Volleyball completes weekend sweep with wins over Piedmont, Lakeland at Emory Invitational

Volleyball completes weekend sweep with wins over Piedmont, Lakeland at Emory Invitational

ATLANTA, Ga.—With wins over Piedmont College and Lakeland College, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team went 4-0 this weekend at the Emory Invitational and moved to 7-1 on the season.

The Panthers have now won seven straight matches after dropping the season opener to No. 2 Emory, who is now ranked first in the nation.

HOW IT HAPPENED VS. PIEDMONT

  • BSC won 3-0 against the Lions, winning 25-23, 25-12, 25-17.
  • The lead changed hands several times in the first set, and Piedmont pulled ahead 23-21 down the stretch, but BSC rattled off four straight points to get the come-from-behind win.
  • BSC raced out to a 9-3 lead in the second set, and stayed ahead of the Lions the rest of the way. After Piedmont cut it to 10-8, the Panthers scored fight straight points to spark a 15-4 run to close the set.
  • Set three was similar to the second, with BSC leading the whole way. The Lions managed to cut it to 9-8 at one point before the Panthers used a 9-0 run to pull up 18-8, eventually winning by eight.

STAT LEADERS VS. PIEDMONT

HOW IT HAPPENED VS. LAKELAND

  • BSC won by the scores of 25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 25-20.
  • The Panthers had little trouble with the Muskies in the first set, pulling out to an 8-0 lead and never trailing before winning by 10.
  • The second set was a different story, with Lakeland opening on a 6-1 run and leading until the 20-18 mark, after which BSC scored five straight to pull ahead 23-20. The teams traded points after that, with the Panthers winning on a Hyde kill.
  • The third set was back-and-forth up until the 15-14 mark. With BSC leading by one, the Muskies went on a 6-0 run to pull ahead 20-15. The Panthers were able to cut it to 20-18, but Lakeland out-scored BSC 5-1 down the stretch to win the set.
  • In the fourth set, after several lead changes, the Muskies pulled out to a 16-11 advantage. The Panthers responded with eight straight points to go up 19-16, and hung on to the lead for the remainder, winning by five.

STAT LEADERS VS. LAKELAND

  • Salter posted a match-high 18 kills and hit .259.
  • McCormack posted another double-double with 36 assists and 16 digs.
  • Bedford led again with 19 digs, followed by sophomore Rylee Segrest with 18. Ward and Collins posted 13 digs each.
  • Hyde led again with four blocks.

ALL-TOURNAMENT ACCOLADES

  • Salter and McCormack were named to the Emory Invitational All-Tournament Team for their stellar play over the Panthers' four matches.

UP NEXT

  • BSC opens its home slate this Wednesday, Sept. 16, as well as Southern Athletic Association play, hosting Millsaps at 6 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.