The volleyball team returned to SUNY Canton's court for the second day of pool play as a part of day two of the 2015 USCAA Volleyball National Championship. After going 1-1 on the first day of the tournament, the Mountaineers took part in two matches to determine if they would advance to the second round of the tournament later this evening.
Their first match this morning was against the number three seed Rochester College, a team who also was 1-1 entering the second day of the tournament. Rochester College won the match 2-0, off their strong defensive effort with 49 digs, 25-16 and 25-19 respectively.
For the second straight day, senior Kyra Robinson and sophomore Simone Brown tied for the lead in kills in the match with six each. Robinson, along with fellow senior LeAnna Luney, led the team in blocks with three each, each getting one solo and two assists. Leading the team in assists for the second straight match was senior Megan Keller with nine. The Blue Crew were led in digs by senior Nicole Baker, who gathered four digs.
In their fourth match of the tournament, the second of the day two, the team returned to the court to face the #7 seed Carlow University. The Mountaineers faced Carlow earlier this season in the USCAA North vs. South Battlefield Classic and won the match in five sets, 3-2. The result of the rematch between the two teams would stay the same as Berea defeated Carlow in straight sets 2-0. The first set of the match was a back and forth affair, with each team exchanging point for point and neither team taking a lead higher than two in the set. With the score tied at 23, the Mountaineers won the last two points of the set to prevail 25-23. The second set could be described as a set full of runs. After a 3-3 tie to begin the set, Berea went on a 13-4 run to take a commanding 16-7 lead. Carlow responded with their own run of 10-4 to make the score 20-17. The Blue Crew completed the final run of the game, winning five of the final six points to win the set 25-18 and win the match in straight sets.
Brown had a team high five kills in the match against Carlow. For the second straight game, Robinson and Luney led the team with three blocks each, all solo. Keller and sophomore Claire Mueller were tied for the lead in assists with six each. Freshman Bailie Parker led the team in digs with 11.
With the win, the team advances to the single elimination part of the tournament as the fourth place finisher in Pool B of pool play. The Mountaineers will return to the court at 5:30 this evening against the first place team in Pool A, Florida College. Follow all the action at http://volleyball.theuscaa.com/2015_Volleyball_Championships/sports/wvball/2015-16/boxscores/20151106_5eiv.xml