SEWANEE, Tenn.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team dropped a five-set heartbreaker to conference foe Sewanee on the road, Saturday at Juhan Gymnasium in Sewanee, Tenn.
The Panthers fell to 18-9 overall and 8-3 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Tigers moved to 7-15 overall and 3-8 in the SAA.
Sewanee took the first set after a hard-fought back-and-forth battle, 25-22, out-scoring BSC 5-1 down the stretch for the win. The Panthers bounced back with a 25-17 win in the second set, going up 6-0 to start and never trailing.
Set three was another close one to start, before BSC used a series of small runs to expand the lead and win 25-18, but the Tigers tied the match up with a 25-23 win in the fourth set.
Things started out close again in the fifth set, but with Sewanee leading 10-8, the Tigers proceeded to out-score BSC 5-1 to win the set, 15-9, and the match.
Senior Meredith Lee led the Panthers with 15 kills and also recorded 21 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Senior Kathleen Pfitzer also notched a double-double, her third of the year, with 14 kills and 10 digs, as did sophomore Lynsie Byrd with 11 kills and 19 digs for her 13th double-double this season. Junior setter Katie McCormack recorded 46 assists, and junior libero Lauren Bedford led the team 29 digs. Pfitzer also led at the net with six blocks.
The Panthers stay on the road, traveling north to Danville, Ky., to face Centre tomorrow at 11 a.m. Central.