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.
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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