Wilkerson, Wandell lead Scots to a sweep over Berea College, 3-0

Wilkerson, Wandell lead Scots to a sweep over Berea College, 3-0

Maryville College followed a near double-double by Madison Wilkerson on Wednesday night, as the Scots swept Berea College, 3-0, for their second-straight USA South victory.

Wilkerson had nine kills at a .208 clip, as the junior outside hitter tallied seven digs.

The Heritage High product had a pair of service aces, an assist and a block in the victory. Kelley Wandell added six kills and a pair of blocks in the sweep.

"It was good to see both Madison and Kelley get some good points," Head Coach Kandis Schram said. "Outstanding defense and aggressive serving allowed us to give some playing time to a few different players. It was fun to watch them all compete."

The victory leaves Maryville ranked third within conference, as they have a week and a half of regular season remaining.

The Scots opened the first set hitting .259 for a 25-11 victory. MC held Berea to a negative .077, as the Mountaineers posted just five kills.

Following a back-and-fort beginning to the first set that saw four ties and a pair of lead changes, Maryville would find a late rally. Leading 16-11, the Scots scored the final nine points of the match for the win.

Wilkerson had a kill from MacKenzie Marcrum, as Lauren Espinal posted a pair of kills from Nadia St. Thomas. Yasmeen Chan had a service aces, before a Mountaineer error ended the set, 25-11.

Maryville clawed their way through a 25-22 second set to take a 2-0 lead. Berea jumped to an 8-4 advantage early, before the Scots tied things at 11-all. Berea rallied again in the set that saw 10 ties and five lead changes, as the Mountaineers took a 21-20 lead.

MC scored five of the next six to keep Berea off the board. Espinal and Wilkerson each added kills from St. Thomas, while Chan tallied another key ace. Wilkerson would end the set with a kill.

Berea again jumped out to an early lead in set three, as they took a 7-3 advantage. A Wilkerson ace began a rally in which Maryville scored eight of the next nine. Kate Finn had a kill, while Wandell added a pair of throwdowns for an 11-8 Scots' lead.

Wandell had a trio of other kills in the set, as Finn added another. Wilkerson and Dejane Hester-Taylor had aces in the rally, as Maryville took the sweep with a 25-17 final set victory.

Maryville (12-8, 7-3 USA South) saw Saidee McDaniel follow Wilkerson and Wandell with 15 assists, three digs, an ace and a kill. St. Thomas had 13 assists, six digs, a pair of kills and an ace in the victory, while Chan had 14 digs and a pair of aces. Arin Wyttenbach had had five blocks, four kills and two digs for MC, as Espinal posted four kills of her own.

Berea (2-17, 1-9) was led by Carolina Robles five-kill effort, as she had three digs, three assists and a block. Jonesy McGregor had nine assists and three digs, while Kristin Barnes held a team-leading eight digs.

Maryville College travels to LaGrange, Ga. this weekend for a USA South quad match on Saturday, Oct. 21. MC faces Brevard College at noon before taking on the Panthers of LaGrange at 2 p.m.