The Maryville Lady Scot volleyball team won the USA South Volleyball Tournamnet, earning a trip to Atlanta for the NCAA Division III volleyball championship tournament.
The Lady Scots fell 3-0 in the first round, but the team’s impressive regular season run and USA South title were impressive.
Kelley Wandell, a 2016 graduate of Clinton High School, was one of seven seniors who anchored the Lady Scotts.
Those seven seniors end their careers with a 27-7 mark in their final campaign. The Scots went a perfect 17-0 against USA South opponents to win both the Western Division Regular Season title and the tournament crown.
They made the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2014.
“It’s a great group of girls,” Maryville Head Coach Kandis Schram said. “I often talk about when you have seniors, they’re not always the most fun to coach. Everything is the last. They made me eat my words. This has been a great group. Our motto was ‘One Goal’ and being genuine. They are goofy, and they are wonderful. It’s been great.”
Maryville – the Regionals’ seventh seed – was plagued by errors in the NCAA Division III first-round match. The Lady Scots hit just .010 as a squad with 24 attack errors.
Seven of those were credited to blocks by Berry.
The Scots also had nine service errors, eight reception errors and a blocking error against the second-seeded Vikings.
Wandell is known for more than her volleyball skills at Maryvilel College. The senior from Clinton, and senior Kyle Riddle of Huntersville, N..C., were Maryville College’s 2019 Senior Homecoming Royalty honorees.
The announcement was made during halftime of the Homecoming football game on Oct. 19, and Maryville College President Tom Bogart and wife Mary Bogart presented sashes to the senior honorees.
A 2016 graduate of Clinton High School, Wandell is a political science major at the College. Riddle, a 2016 graduate of Lake Norman Charter School, is a health and wellness promotion major at the College.