DECATUR, Ga.—Agnes Scott Volleyball fell to divisional opponent Piedmont in three sets on Tuesday night at the Woodruff Gymnasium. Piedmont managed to win all three sets in very different ways as the Scotties applied pressure late with a chance to flip momentum around. The Lions found their groove late in the third to close out the sweep of the Scotties.
The Scotties remain in USA South postseason contention despite the setback, falling to 2-7 in conference action and 4-18 overall. Piedmont takes one step closer to .500 at 9-10, while getting above the mark at 6-5 in the USA South West Division.
Piedmont hit at a high level all night, which compromised the Scottie defense at times. The powerful outside attack from Alina Roberts (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) and Erica Balkcum (Warner Robins, Ga.)—each finished with 10 kills—was tough to handle as Jenna Wendel (Lawrenceville, Ga.) distributed the ball evenly to keep Agnes Scott off balanced.
Tiara White (Sinton, Texas) was a secret weapon for the Scotties early as the sophomore lit up the scoresheet in the opening set with eight kills. However, Piedmont converted 36 attack attempts into 14 kills to take a 25-19 win in the first.
Piedmont controlled the second set from beginning to end, finishing at 25-15 to set themselves up for a sweep.
Agnes Scott battled back in the final frame despite a slow start, turning a 5-2 deficit into a 12-7 lead in mere moments. The Scotties held a comfortable advantage approaching the end of the set at 21-17, making Piedmont to take a timeout to regroup. The quick break worked wonders for the visitors, who won seven consecutive points coming out the break to virtually put the match on ice before finishing it off 25-22.
Piedmont hit for 45 kills and a .256 percentage compared to 30 and .078 for the home side. White led all players with 14 kills, while the Lions' Wendel finished with a game-high 34 assists. Lainey Choiniere (Warner Robins, Ga.) led all players with 17 digs.
Agnes Scott is back in action on Thursday when they host nationally ranked Emory in a crosstown matchup beginning at 7 p.m.