SEGUIN, Texas – With two wins in day one of the Texas Lutheran Bulldog Classic, the Birmingham-Southern women's volleyball team improved to 20-5 overall, marking the Panthers fourth consecutive 20-win season. BSC defeated Concordia Texas 3-0 before battling it out with host Texas Lutheran to a 3-2 victory.
Ashley Dodson (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon HS) finished with two double-doubles.
The Panthers were led offensively by Dodson and Rebecca Erwin (Duluth, Ga./Duluth HS) on the day. Dodson finished with 21 kills, and Erwin picked up 20, respectively.
Rachel Lee (Montgomery, Ala./The Montgomery Academy) and Marjorie Ward (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park HS) split setting duties. Lee earned a team-high 47 assists in the two matches, while Ward finished with 34.
Caroline Johnson (Lucas, Texas/Lovejoy HS) continued to be a dominant defensive force for the Panthers. She picked up a team-high 33 digs on the day, with Ward right behind her at 30 digs, respectively.
After winning the first two sets against Concordia Texas (25-14, 25-19), the Panthers found themselves down 20-24 in the third set. Johnson served seven straight points to secure the win.
Dodson earned a match-high 11 kills and 10 digs.
BSC was down 2-1 against Texas Lutheran and trailed most of the fourth set when they rallied back to tie it at 23-all. The teams would then swap match points until Johnson served again. An attack error by Texas Lutheran put the Panthers on match point for the third time and Laura Van Peursem (Huntsville, Ala./The Randolph School) put it away with a kill to force the decisive fifth set.
There were nine ties and three lead changes in the final set before the Panthers took the lead for the last time on a kill by Ward. It was Johnson again at the service line when another Texas Lutheran attack error put the Panthers on set point to win the match. Van Peursem put the ball away again after a timeout for the win and BSC completed the comeback.
There were three double-doubles in the victory. Ward finished with 25 assists and 24 digs, Lee had a team-high 35 assists and 12 digs, and Dodson earned 10 kills and 18 digs.
The Panthers close out the classic with two more matches tomorrow, Oct. 29. They face Sul Ross State at noon and then East Texas Baptist at 4 p.m.