RALEIGH, N.C. -- The East Division's second-seeded Meredith College volleyball team downed the East's third-seeded William Peace Pacers 3-1 (28-26, 25-12, 25-27, 25-16) in Tuesday night's USA South quarterfinal action. Karlie Long led the Avenging Angels with 16 kills, 11 digs for her first double-double on the season.
Meredith will advance to Friday's 4 p.m. semifinal match versus the West's fourth-seeded LaGrange College, who upset their division's top-seeded Covenant Scots. Averett University, the East's number one seed, will face off with the West's second-seeded Maryville Scots at 6:30 p.m. Both semifinals and Saturday's 2 p.m. championship round will be played in the Grant Center on the campus of AU.
The Angels seemed a bit sluggish in the opening set and trailed much of the way. But a solo stuff from Haley Reeg pulled the Avenging Angels to within one at 22-21, and a Pacer miscue led to two more points to edge Meredith in front.
William Peace called for a break in the action and returned to the floor to retake the lead 24-23, and both teams refused to back down. A pair of Long kills helped the Angels finally finish off WPU for a 1-0 match advantage.
Meredith used the win to generate confidence for a more aggressive attack in the second stanza. Elizabeth Pattison and Long led the Angels on an 8-3 run to extend their advantage to 20-13 and force a Pacer timeout. The intermission worked for WPU, who scored six unanswered points.
Alex Hafliger ended the drought, and Keegan Lynch entered to serve MCVB to 22-20. Caroline Corey blasted a pair of winners, and Reeg gave the Angels set point. Reeg then finished off Peace with a stuff to give Meredith a two-set lead with a spot in Friday's semifinals on the line.
The Pacers jumpstarted the third stanza 8-1 and would remain in control throughout the set.
A Pattison kill evened the score on the third occasion at 23, and a ball handling error gave Meredith their first lead of the frame. Back-to-back winners from the Pacers gave WPU match-point, but Reeg evened the score once more at 25's. The effort was shortlived, though, as the Pacers finished off the frame to force a fourth set.
William Peace maintained the momentum early in the fourth, but Meredith finally settled down to ease back into control. A 4-0 rally midway through the stanza spread the gap to three, and Meredith maintained that spread until Long slammed a winner at 17-14. Corey landed back-to-back kills, and Hannah Blaylock put away a fourth as the Angels steadily pulled away from Peace.
Meredith scored five of the next seven points to finish off WPU for the win.
Corey talled 14 kills, seven digs, and Reeg notched 10 kills to go along with five blocks. Pattison notched 10 kills, and Hafliger added seven. Blaylock dished out a match-high 48 assists and Lynch racked up 17 digs with four service aces.
Laura Bland tallied 15 kills, 17 digs for William Peace, and Carson Williams recorded 25 digs in the loss.