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Season-in-Review: Volleyball

Celebrating a point
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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- In a year that saw a tough schedule, the Covenant volleyball team qualified for the USA South for the seventh straight season wrapping up the season 11-18 overall and 9-5 in the USA South.

The Scots played seven matches (five teams) against 2019 NCAA Tournament teams during the year, including a pair of contests with No. 1-ranked Emory. Once inside conference play, Covenant picked up nine wins and placed third in the USA South West Division.

The senior class of Emily Moore, Lindsey Stephens, and Allie Jakes were part of teams that went a combined 70-52 during their careers with three USA South West Division regular season titles, one conference tournament championship, and one NCAA Tournament appearance.

MATCH OF THE YEAR

Covenant traveled to Montgomery, Ala., to open up the USA South Tournament with Piedmont in a rematch of last year's quarterfinal.

After Piedmont ended the Covenant season the year before, the Scots came out victorious in a thrilling five-setter on Nov. 5.

Emily Moore matched a program single-match record with 39 digs as the Scots survived to advance in the USA South Tournament. Moore tied Kate Wilson's single-match record of 39 digs set back in 2002.

Allie Jakes had 14 kills and four block assists, while Riley Howe produced a double-double of 13 kills and 17 digs. Jess Chesrown also tallied 13 kills and five total blocks. Leah Buys totaled 40 assists and 18 digs. Sara Delk was the fourth Scot in double figures in digs with 18.

Piedmont took the first set and led for much of the second set. Covenant, however, rallied on the strength of its attack as the Scots compiled 15 kills in the set. Trailing by as many as five in the frame, Covenant was down 22-19 later on, but an Alexa Spurling ace followed by a combined block from Jakes and Chesrown knotted the score at 22. 

Down 25-24, the Scots fought off a set point and scored the final three to even the match. Chesrown had the set-clinching kill.

In a tight third set, Covenant eked out another two-point win. The stanza saw nine ties and three lead changes, but it was the Scots with the final answer as a kill from Howe gave Covenant the set and a 2-1 match lead.

Piedmont pulled away early in the fourth to force a deciding set.

Covenant trailed 5-2 early in the fifth set but rattled off a 10-3 scoring run to grab a 12-8 lead. Piedmont rallied back and took a 14-13 lead after a Covenant error. Facing elimination, the Scots regrouped and won four of the next five points, capped by a Piedmont error, to take the set and the win.

HIGHLIGHTS

In a 3-1 win over Oglethorpe on Sept. 14, Covenant used a career day from Riley Howe (15 kills, 20 digs) to pick up win No. 1 on the year.

MILESTONES

  • Allie Jakes capped her career as one of the best middles in program history. Jakes set the program's career block assists record as she finished with 259, while placing fouth all-time in total blocks with 297. Jakes ends her career fifth in program history with 0.71 blocks per set.
  • Emily Moore tied the program's single-match record with 39 digs in the USA South Tournament win over Piedmont. Moore ended her career with 1,397 digs, sixth in program history.

TOP PERFORMERS

Kills per set:
Riley Howe - 1.85
Allie Jakes - 1.84
Jess Chesrown - 1.84

Hitting percentage:
Alexa Spurling - .230
Allie Jakes - .213
Jess Chesrown - .156

Assists per set:
Leah Buys - 6.17... ninth in USA South

Digs per set:
Emily Moore - 4.15… seventh in USA South
Riley Howe - 2.96
Sara Delk - 2.46

Blocks per set:
Alexa Spurling - 0.73
Jess Chesrown - 0.53
Grace Logterman - 0.51

Aces per set:
Leah Buys - 0.39
Riley Howe - 0.34
Alexa Spurling - 0.32

AWARD WINNERS

All-USA South West Division
Emily Moore - second team

USA South All-Sportsmanship
Emily Moore

USA South Rookie of the Week
Jess Chesrown - Nov. 4

CONNECT WITH THE SCOTS

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Season-in-Review: Volleyball
December 17, 2019 Season-in-Review: Volleyball