Volleyball moves to 6-0 with two Friday wins

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team remained unbeaten with two wins today in the McAttack Bash, hosted by BSC in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The Panthers defeated LeTourneau University and Victory University, both 3-0, and are now 6-0 on the year. Not only has BSC not lost a match, but it has also won every match by the score of 3-0.

BSC defeated LeTourneau by the scores of 25-17, 25-19, 25-17. In the first set against the Yellow Jackets, the teams kept it close, playing to a 13-13 tie before the Panthers used a 9-1 run to go up 22-14 and essentially put the match away. A kill by junior Meredith Lee was the set-winning point.

BSC pulled out to a 10-3 lead to open the second set and would never trail, winning on a service error by LeTourneau, and BSC never trailed in the third set, either, winning the match on a kill by junior Kelly Foster.

Junior Katie O'Bar led the team with 10 kills, hitting .533, and five blocks. Sophomores Emily Dang and Katie McCormack split time at setter, recording 18 and 12 assists, respectively, and sophomore libero Lauren Bedford led with 20 digs.

Against Victory University, coached by former University of Alabama standout Crystal Hudson, who played under BSC Head Coach Judy Green, the Panthers won 25-10, 25-21, 26-24. BSC won the first set easily, pulling ahead 14-5 and then 23-7 before winning on two kills by sophomore Mollie Peavy.

The Panthers pulled out to a 5-1 lead in the second set and it looked like it would be a replay of the first set, but the Eagles kept things interesting and clawed back to within a point of BSC before finally tying it up 12-12. BSC scored four straight to pull back ahead, and Victory responded with four straight as well for a 16-16 tie. The teams traded points after that, with the Eagles pulling ahead 19-18, but a 5-0 run by the Panthers put BSC back up 23-19. Victory scored twice more, cutting it to 23-21, but the Panthers scored twice—courtesy of a McCormack kill and a Victory attack error—to win the set and pull ahead 2-0 in the match.

Set three was even closer and more exciting. Victory pulled out to an 8-4 lead, and BSC responded with six straight points to pull ahead 10-8. The Panthers were able to hang on to a slim lead until the Eagles cut it to 22-21 down the stretch, after which the teams traded points twice before Victory scored two in a row to tie it up 24-24. A kill from senior Alex Bothe put the Panthers up 25-24, and an Eagle attack error was the match-deciding point, giving BSC the 3-0 win.

Bothe led all players with 12 kills and hit .474, while Bedford led with 16 digs. Dang recorded 23 assists and McCormack had 15.

"I thought we played with a lot of maturity today," Green said. "The sets were closer than what we've seen and we maintained our composure, allowing us to execute well at the end of close sets."

The Panthers are back in action tomorrow, taking on LaGrange at 1 p.m. followed by pool play in which they will play in either the 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. match.