September 22, 2013

Volleyball splits at home

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team played twice at home today, falling to Hendrix 3-1 before sweeping Agnes Scott 3-0 in Bill Battle Coliseum. BSC moves to 11-2 overall and 1-2 in the Southern Athletic Association.

The Panthers lost to Hendrix in four sets, losing the first set 25-20. Hendrix used a 7-1 run after BSC was up 15-14 to take control of the set and go up 21-16. The Panthers were able to cut it to 23-20 before the Warriors scored two straight points to end the set on a block by Carson Hunter and Jen Karnes.

BSC won the second set 25-19. After BSC pulled ahead 8-5, Hendrix responded with four straight points to take back the lead. The teams traded points after that, playing to four ties before the Panthers steadily pulled back up by four, and out-scored the Warriors 5-2 down the stretch to put the set away on a kill by junior Meredith Lee to split the match score at 1-1.

Hendrix opened the third set strong, going up 8-3 before the Panthers clawed back with four straight points and then kept it close the rest of the way. The teams played to 10 ties after that before the Warriors won 26-24 on a kill by MC Rogers to pull ahead 2-1 in the match.

The Warriors controlled the fourth set from the beginning, going up 5-1 and never trailing, eventually winning 25-18 on a Panther error to win the match 3-1.

Junior Kathleen Pfitzer led the Panthers with 12 kills and hit .391, while Lee had 11 kills. Sophomore setters Emily Dang and Caitlin Lee split time at the position; Dang recorded 24 assists and Lee had 22. Junior libero Lauren Bedford led with 22 digs, and senior Alex Bothe had 13. Junior Katie O'Bar led at the net with four blocks.

For Hendrix, Rogers led with 20 kills, hitting .327, Allison Gaia led with 20 assists, and Ella Concavage-Nasar led with 15 digs.

In the second match of the day against Agnes Scott, BSC won in three sets. The first set was dominated by the Panthers, who pulled out to a 10-3 lead and never looked back, cruising to a 25-10 win.

The second and third sets were closer, with the Scotties achieving their first lead of the match when they pulled ahead 11-10 and then 12-10. The Panthers responded with seven straight points to go up 17-12, but ASC rallied back to cut it to 17-16. BSC took control down the stretch, though, out-scoring the Scotties 8-3 to win 25-19 on a kill by freshman Yorisha Bryant.

Agnes Scott opened the third set by going up 5-2, prompting a seven-point run by the Panthers to go up 9-5. The Scotties would cut the lead back to one, twice, at the 13-12 and 14-13 marks before BSC used an 8-2 run to go up 22-15, and the Panthers ultimately won the set, 25-19, and the match on a kill by freshman Caroline Hyde.

Freshman Lynsie Byrd led BSC with seven kills, while sophomore setter Caitlin Lee led with 19 assists. Sophomore Katie McCormack also had 10 assists, and senior libero Sarassa Burrus recorded 12 digs.

Lauren Aikens led the Scotties with eight kills, hitting .357, Shakirah Dodson led with 16 assists, and Natali Rendon led with eight digs.

The Panthers are on the road for their next three matches, traveling to face conference rival Centre and Hanover next Saturday, Sept. 28, in Danville, Ky., and then Sewanee next Sunday, Sept. 29, in Sewanee, Tenn. BSC returns home on Saturday, Oct. 5, and Sunday, Oct. 6, hosting Berry and Oglethorpe.