LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant volleyball team has done it again.
For a fourth consecutive season, the Scots are a USA South regular season division champion as Covenant defeated Brevard 3-0 in Saturday first match before capping a perfect weekend with a five-set win over Pensacola Christian inside Barnes PE Center.
Covenant (15-12, 12-2 USA South) is a regular season champion for a fourth straight year and will be the No. 1 West seed in next week's USA South Tournament. Covenant will play on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of No. 4 seed Piedmont and No. 5 seed LaGrange. Those two teams will square off at 5 p.m. at Barnes PE Center on Tuesday.
With the win over Brevard, head coach Joanna Ehman became the winningest coach in program history. Ehman, in her sixth year as head coach, eclipsed Heather Taylor's mark of 124 career coaching wins for the program. Ehman's overall winning percentage of .651 is also currently the best in the program's history.
Before Saturday's first match the senior class of Olivia Becker, Hannah Stewart, and Hannah Harris were recognized. The trio has helped the Scots to for conference regular season titles, two tournament championships, and two NCAA Tournament appearances. During their careers, Covenant has won 78 matches.
In the victory over Brevard, Covenant led through almost the entire match to pick up a 25-16, 25-14, 25-16 victory.
Allie Jakes had nine kills and Harris had seven and eight digs. Emily Moore added six kills, three aces, 14 assists, and eight digs while Sophie Puertas had 19 assists, seven aces and eight digs. Stewart added 12 digs and Alexa Spurling totaled six kills.
Covenant scored the first six points in the opening set as Puertas had a pair of aces. The Scots tallied 11 kills in the frame and never trailed to cruise to the 25-16 victory. In the second set, Brevard (2-21, 2-12 USA South) hung tough, but an 8-2 run midway through the set gave the Scots a 20-11 lead and would not look back en route to a 25-14 win.
The Scots then capped the set, the match, and the division title in the third set. The Scots hit .364 as a group with 14 kills and used a strong start to ease past the visiting Tornados 25-16.
Brevard was led by Sydney Fox's 10 kills and 14 digs.
In a non-conference match with Pensacola Christian, the Scots were tested but prevailed in five sets 25-18, 19-25, 26-24, 21-25, 15-12.
Harris led the way with 12 kills, while Jakes and Riley Howe had 11 kills apiece. Jakes also added five total blocks. Moore added 22 assists, five kills, and seven digs and Puertas chipped in 18 assists and 16 digs. Stewart led Covenant with 25 digs.
Covenant looked strong in the first set as the host Scots tallied 13 kills and surged to a 25-18 win. However, Pensacola Christian (15-14) would respond and eventually send the match into a fifth set.
In the deciding set, Covenant grabbed a 5-3 lead on a Harris kill and then led 8-6 at the switch. The Scots grabbed a 13-8 lead after a combined block from Moore and Jakes, but again the visiting Eagles had a response as they cut the margin to 13-12. A Pensacola Christian service error gave Covenant match point and the senior Harris drove home a kill to end the match and give the Scots the win.
Pensacola Christian was led by Baylee Jensen's 18 kills, while Hannah Adkins had 25 assists and 11 digs.
Covenant will play either Piedmont or LaGrange on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. inside Barnes PE Center in a USA South Tournament quarterfinal. The complete bracket for the tournament will be released later this weekend.
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