Berea, KY – The volleyball team returned to the court this afternoon looking to walk out of the Seabury Center with a victory. Berea hosted the Johnson University Royals out of Knoxville, TN.
The first set started off as a tightly contested battle between the two teams, as the crowd saw the score as a 4-4 tie. After exchanging a couple of points, Berea pushed out to a strong lead with the help of three kills each from Mersiha Mustafic and Kristin Barnes in the set. The defense for the team locked down the Royals and the Mountaineers took the first set 25-19.
The second set of the match was the exact opposite of the first. Berea started off the set on a 4-0 run, before taking an 11-3 advantage which forced a Johnson University timeout. When the team came back from the timeout, the Mountaineers scored eight of the next ten points, including two consecutive four points runs, to lead 19-5 deep into the set. Berea did not let their foot off the pedal as they took a 2-0 set lead with a 25-11 win.
The third set returned to what the game was in the first set, with teams exchanging points. Trailing 8-6, the Mountaineers scored the next two points to make the score 8-8 and used the momentum to take a 13-9 lead. The game turned into a tight contest once again though, as the Royals came back to within one, 15-14. Berea would not succumb to the pressure with the scoreboard reading 19-18 in the Mountaineers' favor, the team scored the next three points to give them a four point cushion with a score of 22-18. Berea scored the points needed to win the final and deciding set 25-20.
Barnes was the leader in kills for the Mountaineers, finishing the match with eight. The leader in assists for Berea with 28 was Claire Mueller. Defensively, the Mountaineers were led by Bailier Parker, who finished with 21 digs. Isabelle Haverty finishing with six total blocks (three solo and three assisted).
The team will return to their home court in the Seabury Center on Tuesday, October 4th, as they host Midway College. First serve is set for 7:00 PM.