Volleyball sweeps No. 17 Berry, 3-0

photo by Jimmy Mitchell
photo by Jimmy Mitchell

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team picked up a big win at home Saturday afternoon, sweeping 17th-ranked Berry, 3-0, in Bill Battle Coliseum.

The win moves the Panthers to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Athletic Association, extending their win streak to nine matches after dropping the season opener to top-ranked Emory. The Vikings fall to 8-3 overall and 0-1 in the SAA.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • BSC won by the scores of 25-15, 25-19, 25-23.
  • The teams battled to open the first set, playing to several ties and lead changes leading up to the 14-14 mark.
  • The Panthers took over after that, scoring four straight points and using an 11-1 run to end the set with the 25-15 win.
  • Both teams used short scoring runs in the second set to pull ahead by a handful of points on both sides of the net.
  • The end of the set played out in similar fashion to the first, though; holding a 19-18 advantage, BSC proceeded to use a 6-1 run to win 25-19 and pull ahead 2-0 in the match.
  • The third set was a thriller, with neither team leading by more than two at any point.
  • Trailing 20-18, BSC fought back and used a 7-3 scoring run to win, with the match-winning point coming off a big kill from junior Caroline Hyde.

NOTABLE

  • Freshman Jeneva Salter led BSC for the 10th straight match, recording nine kills.
  • Freshman Marjorie Ward was close behind with eight kills, hitting .364 for the match with no errors.
  • Senior setter Katie McCormack led all players with 27 assists.
  • Senior libero Lauren Bedford led with a match-high 16 digs.
  • Hyde finished with six kills and hit .667, and also posted seven blocks.
  • Senior Mollie Peavy also posted six blocks.

QUOTABLE

  • "This was obviously a huge win for us," Head Coach Jeff White said. "Berry is a great conference rival and I'm so proud of the effort our girls put in to beat them today. I'm sure it will be a tough match when we play them again at their place."

UP NEXT

  • BSC is at home again tomorrow, facing Oglethorpe at 11 a.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.