Millsaps Outlasts Sewanee in Five-Set Marathon

Millsaps Outlasts Sewanee in Five-Set Marathon

JACKSON, Miss. - The Sewanee-Millsaps volleyball season series went to a five-set battle for a second time this season, but the Majors prevailed as in the first meeting, defeating the Sewanee volleyball team in the Hangar Dome on Sunday.

Just as in the first chapter of the 2017 series, Millsaps got out to a 2-0 set lead thanks to a 25-12 and 30-28 set victories.

In the thrilling second set, Sewanee (8-10, 2-7) rallied from an 18-13 deficit and went on a 9-4 run to tie the contest at 22 points apiece.

Millsaps (10-9, 5-4) earned the next two points by two kills by Shelby Marsh, but the Tigers rallied to tie the set again at 24 with an Olivia Nichols kill and an Millsaps attack error.

After the teams traded their 25th points of the set, the Tigers got the match to set point after a Destiny Stewart kill, but the Majors, following a timeout, knotted the score again at 26 after a Millsaps block.

Stewart gave the Tigers the set point again, but on the next rally, Millsaps tied it again at 27 with an attack error.

After the Majors made it 28-27, the Tigers' Stephanie Price posted a block to even the score at 28. However, the next two points belonged to the Majors to win, 30-28.

After the exciting second set, the momentum was shifted to the Tigers, who took the third and fourth sets by similar 25-22 scores, and, just as in the first meeting, rally down 2-0 to force the fifth and deciding set.

In the deciding fifth set, the Majors used a 13-3 rally en route to a 15-6 set and match victory.

Stewart led all teams with 22 kills and 17 digs for her sixth double-double of the season. In her 18 matches of the season, she has posted 17 double-digit kills and six matches with more than 20 kills.

Mason Gardella also had 10 kills, one solo block and four block assists.

Peyton Parent finished with 29 digs, while Constance Connolly finished with 16 digs and 22 assists.

Elizabeth Gill had nine kills, while Olivia Nichols posted 10 digs.

Claire Crow finished with 23 assists in the contest.

Mckenzi Petricko recorded 19 kills, while Ashley Zamjahn led the Majors with 31 kills.

The Tigers return home for a weekend homestand, beginning with Centre Thursday night.

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