Volleyball goes 3-1 at Washington and Lee Invitational

Volleyball goes 3-1 at Washington and Lee Invitational

LEXINGTON, Va.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team moved to 6-2 on the season this weekend with a 3-1 showing at the Washington and Lee Invitational, Friday and Saturday in Lexington, Va.

On Friday, the Panthers defeated Southern Virginia in five sets before falling to the host Generals 3-0. Today, BSC downed Marietta 3-0 and upset Roanoke 3-2 to hand the Maroons their first loss of the season.

Against Southern Virginia, BSC dropped the first two sets 25-23 and 27-25 before rallying to win the third set, 25-15, and fourth, 25-23. The fifth and deciding set was also close with the Panthers winning 15-13. Sophomore Lynsie Byrd led with 17 kills and recorded a double-double with 15 digs, while senior Kathleen Pfitzer also had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs, as did junior setter Katie McCormack with 50 assists and 10 digs. Junior libero Lauren Bedford had 29 digs and senior Meredith Lee also added 11 digs.

In the loss to Washington and Lee, the score was close in the first two sets, with the Generals squeaking by 26-24 and 25-23 before winning the third set 25-18. Byrd led with 10 kills and posted another double-double with 11 digs, McCormack led with 24 assists, and Bedford led with 13 digs.

Today against Marietta, BSC won 25-18, 25-18, and 25-22. Byrd led again with a double-double of 12 kills and 11 digs, McCormack had a game-high 26 assists, and Bedford led with 15 digs.

BSC's win against Roanoke was a five-set thriller, with the Panthers winning the first 25-22, then Roanoke winning 25-17. BSC followed that with a 25-17 win, and the Maroons won the fourth set to even it up, 25-19. The deciding set was back-and-forth the whole time, with BSC eventually winning 15-12 on a kill by Meredith Lee. Byrd led for the fourth straight match with 19 kills and put up yet another double-double with 17 digs. McCormack also posted another double-double with 40 assists and 10 digs, while Bedford had 17 digs and Lee had 13. Pfitzer also recorded 12 kills in the match.

Lee and McCormack were both named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Panthers travel to Atlanta next weekend to play in the Emory Classic, facing Bowdoin and Randolph-Macon on Friday, and Transylvania and No. 20 Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday.