Scotties Finish Off Five-Set Thriller

Scotties Finish Off Five-Set Thriller

DECATUR, Ga.—Agnes Scott Volleyball found them in a familiar situation after a fifth set was forced on its home court. The Scotties were able to shake off the tough fifth game in their home opener on Tuesday against Toccoa Falls and controlled the set from cover to cover to earn their second win of the season over visiting Brewton-Parker. Agnes Scott won overall 3-2, taking the match 22-25, 25-17, 28-26, 18-25, 15-9.

The Scotties improve to 2-4 on the season entering the final game of a three-match home stand when they host LaGrange next Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Barons (3-5) are off for six days until they host the second of a home-and-home with the Scotties on September 14.

A battle in the first set ensued from the very start until the Barons were able to put on a four-point cushion as the set began to dwindle, 18-14. The Scotties clawed their way back into the game, eventually tying the game at 20-20. However, the Barons would not be denied the early lead with a 5-2 run to end things.

Much like they did in the home opener, Agnes Scott was much sharper in the second frame. The Scotties finished a 25-17 set with nine kills to only one attack error for a night-best .500 hitting percentage. ASC never trailed in the game and finished the set on a 6-0 run which included three straight service aces by Paige Heck (Indianapolis, Ind.) to knot the match at one.

Brewton Parker countered with a five-point lead right out of the game in the third set, but Agnes Scott methodically chipped away to eventually grab set point at 24-23. Finishing off the final point was difficult for both sides as they traded short runs. On their third set point, Agnes was able to take an overall match lead when rookie Tiara White (Sinton, Texas) placed a serve in front of the Barons' back line.

The Barons quickly erased the home momentum with a complete fourth set in which they led the entire way. Brewton Parker found a consistent rhythm in the service game to pull away from the Scotties 25-18, forcing a deciding set.

A seesaw fifth set in the early stages gave way to the Scotties getting a firm grasp over the pace with a three-point lead at the switch. The Agnes Scott lead grew to as many as seven points and the Scotties were able to hold off a late charge to take the match, 15-9.

Three Barons registered double-digit kills with Autumn Beasley leading the way with 16. Tiffany Burkhead finished with 13, while Jackie Williams sneakily had the best night of anyone with 12 kills to only one hitting error for a .524 hitting mark. Setter Marina Dennis put up 42 assists and finished second with 12 digs. BPC hit .116 as a team.

Heck took the team lead in kills with 13 on the evening to only three errors. Bonnie Derks (Sylva, N.C.) added nine herself, while Resa Knott (Atlanta, Ga.) finished off eight sets. Anna Tomkins threw up 39 assists, while libero Bella Kammerer paced the defense with 20 digs.