Panthers fall to No. 2 Emory in NCAA Regional semifinal

Mollie Peavy (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Mollie Peavy (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

MOUNT BERRY, Ga.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team saw its season come to an end Friday afternoon, losing to No. 2 Emory, 3-1, in the semifinal round of the NCAA Regional in Mount Berry, Ga.

The Panthers fell to 25-6, while the Eagles moved to 34-3 and will face Hendrix, the second seed in the regional, tomorrow.

It was the second meeting between BSC and Emory this season, with the Panthers falling to the Eagles in the season opener, 3-0, on Sept. 1. Emory was ranked second in the nation at that time as well.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • BSC lost by the scores of 13-25, 25-23, 21-25, 23-25.
  • Emory was dominant in the first set; after the score was tied at 7-7, the Eagles used a 9-1 run to pull ahead 16-8, and ended the set on a 7-1 run to win by 12.
  • BSC opened the second set in strong fashion, pulling out to an 11-4 lead before Emory fought back with six straight points to cut it to 11-10; the rest of the set was back-and-forth, with BSC leading 23-20, and the Eagles responding by tying it up 23-23, before the Panthers scored twice to even the match at 1-1.
  • After a close start in the third set, Emory pulled ahead by a few points and never trailed; the Panthers stayed on the Eagles' heels, even cutting it to 22-20 down the stretch, but Emory finished on a 3-1 run.
  • Set four was another close one, with the teams trading leads several times; with Emory leading 19-17 late in the set, the Panthers put together a 6-1 run to pull ahead 23-20, but the Eagles came back with five straight points to win by two.

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