MOUNT BERRY, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team suffered its first conference loss, falling to Berry College, 3-0, Saturday afternoon in the Cage Center.
The Panthers fall to 10-6 overall and 5-1 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Vikings move to 12-3 overall and 6-1 in the SAA.
In the first set the teams were back-and-forth, staying within a couple points of each other nearly the whole way. Berry pulled ahead slightly down the stretch; with the Vikings leading 17-15, Berry proceeded to out-score the Panthers 8-4 to finish the set with a 25-19 win.
Set two begin in a similar fashion, but Berry pulled ahead sooner, using a 9-3 run after BSC led 9-7 to take an 18-10 lead and never looked back, eventually winning 25-17 to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set was the closest, with the teams almost literally trading points to play to an 8-8 tie to start. BSC began to pull ahead after that, scoring two points for every one of Berry's to go up 14-10, but the Vikings fought back to tie it up 16-16 before pulling ahead with three straight points, 19-16. Berry pulled ahead 23-18, but the Panthers tried to rally, scoring three straight times to cut it to 23-21 before the Vikings were able to score twice more and win, 25-21.
"We simply got out-played in every aspect of the game," Head Coach Judy Green said. "Our preparation was not good enough today and that is my responsibility as the head coach of this team. It was a disappointing loss to say the least."
The Panthers continue SAA action tomorrow in Atlanta, facing Oglethorpe at 1 p.m. Eastern.