ATLANTA, Ga.—After battling to a 28-26 win in the first set, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team also won the next two sets for a 3-0 win against Oglethorpe, Saturday afternoon in Dorough Field House.
The Panthers move to 18-7 overall and 7-6 in the Southern Athletic Association; the Stormy Petrels fall to 5-15 overall and remain winless at 0-13 in the SAA.
The first set was a nail-biter, with neither team leading by more than three and the teams playing to 15 ties in the set, up to the 26-26 mark. BSC was able to put away two straight points after that, with kills by freshman Laura Van Peursem and junior Kelly Foster, for the 28-26 win.
The second set started out in similar fashion, with the teams staying close with each other. OU pulled ahead 12-9, after which BSC scored five straight points to pull back ahead. The Petrels tied it up at 14-14 before the Panthers scored three in a row to pull ahead for good. Although Oglethorpe stayed on BSC's heels, the Panthers stayed one step ahead, and then out-scored the Petrels 5-1 to end the set with a 25-20 win. Three of those five points came off kills from senior Alex Bothe.
Once again the third set started out close, although BSC kept a small lead up to the 10-8 mark. After that, BSC used a 9-3 run to pull up 19-11. The Petrels responded with three straight points to cut it to 19-14, but the Panthers rattled off six straight points to win the set, 25-14, and the match. Three of the final six points were off BSC blocks—three from Van Peursem, one from Bothe, and one from Foster.
Bothe led all players with 13 kills and hit .400 for the match. Junior Meredith Lee led all players with 16 digs, and sophomore libero Lauren Bedford recorded 13 digs. Sophomore setters Katie McCormack and Caitlin Lee recorded 18 and 13 assists, respectively, and Van Peursem and junior Katie O'Bar led at the net with four blocks each.
The Panthers wrap up the regular season conference slate tomorrow, facing league-leading Berry at 3 p.m. Eastern in Rome, Ga.