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Volleyball downs Berry in SAA semifinals, 3-1

photo by Jimmy Mitchell
photo by Jimmy Mitchell

CONWAY, Ark.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team defeated Berry, 3-1, Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the Southern Athletic Association Championship, hosted by Hendrix in Conway, Ark.

The Panthers moved to 24-4, while the Vikings fell to 24-7. Second-seeded BSC will now face top seed Hendrix in the championship match tomorrow at noon CT.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • BSC won by the scores of 25-19, 19-25, 25-18, 25-18.
  • BSC jumped out to a 9-1 lead to open the first set, but Berry battled back to pull ahead, going up 16-14 before the Panthers used a 10-3 run to close out the set, capped off by a kill from freshman Marjorie Ward.
  • Set two was close to begin, and BSC led 10-8 before Berry scored six straight points to pull up 14-10; after the Panthers clawed back to cut it to 16-15, the Vikings ended on a 9-4 run to even the match at 1-1.
  • The Panthers came out strong in the third set, pulling up 6-1 and then 12-4; BSC never relinquished the lead, eventually winning by seven on a kill by SAA Newcomer of the Year Jeneva Salter.
  • The fourth set was close up until the teams played to a 15-15 tie, after which BSC out-scored Berry 10-3 to win the set and the match, ultimately winning on another Salter kill.

NOTABLE

  • Salter recorded a match-high 19 kills, followed by junior Laura Van Peursem with 11.
  • Van Peursem posted her second-straight match with no attack errors, hitting .550 for the second straight match.
  • Senior setter Katie McCormack led with 43 assists and senior libero Lauren Bedford led with 27 digs.
  • Ward also posted 17 digs and sophomore Rylee Segrest had 16.
  • Junior Caroline Hyde led all players with a match-high seven blocks.

UP NEXT

  • Second-seeded BSC will now face top seed Hendrix in the championship match tomorrow at noon CT.