MARYVILLE, Tenn. -- The Covenant volleyball team opened up USA South play with a come-from-behind, 3-2, victory at Maryville on Wednesday night inside Boydson Baird Gymnasium. The Scots won the first set 25-17, then fell 22-25 and 18-25 in sets two and three before rallying for 25-16 and 15-10 wins to collect the victory.
Covenant (3-8, 1-0 USA South) extends its conference regular season winning streak to 15 matches (a streak that started in 2016), setting a program record.
Hannah Harris led the Scots with 12 kills, while Alexa Spurling had nine kills and a hitting percentage of .368. Harris added five total blocks and Spurling had three. Sophie Puertas tallied 35 assists, 14 digs, and three aces. Hannah Stewart came up with a match-high 28 digs and Emily Moore added 11.
Covenant got out to a fast start as the visiting Scots scored the first eight points in the opening set. Puertas had two aces during the stretch and Lindsey Stephens' kill made it 8-0. Maryville got within two later in the set, but Covenant would never trail and earned a 25-17 set win.
Maryville (2-5, 0-1 USA South) would take a 2-1 match lead with set victories in games two and three. The second set was back-and-forth as it saw 10 ties and six lead changes. However, Maryville scored the final three points to eke out a 25-22 win. In the third, Maryville kept Covenant at bay throughout and took a 25-18 win.
Covenant responded in the fourth as the Scots used a 10-1 run to go ahead 15-6. Stewart had two aces in the pivotal stretch for Covenant, while Harris had a pair of kills. Covenant extended the lead into double figures and sent the match into a fifth set.
In the decisive set, Covenant rallied back from an early deficit and led 8-7 at the switch. Maryville evened the score at 10-10, but the Scots answered with the biggest run of the night. Covenant scored the final five points, highlighted by kills from Harris and Spurling and capped by a Moore ace to win the match.
Maryville was led by Brianne Sidner's nine kills and Nadia St. Thomas' 20 assists. Meredith Bonee had a team-best 17 digs.
Covenant will host a USA South tri-match on Saturday inside Barnes PE Center. The Scots take on LaGrange at 12 p.m., followed by Piedmont at 4 p.m.
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