DECATUR, Ga.—Scotties Volleyball earned a split of its first home conference tri-match with Berea and LaGrange on Saturday afternoon at Woodruff. The Scotties took care of business against Berea, but visiting LaGrange was able to avenge a 3-0 loss at the hands of Agnes from last week, beating them in four.
The Scotties' record moves to 7-14 overall and 1-5 in the USA South. Berea dips to 3-14 and 0-6, while LaGrange snaps a six-match losing streak to move up to 9-9 and 2-3 respectively. All three teams lost wins on Friday due to Wesleyan (Ga.) cancelling the remainder of its season.
Match One: Berea 1 – 3 Agnes Scott (23-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-19)
The Scotties had to fight through a scrappy first two sets before breaking things open in the third and fourth frames. Agnes Scott and Berea traded point for much of the first set with neither team able to cobble together any runs until the very end. The Scotties held a 22-21 advantage, but the Mountaineers scored four of the final five points out of a timeout to take the opener.
The second plodded along at a similar pace with both teams trading points back and forth, but something clicked toward the end of the set on the home side. The Scotties were able to turn a 15-17 deficit into a 23-18 lead with a matter of minutes and held off a short Berea run to knot things at a game apiece.
Agnes Scott used that momentum to dominate the third set, including piecing together an impressive 8-0 run in the middle to really break things open.
The Scotties built up big leads in the several times in the fourth only to have the Mountaineers counter with a few streaks of their own. However, a strong service game in the waning points allowed the Scotties to pull away for a 25-19 win in the clincher.
Resa Knott (Atlanta, Ga.) and Bonnie Derks (Sylva, N.C.) combined for 21 kills and only three errors to pace the Scottie attack. Knott had a team-high 16 points in total thanks to four overall blocks. Anna Tomkins (Chapel Hill, N.C.) dished out 35 assists, while Derks picked up 21 digs.
Match Two: LaGrange 3 – 1 Agnes Scott (25-22, 30-32, 25-22, 25-12)
The first three sets resembled a 12-round royal rumble with each team taking its turn at throwing a punch. However, each set was lost by the team leading it in the late stage.
The Scotties held a slight advantage in the first with only a few points needed to take an early lead, but the Panthers used a 5-1 run to steal it. Agnes Scott returned the favor by staving off four set points for the Panthers in the second set and eventually netting an awesome 32-30 result to even the match.
Agnes Scott looked to be in cruise control in the third with a six point lead at 19-13, but a host of errors opened the door for the Panthers to stage a huge rally. LaGrange used an 11-2 run to take firm control and never looked back for a 25-22 win.
The momentum at the end of the third set swung fully into LaGrange's grasp as the Scotties never threatened the visitors. LaGrange opened up a double-digit lead quickly and hit a day best .314 in the final set while the Scotties' hitting percentage dipped for a fourth consecutive set.
Maggie Ivester (McDonough, Ga.) and Emily Arnold (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) were key on the outside for the Panthers with 12 kills each. Agnes was led by Heck with 13.
Bella Kammerer (Mount Sterling, Ky.) had the game-high in digs with 37.
Agnes has a week off from competition before heading to Maryville for what will now be a single match at a time to be determined.