LAURINBURG — Madeline Milholland had as close to a perfect night as you can have in volleyball Thursday. The senior hitter collected 20 kills and not a single attacking error as the Scots defeated Purnell Swett three sets to one.
Scotland coach Molly Hayes said Milholland had a good night in every aspect of the game. In addition to the kills, she also completed 22 of her 30 passes to target and had two aces on 15 serves.
“She had a great game. She played smart and called a variety of shots,” Hayes said. “Twenty kills and zero errors is pretty remarkable.”
Scotland dominated the last two sets, winning 25-12 and 25-9 in games three and four. But things did not start off smoothly for the Scots, however. They dropped the first set 25-21 to a fired-up Purnell Swett squad. The Rams were getting the ball over the arms of Scotland’s blockers and playing good defense.
Hayes said her side was not in rhythm during the first set.
“We didn’t serve well the first game and that cost us points. If we can get our serves where they need to be it pumps us up and gives us momentum,” Hayes said. “I didn’t think they played terrible the first game, I just think that we made a few errors and allowed the other teams to win balls.”
Scotland traveled to Purnell Swett earlier this month and came out with a narrow victory in five sets, so the Rams were ready to play Thursday.
Jessie Kee also contributed to Scotland’s attack with 10 kills. Katelyn Hunt had six kills, 10 digs and completed 10 of her 14 passes. Kenleigh Callahan took the most serves for Scotland with 27 attempts. Avery Callahan totaled 23 assits and 10 digs.
Scotland is now 14-1 overall and 6-0 in the Southeastern Conference.