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Volleyball Opens Up USA South Play With Split

Alexa Spurling
Alexa Spurling (Photo Credits: Nina Grauley/ Sports Information)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant volleyball team opened up USA South play with a, 3-2, victory over Berea on Saturday morning before falling to Maryville, 3-0, in the afternoon inside the Barnes P.E. Center.

The Scots are now 2-11 on the season and 1-1 in conference play. Berea finished the day 5-9 and 1-1 in the USA South while Maryville improved to 10-6 and 2-0.

MATCH ONE: Covenant 3, Bera 2 (25-17, 23-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-12)

Riley Howe wrapped up the match with an ace and Covenant was able to take the first match of the day over Berea, 3-2.

Alexa Spurling made her first appearance of the season and made an immediate impact for the Scots with nine kills to go along with three aces, two digs, and a block.

Allie Jakes matched Spurling with nine kills to pace the offense. Emily Moore recorded 26 digs and Leah Buys had 41 assists in the contest. 

Berea had jumped out to an, 8-4, lead early in the first set. The Scots responded with an, 11-4, run to take control of the set 15-12 en route to the first-set victory. The Scots had their most efficient set of the day hitting with 13 kills and two errors on 28 attacks for a .393 clip. 

Set number to saw 12 ties and three lead changes in the close-set. It was knotted at 18 before the Mountaineers were slowly able to pull away to a 25-23 victory.

Set number three was a set of runs with six ties and four lead changes. The Scots jumped out to an, 8-4, lead to force Berea to a timeout. The Mountaineers responded with a 10-1 run of their own to take a 21-16 advantage. The Scots were then able to end the set on a 9-1 run capped off by back-to-back Suprling kills to give Covenant a 2-1 match advantage.

The fourth set saw Berea with their most effective hitting on the contest. The Mountaineers had 15 kills and only four errors on 32 attacks for a .344 hitting percentage to take the set 25-19.

Covenant jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead in the final set before Berea was able to knot things back up at 12. Spurling and Moore then registered a pair of kills to take a 14-12 advantage forcing Berea to take a timeout. Howe was then able to record an ace out of the timeout and take the set and match.

Carolina Robles paced the Mountaineers offense with 17 kills as Hannah Headrick was close behind with 14 to go with four aces. Adrienne Roberts recorded 41 assists as Bailie Parker posted 24 digs to lead the Berea defense.

MATCH TWO: Maryville 3, Covenant 0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-11)

Covenant struggled to get anything going offensively in the loss to Maryville in the final match of the day.

Meriel Chupp and Spurling recorded five kills each to lead the offense as Lindsey Stephens posted four of her own. Buys had 16 assists as Moore led the defense with six digs.

The closest set of the contest was the opener with six ties and four lead changes. It was 14-13 before Maryville was able to run away with the set 25-17.

The second set was Maryville's most productive set of the day hitting at a .600 clip with 17 kills with only two errors on 25 swings en route to a 25-12 victory.

Set number three was much the same as the northern Scots were able to take the match with a 25-11 set victory.

Brianne Sidner led Maryville with 11 kills with Maggie Matthews posting 10. Saidee McDaniel recorded 15 assists and Natalie Watts led the defense with nine digs.

The loss was the first regular-season home loss in 23 straight matches for Covenant. The last such loss coming all the way back on Oct. 25, 2014, against Meredith. 

UP NEXT

Covenant travels to Decatur, Ga. on Tuesday to take on Agnes Scott at 7 p.m.

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