DECATUR, Ga.—A late run by Toccoa Falls in the fourth set unsettled Agnes Scott's dominant rhythm in the middle games and the Screaming Eagles stormed all the way back in the fifth to spoil the Scotties' home opener at Woodruff on Tuesday. The Scotties looked in full control after the first set, but some late heroics by the balanced Screaming Eagle offense was enough to pull off the thrilling victory: 25-23, 12-25, 15-25, 25-22, 15-9.
Toccoa led cover to cover in the opening set, taking a quick 4-0 advantage and growing its lead to as many as six before the Scotties could respond. To their credit, Agnes never looked ready to give away the opening game and fought off three consecutive game points before ultimately falling in a close one 25-23.
The second and third sets were fully under the control of the home side. After a slow start, the Scottie offense heated up into full gear in the middle of the second to give themselves a wide cushion at 19-8. The Screaming Eagles were never able to recover in the set and dropped the equalizer 25-12.
Agnes Scott's offense could not be slowed down in the third set either, again racing out to 20 points before the visitors crossed the double-digit point plateau. Both teams were able to limit their errors on the offensive end, often putting the other defense on its heels early in points. The Scotties' brilliant middle-game effort showed to the tune of 34 kills and only four errors during a pair of big wins.
Things got tighter in the fourth set, but Agnes Scott held a 19-15 lead with just a few points to go before a stellar debut. However, a well-timed Screaming Eagle timeout helped spur a 5-1 run that helped turn the tide and even the score at 20.
The Screaming Eagles went on to score five of the final seven points, including the final three to force a fifth game.
Whatever momentum the Scotties lost at the end of the fourth set, they were not able to get it back as the Screaming Eagles put stretches of points together to pull out the match victory, 15-9.
Toccoa hit fairly well all night but saved their best for last with a .389 hitting percentage in the final frame. Nine of their 15 points in the final set came directly off a kill. Four Screaming Eagles put up double-figure on the attack with Kaitlin Weidner (Corry, Pa.) leading the way with 14. Kayle Glore (Austell, Ga.) was often on the other side of those as the sophomore put up 46 assists for the visitors. Talia Hatch (Laceyville, Pa.) paced the defensive effort with 16 digs, while Weidner added another four points on blocks, all coming in the final two sets.
Agnes Scott far surpassed any numbers they had put up to this point in the season by crushing 65 kills on the evening. Senior Resa Knott (Atlanta, Ga.) was sharp in the middle of the match for the Scotties, hitting a career-high 18 kills. Bonnie Derks (Sylva, N.C.) and Paige Heck (Indianapolis, Ind.) both contributed 12 kills as a part of the Scotties' big night.
The Scotties fall to 1-4 on the season with the result, but will look to get back on the mend on Friday when they host Brewton Parker for a 6 p.m. start.