CONWAY, Ark.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team saw its quest for the 2015 Southern Athletic Association title come to an end today as Hendrix defeated the Panthers for the second straight year in the conference final.
The Panthers fell to 24-5, while the Warriors moved to 25-8 with their second straight conference title. Hendrix will receive the SAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, while BSC will find out on Monday at 10 a.m. CT whether or not they will receive an at-large bid. The online selection show can be found here.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Hendrix won by the scores of 25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 25-23.
- The first two sets were close the whole way; in the first set, Hendrix pulled ahead down the stretch, 24-19, and sat on set point until BSC cut it to 24-23, but a kill by Brianna Kelly put the Warriors up 1-0.
- In the second set, the Panthers led 18-17 after going back and forth to start the set and then proceeded to use a 7-2 run to even the match at 1-1.
- Hendrix was more dominant in the third, pulling out to a 22-13 lead before the Panthers made things interesting by using a 7-1 run to cut it to 23-20; Hendrix put away the final two points, however, to pull ahead in the match by one.
- The fourth set was another close one, with neither team leading by four at any time; down the stretch, with the Warriors leading 22-20, BSC managed to take the lead with three straight points, but a kill by Sara Dyslin and two straight Warrior blocks put the match away for Hendrix.
- Freshman Jeneva Salter, who was voted the SAA Newcomer of the Year, led all players with 20 kills.
- Junior Caroline Hyde posted 10 kills as well as four blocks.
- Senior setter Katie McCormack recorded a match-high 48 assists.
- Senior libero Lauren Bedford led BSC with 22 digs, followed by sophomore Rylee Segrest with 15 and freshmen Melaina Hissam and Marjorie Ward with 14 apiece.
- Salter and McCormack were both named to the SAA All-Tournament Team.