LAURINBURG — The rematch between Scotland and Purnell Swett played out much the same as the first meeting between the two schools in early September.
The Scots (10-6, 5-1 in the SEC) welcomed the Rams (1-14, 0-6) to Laurinburg Thursday night and swept them for the second time this season, winning 25-11, 25-17, 25-13 in a victory that Scotland coach Molly Hayes was “very pleased” with.
On Sept. 10 in Pembroke, Scotland handed Purnell Swett a 25-17, 25-13, 25-13 loss.
On Thursday, the Scots cruised to wins in sets one and three, but trailed for much of game two before rallying and eventually winning it.
“I like that we started strong in game three after a game two where we battled for the lead,” Hayes said. “I liked that we came back and I was satisfied with that.”
Scotland’s serving was strong for much of the night, and Hayes said she was particularly impressed with Kandon Luquer who had 13 serving points and three aces.
In the first and third games Scotland raced out to fast starts and controlled the action, but in the third set, it was Purnell Swett that was the aggressor. The Rams took a 16-14 lead midway through game which forced Hayes to call her only timeout of the match.
“Purnell is always athletic and they have tall girls with a lot of natural ability and they’re well-coached,” Hayes said. “They’re going to fight for every point and we know that every time we play them.”
The Scots responded to the break in the action by going on an 11-1 run to win the set and take a commanding 2-0 lead. Kenleigh Callahan recorded the game’s final kill.
Mason Roberts and Kaitlin Lewis had seven digs for Scotland, while Emma Gray Beacham notched 10. Lewis also led the team with nine kills while tacking on seven digs.
Nahir Pegues tallied four kills and two solo blocks and twin sister Amaya Pegues had three kills. Beacham also had three kills to go along with 21 assists.
Scotland will travel to Southern Pines on Tuesday to play defending Southeastern Conference champion Pinecrest.
“We’re prepared as we can be,” Hayes said. “We’re mentally focused and just going to go in and play the best that we can.”
The Patriots defeated the Scots 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 in their meeting on Sept. 15. Despite it being a sweep, Scotland had its chances to win games two and three but fell short in the critical moments. Hayes said she hopes her team learned from the loss as they attempt to give Pinecrest its first conference loss this year.
“They’re a very consistent team, they’re not going to error that much and we did when we played them,” she said. “That’s something we’ve been working on consistently this season.”
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