Scots volleyball wins three of four in MC Invitational

The Maryville College Lady Scots volleyball team hosted the MC Invitational this weekend and won three of four games, bringing them to a 7-5 record on the season.

The Scots split their games in the first day of the invitational, defeating Oglethorpe University 3-1 by scores of 25-17, 19-25, 29-27 and 25-12, then being swept by Lynchburg 3-0 by scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-21.

In the win against Oglethorpe, the Scots offense had four players in double-figure kills, including Abrianna Jones (12), Kelsey Handel (11), Rachel Kozemko (10) and Mary Kate White (10). Kristi Bowlin played a large part in the win by recording a double-double with 23 assists and 11 digs. Lauren Bonee recorded 22 assists to pace the Scots offense.

The Scots struggled in their loss to Lynchburg, with Rachel Kozemko being the lone player in double-figure kills with 11. Morgan Hall led the Scots in assists with 13, Mallory Bonee led the Scots defense with 15 digs.

In the second day of the invitational, the Scots responded to their tough loss to Lynchburg, sweeping both Earlham and Centre College 3-0 on Sunday.

The Scots won the match against Earlham by scores of 25-14,25-12 and 25-9. Sophia del Campo led the Scots offense with 10 kills in the match, and Kelsey Handel added eight. The Scots recorded an impressive nine service aces, with Kaitlyn Flickinger, Lauren Bonee, Taylor Alex Guidi and Kristi Bowlin each adding two, and Kelsey Handel adding one. Kristi Bowlin recorded 18 of the Scots’ 34 assists. The Scots defense was led by Rachel Kozemko with 13 digs, followed by Sophia del Campo with nine.

In the final match of the invitational, Maryville swept Centre College 3-0 by close scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 25-18.

The Scots defense held off Centre in all three sets, courtesy of an impressive 14 digs by Mallory Bonee, 12 digs by Rachel Kozemko and 11 by Lauren Bonee. Morgan Hall led the Scots offense with 21 assists, with Mary Kate White adding nine kills. Abrianna Jones and Kelsey Handel each added six kills. Both Kelsey Handel and Madison Coker were strong at the net, Handel adding three block assists and Coker with a solo block and two block assists.

The 7-5 Scots will head to Covenant College for their first USA South matchup on Friday.

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