Salem Tops Scotties in Epic Battle, 3-2

Salem Tops Scotties in Epic Battle, 3-2

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - For the second time in as many tries this season, the Agnes Scott College volleyball team fell just short against conference-rival Salem College, dropping a heartbreaking 3-2 decision to the Spirits (28-26, 22-25, 26-24, 19-25, 15-11).  With the victory, the Spirits (8-12, 4-0 Great South Athletic Conference) claim the regular season crown for the conference.

The match marked season-highs for both teams for digs, as the Scotties (6-15, 1-2 GSAC) registered 101 digs, and the Spirits lodged 120 of their own.  Both teams also had a solid day hitting, as each team exceeded their season average for hitting percentage.  The hitting percentage in the second set was particularly noteworthy, with the two teams combining for 29 kills against only three errors, and both teams hitting above .390 for the set.

Individually, the Scotties were led offensively by Lauren Aikens, who registered 23 kills, 5 solo blocks, 5 digs, 3 aces and 3 block assists on the evening, with a whopping .449 hitting percentage for the match.  Scottie setter Shakirah Dodson lodged 40 assists to go along with 6 kills of her own, and Natalie Rendon and Bonnie Derks contributed to the cause with 10 and 9 kills, respectively.

On defense, five different Scotties registered 10 or more digs, including Shelli Sherman (27), Dodson(17), Rendon (15), Celeste Crowley (15), and Destiny Dawkins (14).  

"This was a match that really showed just how even these two teams are," indicated head coach Catherine Geerlings, "and we are looking forward to the opportunity to shoot for another conference tournament championship in a couple of weeks.  Hopefully, we can exact some revenge at the most important time."

The Scotties will finish their conference season on Wednesday at home, as they take on Wesleyan College in the final home contest of the season.  The match will take place at 6:30 p.m. and will honor the careers of senior players Aikens, Dawkins, and Sherman.