DECATUR, Ga.—Agnes Scott Volleyball concluded its 2018 home schedule with a 3-0 loss to eighth-ranked Emory University on Thursday evening. The Scotties celebrated senior Bella Kammerer (Mt. Sterling, Ky.) before the contest.
The Scotties fall to 4-19 on the season with a five-match USA South gauntlet on the horizon over the next 10 days. Regional power Emory improves to 18-5 this season.
Emory's balanced offense has present from the start and only got stronger as the night wore on. Agnes Scott played sound defense for much of the night as they tried to counter the in-sync Eagles, but opportunities were hard to come by for the Scotties.
The Scotties played Emory tight in the first set, but the Eagles used a big run coming out a timeout to ice the Scotties 25-17. Despite their best efforts to match them punch for punch, Emory increased its kills to 16 in the second and an eye-popping 20 in the third to close out the contest. The Eagles won the second 25-16 before finishing it off at 25-14 in the finale.
Morgan McKnight's (Manassas, Va.) strong third set gave her the match lead in terminations with 14, while Carly Saitman (Hidden Hills, Calif.) finished off 10 sets. Claire Yohann (Shake Heights, Ohio) was consistent in the starring role of setter for the Eagles, finishing with 43 assists on the evening. Libero Elyse Thompson (Tallahassee, Fla.) improved on her season average in digs by coming up with 20 for the match.
Agnes Scott's defense had a great showing in the home finale. Tiara White (Sinton, Texas) dug up 11 attacks, but it was the front-line defense that helped the Scotties stave off big runs. Emory had to account for the presence of Kalia Jones (Atlanta, Ga.) and Carmen Ross (Roswell, Ga.) up front, as the two first-years combined for six blocks on the night.
Emory and Agnes both blocked eight shots as a team. Jones improved on her team-leading solo blocks with two.
The Scotties head to Montgomery this weekend to take on Covenant and Huntingdon beginning at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday.