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October 20, 2012

Volleyball falls to Oglethorpe at home in five-set heartbreaker

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team lost at home again today, falling in five sets to Oglethorpe in Bill Battle Coliseum on Senior Day.

The Panthers fall to 14-10 overall and 9-5 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Stormy Petrels move to 6-11 overall and 2-11 in the SAA.

Seniors Presley Dickson, Shelby Moore, Alexis Pappas, and Lauren Reibe were honored in a pregame ceremony.

Oglethorpe won the first set today 25-23, and it was close the whole way, with neither team ever leading by more than four and the teams playing to six ties, including 22-22 and 23-23 ties down the stretch before the Petrels put it away on a kill by Erin Shelton and a BSC attack error.

The Panthers won the second set 25-19. It started close again but BSC used several mini point runs to steadily pull ahead, going up 13-8 and then 20-12 and 22-14. Oglethorpe scored four straight points after that to cut it to 22-18, but the Panthers out-scored the Petrels 3-1 after that to win on a kill by sophomore Katie O'Bar.

OU came back to take a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-22 win in set three in yet another close one. BSC led 9-7 early but the Petrels used a five-point run to pull ahead 12-9. The Panthers were able to fight back and take a 17-15 lead later, and the rest of the set was back-and-forth. BSC cut it to 23-22 down the stretch but the Petrels scored the final two points on a ball handling error by the Panthers and then a kill by Ashley Haislip.

BSC came back and tied the match up again with a 25-18 win in the fourth set. Once again the opening points were close, and OU pulled out to a 9-6 lead before the Panthers scored nine unanswered points to take a 15-9 lead. BSC would never trail again in the set, and eventually won on a block by Moore and Reibe.

The Petrels came out strong in the final set, going up 4-0 and then 6-1. The Panthers were able to cut it to two, twice, but the Petrels stayed just out of reach and eventually won 15-10 on a Shelton kill.

Moore led BSC with 17 kills and committed only two errors, hitting .441 for the match, and also led with four blocks. O'Bar and sophomore Meredith Lee also recorded 11 and 10 kills, respectively, and Reibe led with 46 assists. Dickson led with 21 digs, followed by freshman Katie McCormack with 20.

BSC is at home again this Thursday, Oct. 25, facing in-state rival Huntingdon at 7 p.m. in the last home match of the season.