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VanDyk, Moore Power Volleyball Past Piedmont

Chelsea VanDyk (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)
Chelsea VanDyk (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Chelsea VanDyk and Ginny Moore combined for 32 kills and a hitting percentage of .429 to lead the Covenant volleyball team to an impressive 3-0 (25-14, 26-24, 25-18) victory over Piedmont in USA South action inside Barnes Physical Education Center on Wednesday.

The win for Covenant was its third straight to move to 4-6 overall and 3-1 in league play. It was also the first triumph over Piedmont at Barnes PE Center since 2011. Piedmont drops to 6-7 on the year and 2-1 in the USA South.

The duo of VanDyk and Moore sparked Covenant throughout the match. VanDyk ended with 15 kills while hitting at a clip of .609, the highest mark for a Covenant player over the last eight years. Moore, the reigning USA South Player of the Week, had a match-high 17 kills to go with 13 digs for her seventh double-double of the year. 

Schuyler Moore picked up 39 assists, eight kills and six digs. Morgan Opgenorth chipped in five kills.

Covenant controlled the majority of the opening set. The Lady Scots tallied 17 kills and hit .455 as a team en route to a 25-14 win. Covenant never trailed in the set and pulled away from an 8-8 tie with a 12-3 scoring run capped by a Ginny Moore kill.

In the second set, Covenant jumped out to a 9-3 lead before Piedmont rallied. The visiting Lions looked as though they would tie the match up as they took a 19-13 lead after VanDyk's only attack error of the match. But Covenant fought back to tie the set and take a brief 23-22 lead on an Opgenorth kill. Piedmont knotted the score at 24, but consecutive kills from VanDyk and Ginny Moore completed the comeback to give the Lady Scots a 2-0 match lead.

After a tight first few points in the third set, Covenant broke ahead with 15-7 after an 8-2 scoring run highlighted by another VanDyk kill. Fittingly enough, VanDyk ended the match with an exclamation point as her 15th kill gave Covenant a straight set victory.

As a team, Covenant registered 51 kills and hit .265, while limiting Piedmont to just 25 kills and an .095 hitting percentage. The Lady Scots also held a sizable 51-29 edge in digs.

Hannah Skendziel led Piedmont with six kills and Emily Peters recorded 22 assists.


Covenant will head to Danville, Ky., for a non-conference tri-match on Saturday. The Lady Scots will open with 21st-ranked Berry at 2 p.m., followed by a tilt with host Centre at 4 p.m.


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