BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Rebounding from two straight losses on the road last weekend, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team returned home Friday evening and defeated Berry, 3-1, in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers move to 19-10 overall and 9-4 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Vikings fall to 14-12 overall and also are 9-4 in the SAA.
The first set was back-and-forth and stayed close until the 14-14 mark, after which BSC used an 11-4 run to win 25-18, capped off by a kill by sophomore Lynsie Byrd. The second set was a thriller, with neither team leading by more than a handful of points at any time. Down the stretch, the Panthers led 24-21 before Berry scored five straight points to win 26-24 and split the match at 1-1.
BSC won the third set, another one that stayed close for the duration, 25-21 on a kill by sophomore Laura Van Peursem. The Vikings came out on fire in the fourth set, however, pulling out to a 10-1 lead and prompting a BSC time out. After that the Panthers put together an impressive comeback effort, using an 11-3 run to cut the lead to 13-12. Then, trailing 18-14, BSC scored six straight points to spark another 11-3 run to clinch the set, 25-21, and the match, 3-1.
Byrd led BSC with 19 kills and posted a double-double--her 14th of the season--with 16 digs. Senior Meredith Lee also recorded a double-double (her fifth) with 12 kills and 22 digs, as did junior setter Katie McCormack with 49 assists and 14 digs. Junior libero Lauren Bedford led the Panthers with 25 digs.