Sidner's double-double average earns TSWA mention

Sidner's double-double average earns TSWA mention

Maryville College's Brianne Sidner earns Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week, after the junior outside hitter led the Scots to a 2-1 record.

Sidner helped MC improve to 5-2 in USA South play, as the Scots currently hold a third-place ranking in the USA South Western Division standings.

"Bri is really playing well right now," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "She is minimizing her errors, and she's playing with a lot of power. She had a great week."

Maryville upended the previously undefeated Huntingdon College, while Sidner averaged a double-double of 11.33 kills and 16 digs on the week. She hit .155 on the week, as she added four aces and five blocks.

The Marietta, Ga. native had 34 total kills and 48 total blocks in a trio of matches for Maryville.

In a 3-1 loss to non-conference foe Birmingham-Southern, Sidner had an impressive 20 digs, 17 kills and two blocks. She tallied her fourth double-double of the season, as her 20 digs rank as a career high. She hit .167 for the match, as she averaged 5.00 digs per set.

"It just makes her more of a multidimensional player," Schram said of Sidner's defense. "Birmingham-Southern is such a great team, and I thought we battled really well. I think that match got her in the right frame of mind for the Huntingdon and Piedmont matches."

Sidner would record her ninth career double-double on Saturday, as the Scots defeated Huntingdon College in five sets, 3-2. The loss marked the first conference setback for the Hawks, as Sidner had 14 digs, 11 kills, three aces and a block.

Finally, Maryville would end the week with a 3-0 sweep of Piedmont College, as Sidner hit .286 for the match. The junior had 14 digs, six kills, an ace and a pair of blocks in the victory.

"She played the way we need her to play against Huntingdon," Schram said. "She came up with some big points, but to me, what was equally impressive, was the following match when she had zero hitting errors. Bri is going to come up with some big points, but the key to her success is minimizing her errors."

On the season, Sidner has 162 kills at a 2.70 per set clip, while averaging 2.72 digs per set with 163. The junior has 24 aces, 21 total blocks and nine assists, as she's scored 197.5 points on the year.

In her three-year career, this 5-foot-11 Sprayberry High product has 663 career kills at a 2.60 kills per set average. Sidner has hit .163 for her tenure in the Orange and Garnet, while recording 421 career digs. She's tallied 78 aces, 67 blocks and 21 assists in a Maryville jersey.

Sidner will look to lead the Scots this weekend, as Maryville travels to a pair of road matches on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12-13.

MC will face Covenant College on Friday in Lookout Mountain, Ga. with a 6 p.m. first serve before taking on Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. on Saturday at noon.