BEREA, Ky. -- A balanced offensive attack mixed with stout defense helped the Covenant volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-14) victory at Berea in USA South action on Wednesday night.
Covenant goes to 7-10 overall on the year and 5-1 in USA South play. Berea drops to 2-11 and 1-4.
No Covenant player tallied double digits in kills, but the Scots had 33 as a team in the three-set victory. Defensively, Covenant limited Berea to a negative hitting percentage (-.034) while totaling 14 total blocks as a group.
Allie Jakes led the block party for the Scots as she had two solos and three assisted blocks for a total of five on the night, to go along with her four kills. Hannah Harris had seven kills and five digs, while Meriel Chupp added five kills and two blocks. Alexa Spurling and Josita Marshall had three blocks apiece, with Spurling also tallying four kills and three aces.
Sophie Puertas had 16 assists and five digs and Leah Buys added 11 assists and eight digs on the night. Along the back row, Sara Delk led Covenant with her 18 digs with Hannah Stewart totaling 10 and Emily Moore nine.
Covenant faced some resistance from Berea in the opening set. After gaining a 5-1 lead early on, the host Mountaineers rallied to take a 14-12 lead. However, the Scots ended the set on a 13-2 run to take the set win. Spurling had all three of her aces on the night come within the stretch, while Jakes had two blocks during the run.
The Scots scored the first six points in the second set and never looked back. Buys had two aces early on in the frame and Covenant held Berea at a distance before a Spurling kill gave the Scots a 25-15 set win and a 2-0 match lead. Covenant got off to another quick start in the third as it led 9-3 after kills from Puertas and Riley Howe. Covenant tallied a match-high 15 kills in the game to secure the sweep.
Berea was led by Jonesy McGregor's 18 assists and five digs, while Hannah Headrick had 17 digs. Three players recorded five kills apiece.
Covenant will travel to Brevard on Saturday for a USA South matchup. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
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