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Skoglund's Defense Helps Angels to Pair of 3-0 League Wins

Emily Skoglund ready for the attack

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Emily Skoglund recorded match-high digs in Saturday's USA South play day to lead the Meredith College volleyball squad to a pair of victories. MCVB downed Pfeiffer 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-20) and finished off Greensboro 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-16).

Game 1
Meredith made quick work of the first set of the day, thanks to .407 hitting overall and 15 digs. The Angels tallied four service aces in each of the first two sets with 10 overall, and Cathy Delano and Elisabeth Smith led MCVB with four blocks apiece and 13 as a team.

The Falcons put up a bit more of a fight in the second frame as the MCVB attack faltered to a .111 hitting percentage. But the Avenging Angels held strong on defense to finish off the win.

Pfeiffer rallied late in the frame to pull back to within three at 16-13, but a pair of miscues on the outside left the door open for Meredith. Adair Melton landed a kill from Lauren Grodi, and Delano partnered with Avery Bowman to stuff the Falcons in the middle. MCVB sealed the 2-0 advantage on an error by PU.

Meredith opened the third set on a trio of kills and a pair of service winners from Delano for a 5-1 early lead. The Angels held on to a four-point advantage until Pfeiffer edged back to within one at 13-12 and then evened the game at 19s and 20s. Delano put one down in the middle, and Caroline Corey pounded a pair from the outside to push Meredith to a 23-20 lead. Delano and Bowman connected on the final point to finish off the Falcons for the sweep.

Corey notched 14 kills, six digs, and Haley Reeg tallied six kills with three blocks in the middle. Delano and E. Smith combined for nine kills, and Grodi and Bowman dished out a combined 31 assists. Skoglund led the defense with 14 digs.

Pfeiffer's Alonna Clouse recorded a team high 13 kills, and Angelina Fardella managed the Falcon court with 20 assists.

Game 2
Pfeiffer opened with a quick 2-0 lead, but Greensboro battled back to force a fourth. The Falcons finally squelched the Pride's comeback to win the match 3-1.

Game 3
Meredith and Greensboro played point-for-point to open the match until the Angels pulled away by four on a pair of Pride errors and kills from Copenhaver and Reeg. Both teams enjoyed short bursts of success, but neither team gained control of the attack. The Pride assumed the lead at 13-12 on a 6-1 rally, but MCVB countered with four consecutive points during a Delano service rally.

GC called for a break in the action and scored the next two points to trail by just one at 17-16. But Bowman served up Lauren Phillips for a kill, which led to a 5-1 rally and a second Greensboro timeout. The Angels finished out the set with the win.

Both teams continued to battle in the second frame with neither side gaining a clear advantage. With Greensboro leading by three at 12-9, Delano kicked off a six-point rally on a kill and a service winner. But the Pride's Sarah Egbers interupted the run and helped GC reclaim the lead at 18-15.

Greensboro seemed to have the upper hand, but Bowman snapped the effort with a pair of assists to E. Smith and Copenhaver. The pair put down two more, and Samantha Smith added to the punch to keep MCVB alive. A pair of Meredith errors left the door open for the Pride, but Corey drilled one to the middle to lift the Angels back to a 24-23 lead. Reeg finally finished off the set for a 2-0 match advantage.

Set three was a battle throughout until the Angels finally finished off the Pride with five straight points for the sweep.

Skoglund led all with 21 digs, and Corey put up a double-double with 12 kills, 10 digs. Copenhaver finished with nine kills from the outside, and Bowman tallied a match-high 23 assists with eight digs and three blocks.

Greensboro's Katie Clark posted 16 assists with Tori Belcher grabbing 15 digs.

The Avenging Angels face off with N.C Wesleyan Wednesday night in a midweek league contest before traveling to Staunton, Virginia, next weekend for a tri-match with Methodist and Baldwin.