Spirited Scotties Prove Tough in USA South Tri-Match

Spirited Scotties Prove Tough in USA South Tri-Match
DECATUR, Ga.—A furious first-match rally fell just short as Agnes Scott was swept in a home tri-match against Huntingdon and Covenant on Saturday afternoon at the Woodruff Gymnasium. The Scotties came all the way back from two sets down against the Hawks in the opener and came within a point of a complete comeback before the Hawks spoiled the attempt in a five-set thriller. Covenant handed the Scotties a loss in four sets to remain unbeaten in the USA South. 
 
Agnes Scott sees its record fall to 7-18 for the year and 1-9 in the conference. Huntingdon improves to 17-14 overall and 5-4 in the USA South. Covenant continues its tear through the West Division at 11-0, while sporting an 18-7 mark. 
 
Match One: Huntingdon 3 – 2 Agnes Scott (25-22, 25-22, 27-29, 24-26, 16-14)
 
Big leads were hard to come by for either side in Agnes' most exciting match of the season. 
 
The Hawks kept enough distance between them and the home team in the first set to have a 23-19 lead in the late stages. The Scotties were able to claw back to within two points on two occasions, but the Hawks shut the door with a kill by Amy Tyma at game point. 
 
A second set was just as close, however Agnes Scott was able to charge out to the early advantage with a string of good offense. The Scotties were able to cling to a one or two-point lead a little past the midway point when the Hawks made their move. Down 16-15, Huntingdon went on an 8-2 run to flip the tables on the home team and eventually pulled away for another 25-22 win. 
 
The Hawks looked poised to put the Scotties away in three sets when a little Senior Day magic came to the forefront. Agnes Scott tied the game at 19 after being down as many as five points and started off a back-and-forth affair that led to match point for the Hawks. The Scotties were able to fight off a quick ending with a kill by Morgan Pearson (Pensacola, Fla.) and subsequently stayed alive by overcoming two more match points for the Hawks. A finish from Paige Heck (Indianapolis, Ind.) completed the impressive third-set comeback at 29-27. 
 
Things didn't get any easier on either side in the fourth with substantial runs being few and far between. Unlike the third set, it was the Scotties who held the 24-23 lead with a chance to even the overall score. Huntingdon temporarily delayed the result, but Agnes Scott finished off the final two points of the game for a 26-24 victory. 
 
In a shortened fifth, Huntingdon put themselves in a good spot with the commanding 12-7 advantage. However, Agnes Scott won five consecutive points coming out of a timeout to get a raucous crowd back into it. 
 
Consecutive kills by Heck gave Agnes Scott its first match point of the day at 14-13, but the Huntingdon offense caught fire at the wrong time for the Scotties. The Hawks finished off three straight points to hold off the impressive comeback overall. 
 
Huntingdon hit a bit more consistently throughout the match with its worst mark of the day coming at .220 in the fourth. Agnes Scott also had a good day on the attack with an overall hitting percentage of .232. 
 
Heck led the day for the the Scotties with 15 kills and a team-high 16 points. Seniors Bonnie Derks (Sylva, N.C.) and Resa Knott (Atlanta, Ga.) combined for 24 kills, while Knott impressively finished off 12 with no errors on the day. Anna Tomkins (Chapel Hill, N.C.) had a season-high 50 assists for the Scotties, while six different Scotties tallied at least 10 digs. 
 
Match Two: Covenant 3 – 1 Agnes Scott (25-13, 25-19, 24-26, 25-13)
 
The Lady Scots bookended the match with two dominant sets in which they hit over .200 as a team, but Agnes Scott was able to force the top conference team to earn their money in the second and third frames. 
 
The Scotties were able to hang tough in a 25-19 loss in the second despite hitting only .059, but it was the third in which the home side really shined. The Scotties hit a match-high 11 kills in the frame and forced the Lady Scots into tough spots deep into rallies. For the most part, Covenant's stellar defense was able to hold firm, but the Scotties used a 7-5 run to force a fourth set. 
 
Covenant was led by senior Ginny Moore (Fort Myers, Fla.)  with 16 kills, while Hannah Harris (Rochester, Minn.) pitched in 13. Libero Emily Moore (Fort Myers, Fla.) had 25 digs from the back line, while Schuyler Moore (Fort Myers, Fla.) completed the sister act with 30 assists. 
 
Heck led the Scotties once again with 12 kills, while Tomkins had team highs in assists (28) and digs (21). 
 
 What's Next?
 
Agnes Scott is right back in action tomorrow when they head up North to take on Sewanee and Berry in Rome, Ga. beginning at noon.