BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team picked up two more wins today to win the 2010 Hilltop Classic and open the season with a record of 4-0. The Panthers defeated Piedmont College, 3-1, and Huntingdon College, 3-0, in Bill Battle Coliseum.
Against Piedmont, senior Christine Denning, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, and junior Hope Harris both posted double-doubles, as Denning recorded 44 assists and 17 digs, and Harris had 14 kills and 11 digs. Sophomore Shelby Moore, who was also named All-Tournament, led BSC with 16 kills and a .414 attack percentage, as well as five blocks, and senior Jennifer McKannan led with 19 digs.
Against Huntingdon, Moore led again with 10 kills, sophomore Lauren Reibe led with 22 assists, and Harris led with 13 digs. Moore was also impressive with four blocks.
Prior to BSC's match against Huntingdon, McKannan's father, David, who was diagnosed with ALS three years ago, was honored for his contributions over the last four years to the Panther volleyball program. The team took donations for the ALS Foundation of Alabama and announced that they would rename the Hilltop Classic to the "Mack Attack Classic" in his honor in years to come.
Other All-Tournament honorees were Claire Warren from Rhodes, Courtney Nordyke from Mississippi College, and Erin Godwin from Berry.
The Panthers are on the road next weekend, traveling to Memphis for the Rhodes Fall Classic to face Franklin & Marshall and Millsaps on Friday and Central Baptist and Webster on Saturday.
Complete Tournament Results