WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Meredith College Avenging Angels volleyball team clinched second place in the USA South East Division standings with a 3-1 (25-12, 25-21, 26-28, 25-16) win over Salem Friday night. The win secured hosting privileges for Tuesday's first round tournament action.
MCVB cruised past the hosts in set one and overcame a 12-6 deficit in the second to hold a 2-0 advantage.
Both teams remained close early in the third with the score even at 11. But Salem scored the next seven points to push past the Avenging Angels. A kill from Whitney Bolton ended the rally, and MCVB put together a 6-1 run to pull to within three. The Angels continued to work and pushed the score into extra points at 26-26, but the Spirits scored three in a row to finish the stanza with a win.
Meredith responded early in set four with kills from Avery Bowman and two from Caroline Corey. Bailey Lucas found Cathy Delano in the middle, and MCVB continued to spread the gap. Emily Skoglund served the Angels to four points for a nine point advantage at 18-9, and Salem called for a timeout. The Spirits remained in the mix, but Meredith remained in control the rest of the way.
Caroline Corey recorded 13 kills with six digs, and the next three leading attackers, Bolton, Kenzie Moore, and Ally Copenhaver, finished with eight apiece. Lauren Phillips led all with 21 digs, and Lucas finished with 18, along with 28 assists for her fourth double-double on the season. Lauren Grodi dished out 18 assists, and Skoglund notched 11 digs with a pair of service aces.