MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- It was not easy at times, but the Covenant volleyball team survived a back-and-forth fourth set to knock off Maryville 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 27-25) on Tuesday night in USA South action at Boydson Baird Gymnasium.
The win is the fifth straight for Covenant (13-7, 7-0 USA South) as the Lady Scots remain unbeaten in conference play and continue to sit atop the USA South West Division. It was also the 10th win in the last 11 matches for Covenant and completed a regular season sweep of Maryville (10-10, 5-2 USA South).
Jessica Seehorn had a career-high 17 kills to go along with 17 digs and five block assists. Alexa Spurling also had a career night with 11 kills and four total blocks, while Ginny Moore produced 11 kills and 25 digs. Hannah Stewart set a career-best with 32 digs to lead the defense.
The team numbers on both sides were astounding. Covenant had 64 kills, outpacing Maryville 64-47, while the Lady Scots hit .197 as a team. Maryville out-dug Covenant 117-112 as both teams' defenses stood tall for much of the match. Three different Maryville players recorded at least 20 digs in the four-set match, led by Kaitlyn Flickinger's 28. Stewart's 32 digs for Covenant marks the first time a Lady Scot has tallied 30-plus digs since Stewart did it herself in the USA South Tournament championship against Maryville on Nov. 7, 2015.
It looked as though Covenant would control the match as the Lady Scots led for the entire first set en route to a 25-14 win. Covenant hit .292 in the frame with 16 kills and just two errors. A 7-1 run midway through the set gave Covenant a 20-11 lead and the Lady Scots would cruise to the set win shortly after.
But in the second, Maryville responded as the host Scots used 15 kills and slowly pulled away in the set to even the match at 1-1. In the third, Covenant attacked well, as the Lady Scots accumulated 14 kills, but also limited Maryville to a -.057 hitting percentage. It was an 8-2 run, capped by a Seehorn kill, that gave Covenant a 14-7 lead and that would extend to 22-11 before the Lady Scots secured the third set win and a 2-1 match lead.
The fourth set was highlighted by tremendous play on both ends. A remarkable 17 ties and 11 lead changes occurred in the game and Covenant had to put together a rally late to earn the win. The Lady Scots trailed 24-22, but scored the next two as Spurling knotted the score at 24 with her 11th kill of the night. Maryville would have set point again, but Covenant scored the final three points to eke out the win. Harris tied the score at 25 with a kill before a combined block from Spurling and Seehorn gave the Lady Scots a 26-25 lead. Seehorn's final kill of the night sealed the match victory.
Brianne Sidner had 11 kills for Maryville, while Taylor Youell led the Scots with 30 assists. Nia Haller added 25 digs and Youell had 20 to go along with Flickinger's 28 digs.
It was announced earlier on Tuesday, that the Oct. 28 match against Brevard has been moved to Lookout Mountain. The Lady Scots and Tornados will square off at 2 p.m. Senior Day activities will also take place during the day. Click here for more details.
Covenant will host a USA South tri-match on Saturday inside Barnes PE Center. Covenant hosts Piedmont at 12 p.m. and LaGrange at 4 p.m., while Piedmont and LaGrange face each other at 2 p.m.
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