MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- After suffering three straight losses, the Covenant volleyball team got back on the winning track on Saturday with a pair of three-set victories at the Maryville Invitational. Covenant defeated Greensboro 3-0 (25-10, 25-19, 25-20) in the day's opener before knocking off William Peace 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-14) in the finale.
The wins bring Covenant's overall record to 5-6 on the year. The matches do not count towards USA South standings.
MATCH ONE: Covenant 3, Greensboro 0
Jessica Seehorn produced a double-double of 11 kills and 10 digs and Covenant used a powerful attack to defeat Greensboro in three sets, 25-10, 25-19, 25-20 in the opener on Saturday morning.
Seehorn led the way with her 11 kills, while Ginny More had nine and Hannah Harris and Allie Jakes seven apiece. As a team, the Lady Scots tallied 41 kills and hit .241 as a group. Schuyler Moore had 31 assists and Ginny Moore led the team with 12 digs.
Covenant used 15 kills and a .464 hitting percentage in the opening set to dominate Greensboro (5-2) and take a 25-10 set win. The Lady Scots scored six of the first seven points of the set and the lead ballooned to 21-8 after a Seehorn kill. A kill from Jakes ended the set and gave Covenant the 25-10 win.
The second set was much tighter, but Covenant used a strong run midway through to gain the advantage. Tied at 13, the Lady Scots went on a 7-2 run, aided by consecutive errors from Greensboro, to build a 20-15 lead. The Lady Scots then ended the set with a kill from Harris and a combined block from Jakes and Harris for a 2-0 match lead. The momentum carried into the third as Covenant built a 10-4 lead early on and led the rest of the way to complete the sweep.
Shayla Moss had eight kills to lead Greensboro, while the Pride received 15 assists from Katie Clark and 15 digs from Tori Belcher.
MATCH TWO: Covenant 3, William Peace 0
Against William Peace, Covenant fought off the Pacers to win a tight first set and then dominated the action to cruise to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-14) victory in the finale of the Maryville Invitational.
Covenant seized control early on in the first set by taking a 10-3 lead after a kill from Harris, but William Peace would rally back late in the set and get within 24-23. Harris again came through with a kill to thwart the Pacer comeback attempt and give Covenant a 1-0 match lead. Harris had eight kills in the match and compiled a .312 hitting percentage.
The final two sets were all Covenant. The Lady Scots totaled 23 kills over the final two frames and limited William Peace to a negative hitting percentage in both sets to finish off the sweep.
In the second set, Covenant again got out to a fast start going ahead 9-2 on a Seehorn kill. The led would continue to grow and Covenant scored the final five points to take a 25-8 win. The trend of the match continued in the third as the Lady Scots got out to a lead early on and then ran away with the set midway through.
Ginny Moore had 10 kills and 17 digs in the win, while Seehorn had six kills and six digs. Schuyler Moore accumulated 27 assists and three total blocks. Defensively, Hannah Stewart tallied 12 digs and Emily Moore had 10. As a team, Covenant had nine blocks and held William Peace to just 19 kills and a-.056 attacking percentage.
Sha'Nice Frazier led William Peace (2-9) with seven kills, while Sarah Scott had 10 assists. Carson Williams added 16 digs in the loss.
Covenant will open USA South play on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at home against Maryville. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
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