Volleyball sweeps Sewanee in SAA quarterfinal

Laura Van Peursem (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Laura Van Peursem (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

CONWAY, Ark.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team handed Sewanee a 3-0 defeat in the quarterfinals of the Southern Athletic Association Championship, Friday evening in Conway, Ark.

The second-seeded Panthers moved to 23-4, while the seventh-seeded Tigers fell to 10-15 to end their season.


  • BSC won by the scores of 25-14, 25-12, 25-15.
  • The first set was close until BSC led 10-8, after which the Panthers used an 8-0 run to pull up 18-8; the teams traded points after that, leading to a 25-14 victory for BSC.
  • The Panthers opened the second set by going up 6-1, but the Tigers battled back to cut it to 7-6; after that, BSC used an 11-1 run to go up 18-7 before winning by 13.
  • BSC pulled out to a 10-2 lead in the third set and then led 20-10 before Sewanee cut it to 20-15; the Panthers finished the set and the match on a 4-1 run.


  • Freshman Jeneva Salter, who was named SAA Newcomer of the Year earlier today, along with junior Laura Van Peursem led BSC with 11 kills apiece.
  • Van Peursem was impressive with no attack errors for a .550 hitting percentage, and she also led at the net with four blocks.
  • Senior setter Katie McCormack, a First-Team All-Conference honoree, posted a match-high 34 assists.
  • Senior libero Lauren Bedford led all players with 23 digs, followed by freshman Marjorie Ward with 14 and freshman Melaina Hissam with 12.


  • The Panthers will face the winner of the match between No. 3 Berry and No. 6 Rhodes in the semifinals tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. CT.