SEWANEE, Tenn. - The Sewanee volleyball team earned a split of Sunday's tri-match, falling to Millsaps in Southern Athletic Association (SAA) play in five sets before coming back to defeat Huntingdon in four sets at Juhan Gymnasium.
Match 1: Millsaps 3, Sewanee 2
The Majors got out to an early 2-0 lead in the match with set wins of 25-21 and 25-16, but the Purple and Gold stormed back to take the next two sets, 25-21, 25-23, to force a fifth set.
While the Majors limited the Tigers to a .103 attack percentage in the first two sets, the Tigers stopped Millsaps' attack in sets three and four with a .032 defensive attacking percentage.
In the fifth set, Millsaps started the game on a 6-3 run, but the Purple and Gold rallied to tie the deciding set at nine points apiece thanks to a 6-3 run of their own.
After a service error by Sewanee and a Millsaps (7-7, 2-3) ace and a kill, the Majors led 12-9 when Sewanee called a timeout.
The Tigers would rally to tie the set again at 13, but Millsaps took the deciding two points after a kill by Mckenzi Petricko and a Sewanee attack error to win the set and match.
Destiny Stewart posted her fifth double-double of the year with 17 kills on a .273 attack percentage and 27 digs. The freshman also assisted on four blocks.
Mason Gardella assisted on eight blocks for the Tigers, while adding nine digs and four kills.
Constance Connolly had 23 assists and seven digs for the Tigers
As a team, Sewanee was able to get to the net to block attempted kills, as they out-blocked Millsaps, 15-6.
Payton Passantino posted 13 kills to lead the Majors, while Ashley Zamjahn recorded 39 digs.
Match 2: Sewanee 3, Huntingdon 1
The Tigers came roaring back in the afternoon match, taking down Huntingdon (9-10), 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 25-10.
After falling to the Hawks in the second set, the Purple and Gold (7-6, 1-3) went on an attacking spree, posting a .446 attack percentage (34-5-65) in the latter two sets, while out-killing their opponent, 34-18.
Stewart posted a career-best 31 kills and added 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the year. The Alpharetta, Ga. native posted a .651 hitting percentage (31-3-43). She finished the day with 48 kills and 39 digs.
Constance Connolly and Peyton Parent each posted a double-double of their own. Connolly recorded 24 assists and 12 digs to go along with three service aces. Parent, meanwhile, dug out 13 attacks and assisted on 12 kills.
The Tigers will next take on Centre in SAA play Tuesday night, beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. CT.