As the only four seniors on the Lady Scots roster took the court this past weekend, they looked to lock home court advantage for the first round of the USA South tournament.
Danielle Gehr, Kori Jacot, Abrianna Jones and Julia Vineyard walked in to their Senior Day double header wanting to put a stamp on their Scots legacy, and they did just that by taking consecutive matches and moving to 17-14 on the season (10-5 in conference play).
Maryville walked into the morning sets against Lagrange on a two match winning streak and kept the momentum going into the postseason. The offense seemed stronger than usual, taking the match 3-1.
Despite the outcome, the Lady Scots went for the sweep. Hope ended when they dropped the third set 14-25. Nia Haller had one of her best overall games, delivering 14 kills of her own, bringing the team total to 48.
Whomever said momentum is one of the hardest things to keep once it’s broken, obviously didn’t tell that to Coach Schram’s squad. Even with the break in games, Maryville came out and stomped their next opponent, Berea College, sweeping them off the floor and taking all three sets.
The scoring was shared throughout the bunch, with four players having more than three kills each. They kept the pressure on all game, especially in the first set taking it 20-10. Berea started to look better over the next two sets, but couldn’t overcome the physicality of the Lady Scots, with those scores being 25-20 consecutively.
Most programs wait until the very end of the season to try and flip the switch into post-season mode, but it looks as though the Lady Scots are already there.
Can they keep it up? Can they go deep into the tournament? Their seniors certainly believe they can.
“There is nobody that intimidates us, we are going to come out and play hard and leave everything on the court. If that happens, then we should be just fine,” said Abrianna Jones.