LAURINBURG — The Scotland volleyball team completed a season sweep of Seventy-First with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-23) victory on Tuesday night against the Falcons in Sandhills Athletic Conference action.
The Lady Scots (7-7, 6-4 SAC) previously defeated the Falcons 3-1 in Fayetteville on Sept. 4.
“We started kind of slow in our first matches, but they looked a little bit more confident tonight, a little bit more level-headed, and that’s what I really liked,” Scotland volleyball coach Mallarie Snow said. “We finished tonight, so I was very excited for them, doing that and completing that mission.”
Both teams struggled at times with the low ceiling in Scotland’s old gym. The Lady Scots are playing the rest of their home games this season in the old gym while the school’s main court is repaired after being damaged by Hurricane Florence.
“It’s just an adjustment,” Snow said. “It is what it is. We’re just going to deal with our circumstances for right now. Hopefully when we get these couple more practices in, they’ll get used to it and we’ll adjust to it.”
After a 25-22 victory in the first set, Scotland held a 10-3 lead early in the second set. Seventy-First (4-8, 3-7) eventually closed the gap to 19-14.
A service ace by Scotland’s Sarah Eury gave the Lady Scots a 20-14 lead, and the Falcons responded by scoring two points to trim the host’s lead to four points.
The Lady Scots scored two more points before a pair of service errors by Scotland made the score 24-18. Scotland scored the deciding point with the help of a serve by Taylor Waitley.
Scotland led 20-16 late in the third set, but the Falcons rallied to come back and tie the game at 20-all.
A kill by Asjah Swindell, a serve by Nikki Strickland and a return error by the Falcons helped Scotland take a 23-20 lead. Seventy-First rallied again and tied the set at 23-all, but a service error by the Falcons led to Kate Carter converting on a game-winning kill for the Lady Scots.
Scotland returns to the old gym on Thursday for a game against Pinecrest.
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