NCAA Run Ends for Volleyball with Five-Set Loss to Berry

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ATLANTA, Ga. -- The Covenant volleyball team saw its incredible season come to an end on Friday evening with a 3-2 (18-25, 23-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-10) loss to Berry in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Woodruff PE Center.

The loss ends a historical year for the Lady Scots. Covenant finishes 25-8 overall, matching the program record for winning percentage in a single-season, while also becoming the first team in school history to earn an NCAA Tournament victory after defeating Birmingham Southern on Thursday. 

Berry (30-6) advances to the regional final where it will meet top-seed, and host, Emory on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The senior trio of Schuyler Moore, Ginny Moore, and Jessica Seehorn were outstanding on the court in their final collegiate match. Ginny Moore had seven kills and 22 digs, and also became the program's career record holder in kills with her second kill in the first set and ends her career with 1,546. Schuyler Moore produced 37 assists, six aces, 13 digs and five kills. Seehorn added 11 kills, 14 digs and three total blocks.

Hannah Harris was again a dominating force for the Lady Scots as she topped her career-high in kills with 18 to go along with two block assists. Allie Jakes added six kills and five combined blocks, while Hannah Stewart had 22 digs from the libero spot.

Everything went Covenant's way in the first two sets as the Lady Scots gained a 2-0 match lead. 

In the first, Covenant got off to a tremendous start going ahead 7-2 after a combined block from Jakes and Seehorn. The 9-0 run was capped by consecutive kills from Ginny Moore and Seehorn to put the Lady Scots ahead 10-2. Moore's kill gave her the program's career record at 1,541. Berry sliced Covenant's lead to 17-14 before a Harris kill put an end to the run and made it 18-14. Harris, who had five kills in the game, then had two more kills to give the Lady Scots a 22-16 lead and a Seehorn kill secured the set win. 

Covenant fell behind 3-1 early in the second, but six straight points with two kills apiece from Jakes and Harris and a Schuyler Moore ace gave the Lady Scots a 7-3 lead. The lead remained around three points through the midway portion of the game as a kill from Jakes made it 14-11. The margin stretched to 17-11 with great defensive and serving as Schuyler Moore had an ace and a combined block from Harris and Jakes. Berry put together another late run in the set, cutting the Lady Scots' lead to 21-20, but a Chloe Storm kill put Covenant ahead 24-21. Berry got the next two points to cut the lead to a single point, but Schuyler Moore came up big again with her third kill of the match giving Covenant the set and a 2-0 match lead.

Berry found its groove in the third and fourth sets to force a fifth game. In the fifth, the teams traded the first few points before Berry surged ahead 8-5. Covenant cut the gap to 10-7 and appeared to make it 10-8 before a call reversal led to a replay of a point that Berry eventually won to take an 11-7 lead. That would be as close as Covenant would get the rest of the way.

Berry's rally was spearheaded by the play of Emily Hancock and Sarah Sprague. Hancock recorded 27 kills and 27 digs, while .418 in the match. Sprague came on midway through and tallied 15 kills and a .314 hitting percentage. Hannah Kate Thompson had 55 assists and Elizabeth Ragland registered a match-high 31 digs.

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