DECATUR, Ga.—Agnes Scott Volleyball fell to USA South West Division-leading Huntingdon 3-1 in non-conference action on Friday night. A rocking Woodruff Gymnasium saw the Scotties shake off a slow start to the night to push the visiting Hawks to the brink before the visitors were able to hold on 25-11, 17-25, 25-16, 25-22.
The Hawks improved to 6-3 on the young season, while Agnes Scott falls to 1-9 entering conference play this week.
Huntingdon controlled the pace of play in the first set as the potential fatigue of a late trip the night before for the Scotties seemed to bleed into the start. The Hawks hit for a .455 mark in the opener and never seemed threatened on their way to a 14-point win to take the lead in the match.
A conference at the first changeover seemed to spark the Scotties from the outset as they quickly rolled to a 13-5 advantage before the Hawks had any type of counter-response. Huntingdon settled down and put together a handful of runs to put pressure on the home side, but Agnes Scott did not falter. Each time the Scotties took a blow, they gave one right back and finished off the set thanks to the hot hand of Paige Heck (Indianapolis, Ind.) off the bench.
The Hawks were able to reel in the momentum from swinging fully in Agnes' favor by taking the third set. After Huntingdon jumped out to a 13-7 advantage, Agnes Scott scored five straight points to make things interesting. However, Huntingdon was having none of it as they won 12 of the final 16 points for the important 2-1 lead.
The fourth was a slugfest with each side trading kills in big moments. Huntingdon looked to gain control early, but Agnes fought back from five-point deficits twice to tie the game on four different occasions. Tied at 21 all, Huntingdon made its final move with three consecutive points one to all but decide the final outcome. A kill from offensive stalwart Shelby McAllister (Franklin, Tenn.) sealed the match at 25-22.
Huntingdon was paced by a three-tiered attack of Amy Tyma (Cleveland, Ohio), Addison Genard (Mobile, Ala.) and McAllister. Tyma finished with 14 kills, 11 digs and 3 block assists to lead the winners in points at 16.5. McAllister and Genard combined for 26.5 of the Hawks' offensive output.
Kaitlyn Carter (Enterprise, Ala.) finished with 22 assists, while Emma Moore (Rossville, Ga.) added another 18.
The Hawks blocked eight shots and hit .223 as a team.
Agnes Scott saw its strongest individual numbers of the season with Kalia Jones (Atlanta, Ga. ) and Heck both finishing with double-digit finishes at 10 kills apiece. Bella Kammerer (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) was sharp in the passing game with 29 assists, while libero Tiara White (Sinton, Texas) was the match leader in digs with 18. Musumaulai Galoia (Hephzibah, Ga.) also added eight kills to only two errors for the Scotties.
The Scotties 46 offensive points were their second best this season only to a 69-point effort in a five-set loss to Piedmont International on opening weekend.
Agnes Scott is off until Tuesday when they host Brewton-Parker at 6:30 p.m.