MOUNT BERRY, Ga. -- The Covenant volleyball team was swept in a pair of matches on Saturday from the Cage Center in the Berry National Invitational.
The Scots started the day being swept, 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-21) by defending national champions, and first-ranked, Emory before falling in the nightcap to Rhodes 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 26-24).
Covenant is now 0-6 in the short season. Emily Moore earned all-tournament honors for her play throughout the weekend.
GAME TWO: Rhodes 3, Covenant 0 (25-15, 25-22, 26-24)
Covenant looked to be in good shape in the first set keeping it close before the Lynx rattled off seven straight points to take a 17-7 lead. The Scots would respond with a pair of three-point runs to try and close, but it proved to be too large as Rhodes took set one 25-15.
Covenant responded with their best hitting set of the night. The Scots were able to record 14 kills and committed only four errors in set number two. Rhodes had to use a 6-0 run to take an 18-9 lead. Covenant was able to close the gap to just two points with a kill from Grace Logterman to cap off a five-point spurt of their own. The two teams then traded points until Annie Entz came up with back-to-back kills to put the set away for the Lynx.
Set number three had to go extra points as the Lynx took advantage of Covenant errors. Both teams found themselves in a deadlock until the Scots were able to stretch out to a 16-10. Covenant then took a 22-18 lead off an Allie Jakes kill, but it was not enough as Rhodes wrapped up the match with an 8-2 run and took the third set 26-24.
Meriel Chupp and Howe had six kills each to pace the Scots as Jakes posted five of her own.
Kelsey Glasper led the Lynx with 11 kills on 31 attacks. Sarah Neiland recorded 15 assists and Annie Burke was credited with 12. Mary Frances Daniel posted 14 digs with Glasper completing the double-double with 13.
GAME ONE: No. 1 Emory 3, Covenant 0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-21)
The first match of the day pitted the Scots against No. 1 ranked Emory.
Covenant struggled to get anything going offensively as Chupp led the way with six kills. Moore recorded 10 assists as Howe had eight digs in the contest.
Set one went back and forth until Emory used a four-point run to take a 16-11 advantage. The Scots responded though with a little, 4-1, run of their own to cut the gap to two. It would not be enough though the Eagles wrapped up the set with a 6-2 spurt to take set one 25-19.
Set number two saw Emory have 15 kills and zero errors on 22 attacks for an efficient .682 attacking percentage. The Eagles jumped out an early 7-1 lead and the Scots could not recover before Emory wrapped up the set with a 25-14 victory.
Covenant did not go down without swinging in set three. The Eagles jumped out to a 4-0 lead and Covenant responded with a four-point run of their own. Emory then stretched the lead back out to four points for an 8-4 advantage, but the Scots used a 5-1 run to even things back up at nine. The teams then traded runs yet again but this time Covenant found themselves with a 14-13 lead. Emory then used three straight points to take a 16-14 lead. The Scots knotted things back up at 16 with a kill by Jess Chesrown.
The Eagles then took the lead for good with a four-point stretch and Covenant could not recover as Emory took the final set 25-21.
Emory was paced offensively by Tara Martin with eight kills in the contest as Cassie Srb recorded 30 of the Eagle's 34 assists. Elyse Thompson led the way on defense with eight digs in the match.
The Scots wrap up their opening road trip as they travel to Nashville to take on Trevecca Nazarene on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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