MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Covenant volleyball team concluded its trip to the Blues City Invite in Memphis on Saturday with a pair of losses to regional foes. The Lady Scots fell in four sets to Birmingham Southern (25-19, 16-25, 27-25, 25-16) before losing to host Rhodes in three sets (25-10, 25-23, 25-23).
Covenant drops to 2-5 on the year with the losses.
MATCH ONE: Birmingham Southern 3, Covenant 1
After falling the first set, Covenant took the second set and played the Panthers into extra points in the third before losing and then dropping the fourth set in a 3-1 loss.
Covenant struggled in the opening set, but found its rhythm in the second set. In that 25-16 second set victory, the Lady Scots hit an impressive .357 with 18 kills to knot the match up at 1-1. In the third, Covenant continued its strong play with 19 kills and held a late lead before Birmingham Southern rallied for the 27-25 victory. The Panthers then pulled away in the fourth set to take the match.
Schuyler Moore had 37 assists, 23 digs and seven kills in the loss, while Jessica Seehorn had 13 kills and 10 digs. Ginny Moore added 12 kills and 17 digs and Chloe Storm tallied 10 kills. Mariah Corney added 12 digs on the defensive end.
Birmingham Southern (4-1) was led by Ashley Dodson's 14 kills and Marjorie Ward's 30 assists and 11 digs. Melania Hissam had a match-high 25 digs.
MATCH TWO: Rhodes 3, Covenant 0
Facing the host Lynx in the finale of the tournament, Covenant was unable to overcome Rhodes in the second and third sets before falling in three.
The Lady Scots dropped the first set 25-10, but rebounded in the next two sets to challenge Rhodes. Covenant had 10 kills in the second set and nearly pulled off a late comeback before going down 25-23. In the third, the Lady Scots got within one point on several occasions late, but the Lynx held off Covenant for the two-point win and the match.
Rhodes (4-3) received 12 kills from Heather Antrim and 20 assists from Lindsey Blasius in the win.
Covenant will travel to Atlanta, Ga., next weekend for the Emory Invitational. The Lady Scots face Transylvania on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Woodruff PE Center.
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