Volleyball opens home action this weekend

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team will open its home schedule this weekend in Bill Battle Coliseum, facing Southern Athletic Association rivals Sewanee, Saturday at 4 p.m., and Centre, Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

The Panthers stand at 8-4 on the season and 3-0 in the SAA. BSC and Centre lead the conference standings, both at 3-0.

BSC has won its last four straight matches, defeating Millsaps, Hendrix, Rhodes and Austin College last week. Senior middle blocker Shelby Moore was named SAA Offensive Player of the Week after averaging 3.14 kills per set with a .376 attack percentage.

Both matches this weekend will feature a live game tracker and live video streaming, available at livestats.prestosports.com/bsc.

Saturday's match against Sewanee will be the first-ever SAA event on BSC's campus, and will be commemorated as the "official" on-campus SAA launch. Promotional fliers about the league will be distributed and public address announcements will highlight the conference's eight member institutions throughout the contest.

"We're excited to have this opportunity to celebrate the formation of this outstanding league on each of our eight members' campuses," said SAA commissioner Jay Gardiner. "We've looked forward to this date since the league was officially formed in the summer of 2011."

Committed to fostering athletic competition and cooperation among academically selective, residential liberal arts colleges located in the southeast, the SAA was created by the Council of Presidents in June 2011. Spanning six states, the SAA includes Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, Centre College in Kentucky, Hendrix College in Arkansas, Millsaps College in Mississippi, Oglethorpe University and Berry College in Georgia, and Rhodes College and Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee.