Berea, Ky – In day two of the USCAA Battlefield Classic, the hosting Berea College Mountaineers faced off against Florida National University, The Mountaineers will play Florida College at 4:00pm and Johnson and Wales University at 6:00pm at the Seabury Center.
The Mountaineers kicked off Saturday's festivities against Florida National University dropping three straight sets (25-12, 25-11, 25-16) to the visiting Conquistadors.
Berea freshman Isabelle Haverty recorded a team-high three kills and tallied two block assists while junior Claire Mueller assisted a team-high seven assists to go along with her 16 digs of the contest.
The Conquistadors were led by sophomores Cinergi Rosas and Raquel Murillo, who tied for a game-high six kills and a combined 29 digs (Rosas 13, Murillo 16).
The Mountaineers played well defensively, recording 12 block assists, but were unable contain the hard-hitting offense of FNU.
Berea dropped three straight sets in its second match of the day to USCAA defending National Champion Florida College as Grace Callow recorded a team high six kills for the Mountaineers while Mueller recorded 36 digs and 14 assists.
Junior Rachel Tharp spiked a game-high 14 kills and tallied 22 digs for the Falcons while junior Baylee Gunter contributed 31 assists and 18 digs of her own.
Berea kept the first two sets within arm's reach, dropping the first 25-19 and the second 25-18 before losing the final set 25-11.
The Mountaineers final matchup was in a nail-biting five-set match versus Johnson and Wales University. Mueller recorded a game-high 49 digs and a team-high 24 assists while Callow led the Mountaineers with 11 kills to go along with her 18 digs of the contest.
Senior Lucy Herrmann smashed a game-high 17 assists and had 20 digs while freshman Johmillet Berrios added nine kills and 22 digs of her own for the Wildcats.
JWU would win the first set in a tight 25-20 contest before Berea would take control, winning the next two sets 25-10 and 25-23. The Wildcats would force the fifth set, coming from behind to win the fourth set 27-25. The Wildcats controlled the final set, never trailing en route to a 15-8 victory.
The Mountaineers (2-13) will continue their home stand on Tuesday as they will host Boyce College at 7:00 p.m. in the Seabury Center.