Volleyball defeats Washington and Lee in four sets

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

MARYVILLE, Tenn.—In an exciting four-set match, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team defeated Washington and Lee, 3-1, Friday in Maryville, Tenn.

The Panthers moved to 1-1, while the Generals fell to 1-2. Washington and Lee was ranked third in the NCAA South Region at the end of the 2014 season, and played in the 2014 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship.


  • BSC jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first set and would never trail, winning 25-21 thanks in part to a .303 (15-5-33) attack percentage.
  • The Generals rallied to win set two, 27-25, in a close back-and-forth affair where neither team led by more than a few points and the teams played to several ties. The Panthers struggled offensively hitting .102 (12-7-49) while WLU hit .289 (19-6-45).
  • Although the Panthers pulled out to an 8-3 lead early in the third set, and then led 15-6, the Generals battled back to keep things close down the stretch. The teams played to five straight ties to the 22-22 mark before BSC pulled ahead 24-22. WLU put up one more point before a service error gave BSC the 25-23 win to pull ahead 2-1 in the match.
  • In the fourth set the Generals controlled the lead up to the 10-8 mark, after which the Panthers rattled off six straight points to pull ahead 14-10. WLU clawed its way back and the teams stayed close after the 20-20 mark, playing to a 28-28 tie before BSC put away the final two points to win the set, 30-28, and the match.



  • The Panthers play twice tomorrow, facing Lynchburg at 12 p.m. ET and host Maryville at 4 p.m. ET.