Volleyball rebounds with 3-1 win against Rhodes

Katie McCormack (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Katie McCormack (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team picked up a conference win on the road Sunday, rebounding from yesterday's loss to Hendrix with a 3-1 victory against Rhodes in Memphis, Tenn.

The Panthers move to 17-7 overall and 8-2 in the Southern Athletic Association, tied with Hendrix and Berry atop the standings. The Lynx fall to 4-16 overall and 0-10 in the SAA.

The first set was a complete blowout by BSC, as the Panthers defeated Rhodes 25-4, out-scoring the Lynx 23-2 after the score was tied at 2-2 early on.

Rhodes opened the second set by going up 3-0, but the Panthers responded with a 10-2 run to go up 10-5. The Lynx put together a run of their own after that, going 7-2 to tie it up at 12-12, but that was as close as they would come. BSC pulled back ahead and stayed ahead, winning 25-17.

The Lynx came back and kept things interesting in the third set, going up 4-1 to open and leading the entire time, using several short scoring runs to win 25-15 and force a fourth set.

Set four started similarly to set three, with the Lynx opening on a 4-1 tear and leading until the Panthers pulled ahead 9-8. The teams traded points and leads after that, with neither one leading by more than two until BSC pulled up 20-17. The Lynx cut it to 20-18 before the Panthers scored five straight, capped off by a kill from senior Kathleen Pfitzer, to win the set and the match.

Pfitzer led BSC with nine kills, and junior setter Katie McCormack led with a match-high 26 assists and recorded a double-double--her 10th of the season--with 13 digs. Sophomore Lynsie Byrd posted 20 digs, followed by junior libero Lauren Bedford with 19 and senior Meredith Lee with 10. Senior Katie O'Bar and sophomore Caroline Hyde led with three blocks apiece.

The Panthers return home this Tuesday, Oct. 14, taking a break from conference play to host No. 3 Emory at 5 p.m. and in-state rival Huntingdon at 7 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.