Wilmington, OH- Berea College's volleyball returned to the court against an opponent they have already faced this season, hoping to have similar results as the previous time. The team faced the opponent, the Quakers of Wilmington College, at the 7th Annual Charlie Wrublewski Tournament earlier in the season, where the Mountaineers won in straight sets 3-0.
Tonight's matchup was more of a challenge, as the Quakers took the first set of the match by a score of 25-15. With the scored tied 3-3 in the second set, Berea scored the next seven points to take a 10-3 lead. The advantage for the Mountaineers was cut to two making the score 14-12 before Berea scored seven of the next nine points to take a 21-14 lead. Berea was able to even the match at one set each with a score of 25-20.
Throughout the third set, the two teams traded the lead back and forth, with neither team taking more than a four point lead. Eleven attack errors in the set allowed Wilmington College to win the third set 25-22, taking a 2-1 set lead as the teams went to the fourth set. The Mountaineers faced a 9-3 deficit in the opening minutes of the set, before roaring back and scoring the next six points to tie the game 9-9. The score remained close but in favor of the Quakers until Berea scored three straight points to make the score 18-16. The team would not look back as they took the fourth set by a score of 25-19 to send the match into a final and deciding fifth set.
The fifth set belonged to the Mountaineers, as the team raced out to 5-2 lead and held a three point lead throughout the set. Berea took the deciding set by a score of 15-9, winning the match 3-2. Three players finished with double figures in kills, led by Grace Callow with 19, Kristin Barnes with 14 and Isabelle Haverty with 10. Claire Mueller led the team in assists with 32. Defensively, the Mountaineers were led by Destiney Balser in digs, finishing with 31. Haverty led the team in blocks, with three block solos.
The team returns home as they host the Battlefield Classic at the Seabury Center, a two day tournament. Action opens up Friday, September 23rd when Berea takes on Carlow University. First serve is scheduled for 6:00 PM. Follow all the action here.