BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After winning the first set 25-22, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team fell to Berry 3-1 Friday evening in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers fall to 14-9 overall and 9-4 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Vikings move to 19-5 overall and 12-1 in the SAA, sitting firmly atop the league standings.
In set one Berry pulled out 5-1 to start but BSC put together an 8-2 run to pull ahead 9-7. The Panthers stayed ahead until the Vikings tied it up twice, after which BSC scored four straight points to pull ahead 17-13. BSC led 19-17 at which point Berry scored three straight to pull ahead 20-19, and the teams traded points after that before the Panthers eventually won 25-22 on a kill by freshman Mollie Peavy.
Set two was even closer, with neither team leading by more than four and the teams trading points again down the stretch before the Vikings put it away on a kill by setter Stephanie Quinn, 28-26.
Berry dominated the third set, going up 7-2 and never looking back, eventually winning 25-11. Set four was another close one, though, with Berry leading almost the whole way, but never by more than three. The Vikings won 25-22 on a kill by Katie O'Rourke.
Senior Shelby Moore led the Panthers with 15 kills, while sophomore Meredith Lee added 12 and sophomore Kelly Foster recorded 10. Senior setter Lauren Reibe led with 43 assists, and senior libero Presley Dickson led with 20 digs. Freshman Katie McCormack also had 19 digs.
"I thought we played really well tonight," Head Coach Judy Green said. "We did a nice job of extending rallies and winning long rallies. We had a few unfortunate plays that didn't go our way, and a couple of those kind of changed the rhythm of the match. But overall our effort tonight was outstanding. We stuck with the game plan that we wanted to use and I think we made Berry uncomfortable at times. We just needed to do a little bit more of that."
BSC is at home again tomorrow, facing Oglethorpe at 11 a.m. for Senior Day. Prior to the match, seniors Reibe, Dickson, Moore, and Alex Pappas will be honored.