Scotties Cage Panthers in Match Sweep

Scotties Cage Panthers in Match Sweep

DECATUR, Ga.—Fueled by a close loss on Tuesday night, Agnes Scott Volleyball rebounded in a big way with a complete sweep of visiting LaGrange on Thursday night at Woodruff Gymnasium. The Scotties got off to a hot start with a 25-17 first set and 25-19 second. The Panthers charged back in the third, but Agnes Scott held on with a run in the end to win 25-22.

The Scotties improve to 5-9 on the season and 2-2 on their home court. LaGrange drops its third consecutive match after a 7-3 start to the year. Agnes Scott swept the Panthers for the second consecutive meeting.

Agnes Scott's offense looked in control of the tempo after an initial back and forth in the opening set. The Scotties turned a close set into a sizeable lead down the stretch as Resa Knott (Atlanta, Ga.) and Anna Tomkins (Chapel Hill, N.C.) connected on more than one occasion.

The Scotties led from start to finish in the second set, once again fending off the Panthers as they closed the lead to a single possession before busting it open again. Up only two at the midway point, Agnes Scott was able to grow the lead to as many as six points and LaGrange was never able to creep closer than two in a 25-19 win for the Scotties.

The opening stretch of the third was much of the same as neither team to garner full momentum. LaGrange looked to have their opening at prolonging the match with an 8-3 run that turned an Agnes Scott lead on its head. However, a timeout taken by the home side led directly to a 6-0 run that virtually clinched the match overall.

Emily Arnold (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) led the Panthers' attack with nine kills, while Cierra Terry (Lawrenceville, Ga.) dug up 20 balls from her libero spot.

Knott was the standout on offense with 13 kills and no errors on only 18 attempts. Bonnie Derks (Sylva, N.C.) also contributed eight kills. Tomkins threw up 30 assists and again led the team with 13 digs. Agnes Scott combined for five blocks overall with Alexis Smith (Memphis, Tenn.) helping on four of them.

Agnes' busy week culminates with a tri-match at Covenant this weekend. The Scotties will take on Huntingdon at 2 p.m. and the hosts at 4 p.m. The Lady Scots and Hawks currently sit atop the USA South West standings.