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Volleyball gains momentum with 3-0 sweep of Covenant College

Lauren Reibe

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team won its fourth straight match, Wednesday, with a 3-0 win against Covenant College in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 10-12, while the Scots fall to 11-6.

The first set was close the whole way through, with neither team leading by more than two at any point in the set. BSC was down 25-24 near the end but managed to claim the last three straight points on a kill by freshman Kelly Foster, a block by junior Shelby Moore, and a ball handling error by Covenant to win 27-25.

The Scots came out strong in the second set, scoring the first three points and staying a few points ahead of the Panthers until the 15-11 mark, after which BSC came alive and put together an incredible 14-1 run to win the set, 25-16.

The third set started out with Covenant going up 5-2, after which the Panthers went on a 6-1 run to go up 8-6. The teams stayed close for several rallies after that until BSC scored four straight points to go up 14-11, prompting a time out by the Scots. The teams traded points after that point before BSC began to pull away down the stretch, going up 22-17 before eventually winning 25-19.

Moore led all players with 16 kills and hit .424, while sophomore Alex Bothe recorded 12 kills and 12 digs for a double-double. Junior setter Lauren Reibe had 42 assists and nine digs, and junior libero Presley Dickson recorded a game-high 24 digs.

For Covenant, Jessie Jakes and Erica Adams led with 10 kills apiece, with Jakes posting a double-double with 12 digs as well. Kristin Dahlstrand led with 24 assists, and Estes Carlson and Paige Cheney had 15 and 13 digs, respectively. Kait Glass led at the net with five blocks - two solo and three assisted.

"We overcame a little bit of a slow start in the first set, but winning that set certainly gave us momentum for the rest of the match," Head Coach Judy Green said. "Our execution at the end of the first set was outstanding. Lauren [Reibe] got the ball to the right hitter in the right situation, and our hitters did a good job of terminating the ball.

"I think the most significant factor in the match tonight was our ability to serve and basically take Covenant's best hitter out of the offensive," Green continued. "Lauren's 11-point run in the second set really took them out of their serve receive offense.

"Covenant is a very good team, that was a quality opponent. We certainly played better this Wednesday than last Wednesday at home," Green concluded, referring to last Wednesday's home loss to Martin Methodist.

The Panthers are on the road this weekend, traveling to San Antonio for the SCAC East/West Divisional, where they will face host Trinity University and University of Dallas on Saturday, and Austin College and No. 9 Southwestern University on Sunday.