Scots win battle of USA South unbeatens over Huntingdon, 3-2

Scots win battle of USA South unbeatens over Huntingdon, 3-2

Maryville College rallied on Saturday afternoon, as the Scots kept their USA South record perfect with a 3-2 win over Huntingdon College.

It took five sets, including extra points in the fifth set, but the Scots moved to 6-0 in conference play with the victory. It marked the first loss in conference play for Huntingdon, before the Hawks fell 3-2 to Berea later in the afternoon. Maryville how holds a two-match lead in the USA South Western Division.

Saturday's win marks the first of the Scots' 16 victories on the season that did no come by a score of 3-0.

Brianne Sidner, Maggie Mathews, Meredith Bonee and Saidee McDaniel each recorded double-doubles in the five-set victory. The Scots hit .218 as a squad, as they totaled six aces, 12 block assists and a solo block.

Maryville took control of the set early, as they jumped to a 25-16 win in the opening rally. The Scots hit .353 in that set, while holding the Hawks to a .100 effort and just seven kills.

Following a 13-13 tie, Maryville would score 12 of the next 15 points to earn the victory. Sidner added four kills in that run, as Mathews added a service ace.

In the second set, Huntingdon rallied for a 25-23 victory late. The Hawks hit .263, while holding Maryville to a .111 effort.

After falling behind 3-0, the Scots rallied for a 14-10 lead on a Mathews' kill. The Scots extended that lead to 18-16, before the squad traded points for a 23-21 Scots' advantage on an Arin Wyttenbach kill. A pair of Maryville errors and back-to-back blocks by Huntingdon gave the Hawks 25-23 second-set victory.

Maryville took the third set and a 2-1 lead behind a .184 hitting effort. They held the Hawks to a .000 hitting percentage in the third, as they forced 10 Huntingdon errors.

The teams went back-and-fourth in the third set, finding a 20-20 tie on a Dejane Hester-Taylor kill. Throw downs by Sidner and Wyttenbach ended the third set in MC's favor.

Huntingdon rallied in the fourth set for a 25-21 victory, forcing extras. The Scots took a 19-17 lead on a Sidner kill, before the Hawks notched the next four points for a 21-19 advantage. They scored the final three of the set to force a fifth and decisive one.

Maryville came out hot in the fifth set, jumping to a 9-5 lead. Huntingdon rallied to tie it at 11-all, before a trio of errors gave the Scots match point, 14-11.

An MC service error kills by Amy Tyma and Addison Genard knotted things at 14-all, before a Sidner kill and a Huntingdon error gave MC the victory.

Maryville hit .294 in the final set, as they handed Huntingdon its first conference loss of the season.

The Scots (15-6, 6-0 USA South) were led by Sidner who had 13 kills and 18 digs, as she added an assist, a solo block and a block assist. Bonee had 14 kills, 26 assists and seven digs for 16.5 points, as she tallied a pair of aces and a block assist.

Mathews had a double-double of 16 digs and 11 kills, as she hit .182 with an ace and a block assist. McDaniel had 24 assists, 11 digs and an ace to complete the four double-doubles.

Hester-Taylor had eight kills, three block assists and an assist, while Wyttenbach had eight kills and three blocks assists with a .462 hitting percentage. Wandell had six kills, three block assists and a pair of digs, while Natalie Watts added a team-leading 19 digs, six assists and two aces.

Huntingdon College (14-11, 5-1) was paced by Tyma's double-double of 18 kills and 13 digs. April Reese had a double-double with 15 digs and 11 kills, while Genard added 14 kills. Ashley Murphy had 37 digs, while Laren Hinton and Morgan Ilsley had double-digit digs.