CONWAY, Ark.—Breaking a nine-match win streak, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team fell on the road to Hendrix, 3-0, Saturday in Conway, Ark.
The Panthers fall to 16-7 overall and 7-2 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Warriors move to 20-4 overall and are also now 7-2 in the SAA. BSC, Hendrix, and Berry are now tied atop the league standings. BSC and Hendrix split this season, with BSC defeating Hendrix, 3-1, Sept. 27 in Birmingham.
The Warriors won all three sets today fairly easily. Hendrix pulled out to a quick 10-2 lead in the first set, and the closest BSC would come was cutting it to 15-11 before the Warriors won 25-17 on a BSC attack error.
The second set started out much closer, with the teams playing to a 7-7 tie before Hendrix pulled ahead slightly and stayed a step ahead of BSC the rest of the way. Although the Panthers were able to cut the lead to one a couple of times, the Warriors maintained the advantage. With Hendrix holding an 18-17 lead, the Warriors proceeded to out-score BSC 7-2 to win 25-19.
BSC pulled out to a quick lead in the third set, going up 6-3 before Hendrix used a 6-2 run to go up 9-7. The Panthers were able to tie it up at the 10-10 mark, but Hendrix pulled back ahead, going up 18-16 and then using another 7-2 run to end the set and the match with a 25-18 win.
Sophomore Lynsie Byrd led BSC with nine kills, hitting .214, although as a team the Panthers struggled offensively, hitting only .065 while the Warriors hit .266. Junior setter Katie McCormack led with 26 assists, and junior libero had a team-high 14 digs.
BSC stays on the road tomorrow, traveling to Memphis to take on Rhodes at 1 p.m.