BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Playing the first home match of the season as well as the Southern Athletic Association opener, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team won its eighth straight match Wednesday evening, defeating Millsaps 3-0 in Bill Battle Coliseum.
BSC moved to 8-1 on the season, while the Majors fell to 4-6.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BSC won by the scores of 25-16, 25-18, 25-23.
- The Panthers opened the match on a tear, pulling up 13-0 to start the first set.
- BSC led 23-11 and looked to put the set away easily, but the Majors scored five straight points to cut it to 23-16 before the Panthers scored the final two points to win.
- The Panthers pulled out to an 11-4 lead to start the second set before Millsaps scored five straight to cut it to 11-9; the teams traded points after that, with the Majors never able to catch up with BSC.
- The third set was a different story, with Millsaps leading 7-5 early and then pulling out to a 20-15 lead.
- The Panthers' offense took over after that point, scoring three straight to cut it to 20-18. After another Millsaps point, BSC scored four straight to pull ahead 22-21 for the first lead since the 9-8 mark.
- The Majors tied it up, but two Millsaps attack errors put BSC up by two, 24-22, for match point. Millsaps scored once more on a BSC attack error before the Panthers put it away on a block by senior Katie McCormack and junior Caroline Hyde.
- Freshman Jeneva Salter led BSC with 12 kills and hit .286. She has led the Panthers in kills in all nine matches so far this season.
- McCormack posted 28 assists.
- Senior Lauren Bedford led the defense with 16 digs, followed by freshman Melaina Hissam with 14.
- Hyde led with four blocks.
- Millsaps' Ashley Zamjahn and Olivia Kleyer led their team with 14 and 13 kills, respectively, with Zamjahn posting a double-double with 19 digs as well.
- "I'm really happy about winning our first conference match, especially at home," Head Coach Jeff White said. "One of our goals this season is to go undefeated in the SAA at home. I'm also extremely satisfied with our performance late in the match. Out-scoring Millsaps 10-3 down the stretch, to avoid a fourth set, was really impressive. The team never gave up and I could not be prouder."
- The Panthers are at home for two more matches this weekend, hosting No. 17 Berry on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Oglethorpe on Sunday at 11 a.m.