BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Covenant volleyball team concluded its first weekend of the season with a pair of losses at the McAttack Bash, hosted by Birmingham Southern. The Scots fell 3-0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-11) in Saturday's opener to St. Catherine before losing 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-17) to Rhodes in the afternoon.
Covenant falls to 0-3 on the year.
Against St. Catherine, Allie Jakes led the Scots with six kills, while Emily Moore had 16 assists and Riley Howe added eight digs to lead the way. Covenant got off to a slow start as St. Catherine (3-1) hit .435 in the opening set with 11 kills and just one error to take a 1-0 match lead.
St. Catherine would pull away from the Scots in both of the final two sets to claim the sweep. Lauren Isaacson led St. Catherine with eight kills as it totaled 36 kills in the match. Marissa Gilbertson had 19 assists and Emma Nelson totaled 18 digs.
In the Rhodes match, Covenant was right with the Lynx throughout before falling in three sets. Moore and Howe had seven kills apiece, while Moore also registered 23 assists and 18 digs in the loss. Howe added 10 digs and a pair of service aces. Savannah Savage had 14 digs with Jakes and Lindsey Stephens chipping in six kills apiece.
Covenant trailed for much of the first set, but stayed within striking distance. The Scots trailed 23-18 before rattling off three straight points, capped by consecutive Lynx errors, to get within two. However, Rhodes held on for the set win as Kelsey Glasper's kill gave the Lynx a 1-0 match edge.
The second set was back-and-forth until the end. Covenant led 9-7 after a Moore kill, but Rhodes answered with six straight points to take a 13-9 lead. Covenant rallied to take a brief lead at 15-13 after back-to-back kills from Howe. The Scots extended the lead to 21-18, but Rhodes again had an answer as the Lynx outscored the Scots 7-2 the rest of the way.
Rhodes capped the sweep as it held off Covenant in the third set.
Heather Antrim led Rhodes (3-0) with 11 kills, while Marissa Hall had 16 assists and Mary Frances Daniel had 14 digs.
Covenant will travel to Mount Berry, Ga., on Sept. 6 to compete in the Berry National Invitational. The Scots face Transylvania on Sept. 6 before squaring off with No. 1 Emory followed by Rhodes on Sept. 7.
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