Football returns to the Hilltop for Homecoming; volleyball, soccer, women's golf also in action at home

Football returns to the Hilltop for Homecoming; volleyball, soccer, women's golf also in action at home

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—This weekend will be a busy one on the Hilltop, with four Birmingham-Southern teams playing at home during Homecoming weekend 2014. All of this weekend's football, volleyball, and soccer games will feature both live video streaming as well as free live stats, available at

Volleyball gets things started on Saturday, taking on Sewanee at 10:30 a.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum. The Panthers are 13-6 overall, riding a six-match win streak, and 4-1 in the Southern Athletic Association, tied with Berry and Millsaps at the top of the standings. After Saturday's match against Sewanee (5-11, 1-4 SAA), BSC will host Centre (7-11, 3-2 SAA) on Sunday at noon. Sophomore Lynsie Byrd, who was named SAA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, leads the team with 3.46 kills per set and is first in the SAA with 246 total kills and 277 points. Junior libero Lauren Bedford leads the Panthers and is second in the SAA with 311 digs (4.38/set), and junior setter Katie McCormack leads the team with 581 assists (8.54/set).

Football kicks off at 1 p.m. against Sewanee (1-4, 0-0 SAA) on Saturday following the volleyball match, returning home after falling to Hendrix on the road last weekend, 48-31, to fall to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in the SAA. Senior tailback Joe Moultrie leads the rushing effort with 452 yards, leading the SAA with 6.5 yards per carry. He and sophomore tailback Samir Usman have scored three touchdowns apiece, as has senior wide receiver Michael Cowan, who leads the Panthers with 228 yards receiving and leads the SAA with 19 receptions. His three touchdown catches also ties him for first in the conference. Freshman quarterback Mickey Courtney played the entire game against Hendrix and will likely start against the Tigers as well. He is 28-50 on the season with two touchdowns and 331 yards. The BSC defense is led by senior defensive back LaPrintence Gunn with 33 tackles, including an SAA-high 28 solo tackles, and he also leads the league with three interceptions.

Both soccer teams will take the field against Millsaps after the football game, with the men playing at 4:30 p.m. and the women at 7 p.m. on Preston Goldfarb Field. It will be the conference opener for both teams. The men are 6-1-1 heading into the weekend, having suffered their only loss of the year to No. 7 Emory last week at home. Junior Bastian Jedliczka leads the squad with 14 points on six goals and two assists. Senior goalkeeper Jonas Heidrich leads the SAA in fewest goals allowed (7) and is third with his 1.09 goals against average.

The women's soccer team is 6-2-1 on the year. Junior Jessie Sperry leads the team and is third in the SAA with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists; she also ranks second with three game-winning goals. Junior goalkeeper Katie Williams leads the conference with only three goals allowed as well as a .889 save percentage, and she ranks second in goals against average with 0.52.

Women's Golf will also be in action in Birmingham this weekend, with the 'Southern Showdown teeing off Sunday morning at Highland Park Golf Course.