GC added a pair of missteps to help the Avenging Angels tally four of the next six points. The teams battled for an advantage during the next series with The Pride holding a seven-point lead through 23-16.
A poised Meredith squad led by Jasmine Aguinaldo at the service line put together nine consecutive points to secure the win and tie the match.
The final two sets remained close but Greensboro carefully moved past Meredith to capture the win.
The nightcap paired host Mary Baldwin with the Avenging Angels, and Meredith stepped out to an early advantage at 14-7.
A 9-2 run by the Fighting Squirrels tied the score at 16s before a service error gave the ball back to Meredith's Karlie Long.
Long served five consecutive winners to edge back in front. The Avenging Angels allowed just one more MBC point on the way to a set-one victory.
To open set two, rookie libero Emery McGee served the Angels to a 9-1 advantage, complete with a trio of service aces.
Mary Baldwin pushed back but the Avenging Angels never relinquished control on to a 2-0 match lead.
Meredith put away a deflated Mary Baldwin squad 25-9 to close out the USA South win.
Long and Markley led Meredith with 20 and 18 kills on the day, respectively. Long added 11 digs versus The Pride for her 14th career double-double, adding six blocks on the day. Aguinaldo notched seven blocks, eight kills, and McGee led Meredith with 33 digs. Freshman defensive specialist Keegan Lynch tallied 14 digs in the loss to Greensboro and picked up a sevice ace and two digs versus Mary Baldwin.
The Avenging Angels are slated to play the 3 p.m. quarterfinal match in Martinsville Friday, November 8, and await final USA South action for an opponent.