BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern volleyball team played its first home match of the season on Saturday and swept Sewanee, 3-0, to remain unbeaten in Southern Athletic Association action.
The Panthers are now 9-4 overall and 4-0 in the SAA with their fifth-straight victory; the Tigers fall to 4-6 overall and 1-4 in the league.
BSC started the match strong, using several long point runs to win the first set 25-12. The Panthers opened set two by going up 5-0, but the Tigers kept it a bit closer this time, although still eventually losing 25-19. The third set was even closer, with Sewanee winning the first point for the first time in the match and going up 8-4 early. The Tigers stayed ahead of BSC and led 15-12 before the Panthers pulled ahead on six straight points - including three straight service aces from freshman Emily Dang - to go up 18-15. BSC held onto the lead for the remainder of the set, although at match point, 24-21, Sewanee was able to score twice to cut it to 24-23 before a kill by senior Shelby Moore clinched the victory for the Panthers.
Sophomore Meredith Lee led BSC with 12 kills and hit .360 for the match, while Moore had 10 kills. Senior setter Lauren Reibe posted a double-double with 28 assists and 11 digs, and senior libero Presley Dickson also recorded a double-double with 11 digs and 10 assists.
"It was fun to finally play at home and I thought our crowd was fantastic today," Head Coach Judy Green said. "I think our team fed off of their energy, but I also feel that we started out the match playing probably the best defense I've seen us play this season, and that really set the tone for the majority of the match. We made Sewanee have to do things to manufacture kills; they couldn't play traditional volleyball. We also got a chance to play a lot of our bench today to let them gain experience. It was a good conference win today and we're looking forward to tomorrow."
The Panthers are at home again tomorrow, facing Centre College at 1:30 p.m. in Bill Battle Coliseum.