Haller, Flickinger, McDaniel record double-doubles in 3-1 win over Wasps

Haller, Flickinger, McDaniel record double-doubles in 3-1 win over Wasps

Maryville College earned the four-set victory on Thursday night over the Emory & Henry Wasps, as double-doubles from Nia Haller, Kaitlyn Flickinger and Saidee McDaniel led the way.

MC took the non-conference match, 25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22, to move above .500 with an 11-10 record.

The Scots and the Wasps battled to a 10-10 tie as kills by Kelley Wandell, Haller and Brianne Sidner fueled MC. Maryville would score seven of the next nine, however, the trio continued their run aided by Lauren Espinal. The Scots would lead 17-12.

Emory & Henry would make a rally, cutting the score to two, 19-17. A trio of kills by Rebecca Morehouse would fuel the run, before an Allison Botts kill and a Taylor Youell service ace would give the Scots momentum again. MC would ride that boost for a 25-19 victory in set one.

Wandell had four kills in the set with a .600 hitting percentage for Maryville, as the Wasps' Morehouse and Ali Singleton matched Wandell with four kills.

To open the second set, the Scots would fall behind 5-2, as Emory & Henry found a pair of blocks from Megan Stitzer. Maryville would go on a 5-0 run, as Wasp errors and kills from Sidner and Haller gave MC a 7-5 lead.

The squads would trade points, before a kill and a block by Lauren Espinal, assisted by Haller, would give Maryville a key lead, 22-15. The Scots would ride a host of Emory & Henry errors for the second set victory, 25-18.

Espinal and Wandell would each tally four kills for Maryville, as the Scots held the Wasps to 0.000 hitting percentage for the second set. MC allowed just nine kills, while forcing nine errors in the set.

The Orange and Garnet would struggle opening the third set, as Emory & Henry opened with a 5-0 run with kills from Singleton and Holmberg. Maryville would chip with a Wandell kill followed by a Haller throw down. An Espinal kill would even the score at 8-all, before a Rhianna Tyldesley point from McDaniel would give the Scots their first lead of the set, 9-8.

A back-and-forth battle would soon end with a pair of Wasp errors and kills from Wandell and Botts for a 16-12 Maryville advantage. Kills from Emory & Henry's Holmberg and Singleton, combined with an off-the-net service ace would knot things at 16.

The Wasps would rally off that, as another off-the-net ace and a throw down by Singleton would force an MC timeout. The Scots trailed 19-16 after the 7-0 run. Emory and Henry would extend that to a 9-0 dash, before an error ended the threat, 21-17.

Kills from Tyldesley and Haller would cut into the score, but the Wasps would take set three, 25-23, behind another Singleton kill.

After falling behind 4-1 to open the fourth set, Maryville would battle again using a pair of kills from Tyldesley to knot the score at four-all. Emory & Henry would go for six unanswered with kills from Holmberg, an ace from Lauren Coolidge and a solo block from Morehouse for a 10-4 lead.

A pair of throw downs from Tyldesley, Haller and Espinal each would give Maryville back the lead, 12-11, extending that run to 10 unanswered for a 17-11 lead. That dash included a 13-1 run for the Scots.

Maryville would continue to a 20-15 lead, before a 5-0 run by Emory & Henry knotted the set at 20-all. Two blocks from Stitzer aided the Wasps, before a huge block from Haller would put Maryville just two points away, 23-21.

A soft touch from Espinal followed by the same from Haller would give the Scots the match, 25-22.

Maryville (11-10) saw Haller record a match-high 13 kills, while earning the double-double with 11 digs. She had an assist and a pair of blocks in the win, as Flickinger also had a double-double with 22 digs and 13 assists. McDaniel had the third of the day with 18 assists and 15 digs.

Wandell had 12 kills for MC with seven digs, as Espinal had 10 kills and a block. Botts and Tyldesley each had seven throw downs.

Taylor Youell led Maryville with 23 assists, as she just missed the Scots' fourth double-double of the match with nine digs.

For Emory & Henry (5-16), it was Holberg who had 13 kills and eight digs. Singleton had a double-double 11 kills and 10 digs with a pair of service aces, as Sam McCauley matched her double-double with 33 assists and 12 digs. Coolidge had 16 digs to lead the Wasps defensively.

Maryville will return to action on Friday, Oct. 14, as they host Agnes Scott College in USA South competition. First serve is set for noon.