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Volleyball's Attack Too Strong for Baldwin

Volleyball's Attack Too Strong for Baldwin

STAUNTON, Va. -- The Meredith College volleyball attack proved too much for the host Mary Baldwin Fighting Squirrels in Friday's USA South action. Karlie Long and Caroline Corey combined for 19 kills to lead the Avenging Angels in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-12) road victory for their 10th consecutive win on the season.

MCVB opened set one with a 7-4 advantage only to have Baldwin respond with a four-point rally to take the lead. Meredith responded with their own 4-0 run to gain control that would continue through the remainder of the frame. Elizabeth Pattison finally finished off MBU on an assist from Hannah Blaylock to give the Angels a 1-0 match advantage.

Long and Haley Reeg helped Meredith to an early lead in the second stanza, but Mary Baldwin's Katelyn Rice interrupted the Angels' advance. Blaylock continued to direct MCVB's offense as she distributed passes throughout the front line.

A trio of Baldwin block errors allowed Meredith to spread the gap, and MCVB continued to pressure the defense to a 15-10 advantage on a winner from Alex Hafliger.

The hosts called for a break in the action and followed with a 6-2 series to edge to within one point at 17-16. A series of MBU miscues put the Angels back in front by five, and Meredith went on to win the set for a 2-0 lead.

The Avenging Angels held a two-point advantage at 12-10 in the third frame, and Reeg served back-to-back winners to extend the lead to four. But the Angels pulled away on an 11-1 run to secure the match in straight sets.

Blaylock notched a match-high 32 assists, and Keegan Lynch led all with 20 digs. Reeg and Pattison tallied seven kills apiece, and Hafliger finished with five in nine attempts to go along with three blocks in the win.

Rice led Baldwin with a dozen kills, and Reilly Kelly recorded 20 assists.

The Avenging Angels travel cross town Tuesday evening to face off with rival William Peace at 7 p.m. A ticket will be required for entry into the match. Meredith students, faculty, and staff will have an opportunity to pick up available tickets Tuesday morning beginning at 10 a.m. in Weatherspoon. Check back HERE to follow the action live.