SEWANEE, Tenn.—On day two of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference East/Central Divisional, the Birmingham-Southern volleyball team lost to Millsaps, 3-2 (26-28, 20-25, 25-15, 25-22, 15-13), and No. 14 Colorado College, 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-18). The Panthers fall to 6-12 with the two losses.
BSC got off to a hot start against Millsaps, taking a commanding 2-0 lead to start the match. Led offensively by junior Shelby Moore, who finished with 22 kills and hit .310, and sophomore Alex Bothe with 15 kills, the Panthers looked ready to sweep the Majors. However, in set three Millsaps started on a 5-0 run and seized the momentum of the match. It took the Panthers until deep into set four before they regained the momentum. The teams traded points to start set five, until a late serving run by freshman Kelly Foster put the Panthers up 13-9. After a Millsaps time out, the Majors answered with six straight points to win the match.
"I was very proud of the way we came out in the first two sets and played with so much focus and poise after the Hendrix match late yesterday," Head Coach Judy Green said. "We were controlling the tempo of the match until they started putting pressure on us from the service line. As is typical in volleyball, the momentum swung and it took us two whole sets to earn it back. Our team was excited to be in another fifth-set situation and we pushed ahead by four and should have won the match. We were in our best rotation and could not get those last two points to go down. We got big swings from both Shelby [Moore] and Alex [Bothe], but Millsaps made some great defensive plays.
"Without question this was our best defensive match of the season, as we had five players with double-figure digs," Green continued. "And when you have four players with almost 20 digs each you should win matches."
Senior Alessandra Norman led with 22 digs, while Bothe added 20.
Other noteworthy BSC performers were junior setter Lauren Reibe who had a double-double with 50 assists and 18 digs, and junior libero Presley Dickson who tallied 18 digs. "Lauren [Reibe] did a nice job giving the ball to the hot hitters throughout the match and we were in the rotation she had the most confidence with at the end."
In the second match of the day BSC, dropped a 3-0 decision to 14th-ranked Colorado College. "I will say that this was by far the best match Colorado College played all weekend," Green said. "We certainly got their best shot. They won the serve and pass game and that was the difference in the match."
Offensively the Panthers were led by Bothe who had seven kills and junior outside hitter Chelsea Pittman with 4. Reibe had 22 assists, and junior Presley Dickson led with 14 digs.
BSC returns home next weekend for the SCAC East Inter-Divisional, hosting Centre, Sewanee, and Oglethorpe in Bill Battle Coliseum, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1 and 2.