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Bolton Turns the Tide as MCVB Finishes Off Roanoke, 3-2

MCVB in action

SALEM, Va. -- The Meredith College volleyball squad recovered from a 2-1 deficit to finish off the host Roanoke Maroons 3-2 (25-15, 23-25, 24-26, 25-21, 15-11) for their sixth win on the season. Whitney Bolton knocked down three consecutive kills in set four to shift the momentum in favor of the Avenging Angels.

MCVB handled the Maroons in the opening set, hitting .296 with just three errors compared to a negative percentage from RC. Roanoke started out strong in set two, but the Avenging Angels challenged the Maroons, resetting the score at eights. The teams tied on 11 more occasions, but the Maroons found a way to finish off the set for the win.

Another nailbiter in set three, Roanoke edged in front on a 26-24 finish for a 2-1 match advantage.

But the Avenging Angels refused to back down. Down by two at 9-7, Ally Copenhaver put down a winner from the outside, and Bolton followed with her three points to shift the advantage to MCVB. Match-leader, Roanoke's Linsey Bailey evened the score at 12's, but Meredith reclaimed control on a block from Bolton and Cathy Delano. Avery Bowman found Caroline Corey for a blast on the outside to send the match into a fifth frame.

Roanoke appeared unphased as Bailey planted three quick winners early in the stanza, but Lauren Grodi found Bolton and Corey for a pair of winners. Both teams struggled at the service line and exchanged points on the net to leave MCVB trailing by two. Rookie Hailey Long stepped in for back-to-back kills, and a pair of Maroon miscues finally moved the Avenging Angels in front.

Meredith remained focused on the endgame and managed to put away Roanoke for the win.

Long led the Angels with 18 kills with Bolton and Corey notching 10 apiece. Corey put together her fourth double-double on the season with 11 digs, and Copenhaver notched nine kills with three digs. Grodi dished out 25 assists, Bowman tallied 22, and Lauren Phillips posted a match-high 23 digs. Bowman grabbed 10 digs for her third career double-double and first on the year. Kenzie Moore recorded a match-high seven blocks with Delano and Corey stepping up for four apiece.

MCVB finally makes their way to Weatherspoon next Wednesday, Sept. 25, for a home opener versus Averett University in their first USA South Conference match of the season. Fans will want to be in the stands to cheer on the Angels in the recently refreshed Gymnasium.