LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant volleyball team celebrated its three seniors by taking two victories to end the regular season on Saturday inside Barnes PE Center. Covenant took a 3-0 (25-8, 25-11, 25-9) win over Wesleyan in the opener and then defeated Sewanee 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13) in the finale.
With the wins, Covenant moves to 19-12 overall and finishes 12-3 in the USA South. Covenant will host a USA South Tournament quarterfinal on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.
MATCH ONE: Covenant 3, Wesleyan 0
The Lady Scots had no trouble dispatching the visiting Wolves as they cruised to the sweep by winning 25-8, 25-11, 25-9.
Covenant never trailed in the contest and hit .333 as a team with 36 kills.
Hannah Harris had seven kills, five digs and three aces, while Opgenorth and Haley Taylor had eight kills apiece. Chloe Storm added six kills and three total blocks in the win. Emily Moore had a match-high 12 assists and McLeod registered six digs in the win.
Malae Fiaseu led Wesleyan (0-23, 0-15 USA South) with six kills.
MATCH TWO: Covenant 3, Sewanee 1
The day's final match saw 31 ties and 15 lead changes, but Covenant was able to pull away and take a 3-1 (25-21, 25-20, 22-25, 25-13) victory to conclude the regular season.
Jessica Seehorn led the way with 15 kills, with a .361 hitting percentage, and 14 digs. Schuyler Moore added 40 assists, 20 digs and six kills in the victory. Harris, Allie Jakes and Opgenorth each had eight kills. Ginny Moore tallied 22 digs to go with six kills and Hannah Stewart led the Lady Scots with 25 digs.
Covenant pulled ahead midway through the first set and led 22-16 after a kill from Opgenorth. Sewanee (9-16) would cut the lead to 23-20, but the Lady Scots got two of the final three points, capped by a Jakes kill.
In the second set, Sewanee jumped out to an 11-3 lead, but Covenant rallied back with an 8-0 scoring run that ended on a Seehorn kill to tie the set at 11-11. After the two teams went back-and-forth, Covenant surged ahead late and earned the set win on a Sewanee attack error.
The third set featured 17 ties and eight lead changes, but this time Sewanee answered in the final points. The visiting Tigers took the final three points of the game to cut Covenant's match elad to 2-1.
But in the fourth, Covenant had its highest hitting percentage of the match and tallied 14 kills to seize a big lead and hold on for the 25-13 win and the match victory.
Diamond Stewart had 13 kills to lead Sewanee, while Constance Connolly had 22 assists and 16 digs. Sara Jayne Sutton led all players with 28 digs.
Covenant will host USA South Tournament matches on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The West No. 4 and No. 5 seeds will play a first round match at 5 p.m. at Barnes PE Center, and the winner will face Covenant at 7:30 p.m.
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