The Lady Scots volleyball team battled in the USA South Championship on Friday Nov. 6 to Saturday, Nov. 7. The Scots advanced quickly through each round and fought hard to the semi-finals with a 3-1 win over Methodist.
Against Methodist, Maryville was led with 14 kills by Madison Coker and 11 kills by Sophia del Campo and 9 kills by Julia Vineyard. The Scots defeated Methodist to advance to the semi-finals against Averett University at noon on Nov. 7.
With scores of 25-23, 25-23 and 27-25, the Scots fought neck and neck with Averett in the semi-final match. Both teams played with determination, but the Scots took the match in the end with a final score of 3-0. The team was once again led by Coker who had a team high of 11 kills and Julia Vineyard with 8 kills. On defense, Yasmeen Chan and Stephanie Gleason secured the Scots with 26 digs combined.
After the Scots took down Averett, they advanced on to the championship finale against Covenant College at 6:00 pm on Nov. 7. Neither of the teams were going down without a hard fight and each set went to extra points.
Covenant took the first set of the match with 4 kills by Covenants Chelsea Van Dyk to give Covenant a lead of 26-24. The Scots quickly fought back in the second set with a kill by Madison Coker that gave MC a 15-13 advantage. Coker’s killed was followed by another kill by Mary Kate White. Covenant and Maryville continued through the set back to back, but ending 26-24 in a set victory for Maryville.
Both teams continued to battle with Covenant taking the third set 26-24 and the fourth set 25-19. Covenant took the conference championship title in a final score of 3-1 and will now advance to the NCAA post-season.
Although the Scots did not receive the conference title, the team remained optimistic and satisfied with the outcome of the season.
“Fighting with these girls was a blast and I am so honored to have been a Scot,” said Mary Kate White. “Even though we didn’t get the title last night, I think we won on other levels. We won by believing in one another. We won by being the Maryville College Scots.”