SEWANEE, Tenn. - After a 4-0 weekend at the Maroon Classic in Salem, Va., the Sewanee volleyball team opened the home portion of their 2017 schedule, taking and defeating the Scots in five sets, 23-25, 25-20, 26-24, 21-25, 15-6, on Wednesday night at Juhan Gymnasium.
A complete opposite from their first meeting in Birmingham, Ala. where the Scots swept the Tigers, Wednesday's matchup was a back-and-forth affair for the entire contest.
The first set belonged to the Scots in the latter stages. Down 12-11 in the opening set, Covenant went on a 11-4 run to put it to 21-17 in favor of the visitors. Sewanee would get the match tied at 22 points, but the Scots took three of the final four points to claim the set.
In the second set, Covenant (3-5) continued their hot streak from the first set, going on a 7-2 run to start, but the Tigers (5-3) rallied to tie the set at 13 thanks to an 11-6 run. From there, the Purple and Gold took control of the match to win the set, 25-20.
Sewanee out-killed the Scots in the set, 17-7, and had a .364 hitting percentage to their opponent's .030.
In the third set, no team had a lead as large as four points, until the Tigers went on a run in the latter parts of the set. The Tigers had a 22-16 lead before the Scots rallied to tie the match at 24. After Sewanee called their final timeout of the set, Covenant recorded a service error to give Sewanee the set point. On the next rally, the Tigers got a kill by Destiny Stewart off of Peyton Parent to give the Tigers the 2-1 advantage.
However, the Tigers were unable to seal the match in the fourth set. Granted the Purple and Gold had 15 kills to Covenant's 13, it was the number of errors committed that was the factor in the match. Covenant committed three errors, its lowest for the match for the visitors, to Sewanee's six.
Going into the deciding fifth set, the Tigers cleaned up their errors from the fourth set, as the Purple and Gold did not commit an error in the set, winning the set, 15-6, and the match.
Stewart continues to have a stellar freshman campaign. The Alpharetta, Ga. native racked up a career-high 29 kills, eight more than the 21 she posted against Methodist University last Saturday. She finished with a .429 hitting percentage (28-5-56).
In 27 sets played this season, Stewart has a .287 attacking percentage, and, thanks to a career-best 20 digs, earns her third double-double of the season.
Constance Connolly missed her career mark in assists by one with 28 in the contest, and she collected 20 digs.
Parent finished with 19 digs and 11 assists, while Caroline Owens had six kills and three blocks.
The Tigers return to the road as they open Southern Athletic Association play this weekend, beginning with a trip to Rhodes College at noon on Saturday, Sept. 16.