GREENSBORO, N.C. - In what was beginning to look like a rough day for the Agnes Scott College volleyball team, the team rebounded after dropping five of the first six sets they played to stage an incredible comeback against Methodist University to preserve a split in their road contests during USA South Conference play. After dropping their first match to host Greensboro College, 3-1, the Scotties rallied from a two-set deficit to stun the Monarchs (6-14, 2-4 USA South) in five.
In the first match of the day, the Scotties split the first two games with the Pride (12-6, 4-2 USA South) before dropping the final two after committing 16 service return errors. The Scotties (8-6, 3-3 USA South) were led by Paige Heck, who had 16 kills to lead all players. Anna Tomkins contributed a double-double with 14 assists and 13 digs, and Haley Payne led the Scotties with 26 digs.
In the second match of the day against the Monarchs, the Scotties fell behind after dropping two close sets, before rebounding to take out Methodist, 3-2 (21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-18, 18-16). The Monarchs held two match points in the final set, but a service error and a Morgan Pearson kill erased the two opportunities. Pearson would again be the hero two points later, as she scored another kill on a set from Bella Kammerer to give the Scotties their final point and the match.
"We did an incredible job of remaining focused on never giving up," commented head coach Bailey Thornton. "It would have been easy for the team to hang their heads after falling behind, but we came together and got the job done and I am very proud of this team."
Pearson would finish with a season and career-high 12 kills for the Scotties, while Heck would lead all players with 22 kills (also a season-high) and Bonnie Derks would put down 11. Kammerer and Tomkins would each log 27 assists on the night, and Tomkins had another double-double, as did Pearson, contributing 17 and 11 digs, respectively. Payne once again led the Scotties with 29 digs.
The Scotties will continue their road swing through the eastern part of the conference, as they face off with Averett and William Peace on Sunday.