GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Meredith College volleyball squad extended their winning streak to 11 with two USA South wins Saturday versus the host Greensboro Pride and the Pfeiffer Falcons. Caroline Corey was the big hitter on the day for MCVB with a combined 26 kills.
The Avenging Angels made quick work of the Pride in a 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 25-16) victory, hitting .317 versus just .011 from Greensboro. Meredith opened the first two frames with eight and nine point rallies, respectively. In the third set MCVB moved into the lead on the fifth point, maintaining control the rest of the way.
Pfeiffer put up more of a fight, forcing the second and third frames of a 3-0 (25-13, 28-26, 27-25) MCVB win to extra points.
Meredith held a clear advantage in the first set with a 10-point lead at 20-10 en route to a win.
The Angels continued to attack and led by five early in the second. Pfeiffer battled back to trail by just two at 9-7, but the Avenging Angels surged ahead once again leading by five.
The Falcons showed no concern and pushed back with help from two service winners and an assist from Angelina Fardella to trail by just one at 15-14. Lauren Phillips drew a kill from Avery Bowman, and back-to-back miscues from PU advanced the Meredith lead before PU put together a 5-0 run to even the score 20-20. Pfeiffer saved match point and tied the Angels at 24. Corey landed a pair of kills from the outside, and Reeg found space in the middle to help push MCVB to a two-set lead.
Pfeiffer responded in the third set, holding a 12-8 lead. But Delano put one down from the middle to end the rally and get her team back on track. Another from Corey, followed by back-to-back blasts from Adair Melton, pushed MCVB back in front but not for long. Fardella landed two more service winners for the Falcons and served up an assist to Alonna Clouse to regain the lead for PU.
The teams exchanged the next several points, when the Angels edged in front 20-18 with a pair of Corey kills and a service from Phillips. Pfeiffer attacked and forced match-point, but Delano landed a winner to save the set. Bowman tied the set 24-24 on the next play. PU's Clouse scored the next point for Pfeiffer, but a service misstep left the door open for an Angel win.
Meredith Head Coach Fiona Barkley and her squad will celebrate senior Haley Reeg just prior to Wednesday's USA South match-up Wednesday night versus the Bishops of N.C. Wesleyan. Come early to watch!