Volleyball closes out home slate with 3-1 win against in-state rival Huntingdon

Volleyball closes out home slate with 3-1 win against in-state rival Huntingdon

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team wrapped up its home schedule with a 3-1 victory against in-state rival Huntingdon, Thursday night in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers move to 15-10 on the season, while the Hawks fall to 13-14.

BSC won the first set 25-16, pulling ahead after a 9-9 tie by scoring four straight points. Huntingdon cut it to 15-14 after that, prompting seven unanswered points from the Panthers to take a 22-14 lead. BSC eventually won on a block by sophomores Kelly Foster and Katie O'Bar.

The Hawks came back to win the second set 25-23. After the teams played to a 13-13 tie, Huntingdon used a 6-1 run to go up 19-14. The Panthers fought back to tie it up 21-21 down the stretch, and cut it to 24-23 on set point, but the Hawks put it away on a kill by Abby Brown.

Huntingdon scored the first three points of the third set, but BSC went on to out-score the Hawks 9-1 to take a 9-4 lead and never looked back, eventually winning 25-10 on a service ace by freshman Emily Dang.

The Panthers led the entire fourth set as well, with the exception of a 3-3 tie early on, slowly pulling ahead to win 25-14 on a kill by senior Shelby Moore.

Moore led all players with 16 kills and hit .419 for the match, while freshman Katie McCormack posted a double-double with 11 kills and a team-high 17 digs. Dang led with 38 assists, and senior Presley Dickson recorded 11 digs and three service aces. Moore and O'Bar also had five blocks apiece.

"Tonight was a total team effort," Head Coach Judy Green said. "Probably the most exciting moment was to watch us battle so hard after losing set two, and how hard we played after that. There were a lot of firsts on the floor tonight for a lot of players. That was fun."

The Panthers close out the regular season this weekend in Memphis, Tenn., at the Rhodes Halloween Spookfest, facing Bridgewater State tomorrow at 5 p.m. and Centenary on Saturday at noon. BSC then travels to Rome, Ga., for the 2012 Southern Athletic Association Volleyball Championship, hosted by top-seeded Berry College, Nov. 2-4.