CONWAY, Ark.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team moved to 2-0 in Southern Athletic Association action today with a 3-0 sweep of Hendrix College on the road.
The Panthers move to 6-4 overall on the season; the Warriors now stand at 3-8 overall and 1-2 in the SAA.
In the first set, Hendrix pulled out to a 5-2 lead before the Panthers proceeded to out-score the Warriors 7-1 to take a 9-6 lead, prompting a Hendrix timeout. BSC kept attacking and went on a 6-1 run after that, pulling ahead 15-7 and causing Hendrix to use its second timeout. BSC stayed well-ahead of Hendrix, going up 21-10, although the Warriors scored four straight after that to cut it to 21-14. The teams traded points, playing to a score of 24-16 in favor of BSC, and the Warriors rallied with four straight points to cut it to 24-20 before a kill by sophomore Kelly Foster won the set, 25-20.
Set two was much closer to start, with the teams trading points. BSC was able to pull ahead by four several times, but Hendrix always cut the lead back, staying within four for the duration. Down the stretch, the Warriors were within three at 23-20 before the Panthers scored the final two points of the set on another kill by Foster and a service ace by senior Shelby Moore to win 25-20.
In set three, BSC led 5-2 to open play before Hendrix scored seven straight points to pull ahead 9-5. The Warriors maintained the lead until the Panthers pulled even at the 15-15 mark. The teams traded points, and then BSC used a 7-0 run to pull ahead 23-16. Hendrix scored twice more, cutting it to 23-18, but a kill by sophomore Meredith Lee and a Warrior attack error won the set for the Panthers, 25-18, and the match, 3-0.
Lee led all players with 13 kills, and had only one error in 23 attempts for a .522 attack percentage. Junior Alex Bothe recorded 11 kils, and senior Lauren Reibe led with assists. Freshman Lauren Bedford led the BSC defense with 14 digs, and sophomore Katie O'Bar led with three blocks (one solo, two assisted).
The Panthers continue SAA play tomorrow in Memphis, Tenn., facing Rhodes at 11 a.m. BSC will also take on former conference rival Austin College at 1 p.m. in Memphis tomorrow.