September 4, 2011

Volleyball wins 2011 McK Attack Tournament

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—With two more wins today against Huntingdon and Stillman, both by the score of 3-0, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team got off to a 4-0 start and won the 2011 McK Attack Tournament.

Junior Shelby Moore was named Tournament MVP after recording 44 total kills over the four matches with a .356 attack percentage. Junior libero Presley Dickson and junior setter Lauren Reibe joined Moore on the All-Tournament Team.

In the match against Huntingdon, the Panthers won 25-13, 25-12, and 25-17. Moore led all players with 12 kills, Reibe led with 33 assists, and freshman Sara Kate Bracewell led on defense with 16 digs.

Against Stillman, BSC had to fight back from a deficit in all three sets, but clawed their way back and won by the scores of 25-18, 25-21, and 25-14. Moore had 10 kills with no errors, and freshman Kathleen Pfitzer also had 10 kills with only two errors. Reibe led with 29 assists and nine digs. Senior Alaina Smith had four block assists, and Pfitzer had three block assists and a solo block.

"I thought this weekend was a really good start for our team," Head Coach Judy Green said. "It shows the potential that we have to continue to get better each week as we go through the season. For the most part we were able to minimize our unforced errors consistently through the weekend. I do think we've got to work on being a better serving team and continuing to develop the layers of our offense.

"Overall, probably the one thing that impressed me the most was the fight that our team had in them regardless of the situation that we were in, and their ability to be able to come back from a deficit."

In other tournament action, LaGrange defeated Huntingdon, 3-1, Piedmont defeated both LaGrange and Stillman, 3-0, and LaGrange defeated Stillman, 3-1.

The Panthers are on the road next weekend, traveling to Atlanta for the Doc Partin Classic, hosted by No. 2 Emory, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10.

2011 McK Attack All-Tournament Team
Shelby Moore - BSC (MVP)
Presley Dickson - BSC
Lauren Reibe - BSC
Paige Eslinger - Piedmont
Ashton Nash - Piedmont
Crystal Colvin - LaGrange
Abby Brown - Huntingdon