BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After dropping the first two sets, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team came back to send the match to five, but lost to league-leading Hendrix, 3-2, Saturday afternoon in Bill Battle Coliseum.
The Panthers fell to 15-3 overall and 6-2 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Warriors moved to 14-6 overall and remained unbeaten at 8-0 in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- All three sets were competitive, with Hendrix winning 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 22-25, 15-12.
- Neither team led by more than three in the first set, with the teams playing to several ties and the lead changing hands multiple times before the Warriors won by two.
- Set two was close through the first half, with the teams playing to a 14-14 tie before the Warriors scored five straight points to pull ahead 19-14; Hendrix maintained the lead after that, winning by six.
- BSC stormed back in the third set, using an 8-1 run after the 7-7 mark to pull ahead 15-8. Hendrix cut it back to three, 16-13, but the Panthers ended on a 9-4 run to win and cut the match score to 2-1.
- The fourth set was back-and-forth nearly the whole way. With the Warriors leading 18-15, BSC proceeded to use a 7-1 run to pull ahead 22-19, but Hendrix scored three straight to tie it up at 22-22. The Panthers answered with three straight points of their own, culminating in a kill by junior Laura Van Peursem to send the match to the fifth set.
- BSC pulled out to a 7-3 lead in the deciding set, but Hendrix put together an 8-1 run to pull ahead 11-8. The Panthers battled back to tie it up at 11-11, but the Warriors out-scored BSC 4-1 after that to clinch the victory.
- The match featured several long rallies and ended with five players recording double-digit kills and 11 players posting double-digit digs.
- Senior libero Lauren Bedford posted 31 digs, moving to second place on the BSC all-time list with 1,538. Jennifer McKanna, who played from 2007-2010, owns the career record with 2,067 digs.
- Freshman Jeneva Salter led with 20 kills, and freshman Marjorie Ward had 17.
- Ward posted a double-double with 21 digs as well.
- Senior setter Katie McCormack also had a double-double with 51 assists and 14 digs.
- Sophomore Rylee Segrest and freshman Melaina Hissam were also in double digits in digs with 23 and 15, respectively.
- Van Peursem had seven blocks at the net.
- BSC is at home again tomorrow, hosting Rhodes and Agnes Scott at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.