MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Agnes Scott Volleyball got into the win column for the first time in 2018 with a convincing three-set triumph over the Mississippi University for Women in the second of two matches at the Huntingdon Invitational on Friday afternoon. The Scotties fell to Division II opponent Tuskegee in the tournament opener before sweeping the Owls of MUW in their final match of the day.
The Scotties will have two more matches on Saturday morning beginning with a USA South cross-divisional game against N.C. Wesleyan at 10 a.m. Central Time. Agnes Scott (1-5) will close out the invitational at noon against Auburn-Montgomery.
Tuskegee 3 – 0 Agnes Scott (25-9, 25-23, 26-24)
The Tigers were firing on all cylinders in the first set with 11 kills compared to zero attack errors. Their blistering attack never allowed the Scotties to get into a groove of their own. The final two sets told a different story though, as Agnes forced Tuskegee to earn every single point with a gritty defensive effort.
The Scotties hit at a positive mark in all three sets, but could never quite match the offensive volume of their opponents before bowing out in a pair of hotly contested games.
Tuskegee's Taliyana Bryant was the standout in the match with 15 kills and five service aces to easily lead all players in points.
Agnes Scott 3 – 0 MUW (25-22, 25-9, 25-22)
After entering the match winless in five tries, Agnes Scott finally relished the taste of victory with a comfortable win over the Owls on a neutral court.
The Scotties eked out the first set after losing a five-point lead in the late stages. Kills from Paige Heck (Indianapolis, Ind.) stopped the Owls' run and allowed the Scotties to grab the important one-set advantage.
Agnes Scott made good on the opportunity by cruising in the second set. Despite the uneven scoreline, Agnes Scott converted its lowest offensive output of the day with only four kills. However, the Scotties were able to minimize their mistakes while the Owls committed a match-high in the second set to give Agnes Scott a big lead which could not be overcome.
The Owls led the third set at the midway point of the third set as they tried to claw their way back into the match, but an 11-2 run in the Scotties favor all but sealed the final result.
Heck was the leader with seven kills, giving her 11 for the day between the two matches. Morgan Pearson (Pensacola, Fla.) finished with 15 digs, while classmate Bella Kammerer (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) set up 25 kills on the afternoon for the Scotties.