Frankfort, KY- The volleyball team continued its road trip today as they traveled west up I-64 to take on the Thorobreds of Kentucky State University. Berea entered the matchup on a two game winning streak.
With the score 8-7 in favor of the KSU, the flow of the game changed for each team in the way of runs. The first run belonged to the Thorobreds, scoring the next four points to take a 12-7 lead. As the set continued, the Mountaineers chipped away at the lead, scoring six of the next eight points to make the score 14-13. KSU scored four straight points again to push their advantage back out to five, 18-13. At a score of 22-20 in favor of the Thorobreds, Berea scored five straight points to win the first set 25-22.
The second set started strong for the Mountaineers as they raced out to a 7-2 lead. KSU got back into it as the ball kept flying, using a 4-0 run to make the score 11-10 in favor of Berea. As the Thorobreds got closer, the Mountaineers pushed back, never giving up the lead, until deep into the set. With each team looking to close out the set, KSU scored the last two points needed to win, 28-26.
Berea opened up the third by taking a 4-1 lead before the Thorobreds came back to tie it at four a piece. From that point on, the set became a back and forth affair as the teams exchanged point for point before the momentum changed for KSU. KSU used ten straight points to take a 20-12 lead. The next five points in the match went towards the Mountaineers' score but the team would be unable to rally back as they fell in the third set 25-21.
Needing to win the upcoming fourth to force a fifth and deciding set, Berea raced out to a quick 5-2 advantage but the lead quickly dissipated when the Thorobreds tied the game at six using a 4-1 run. With the score knotted at 10, the Mountaineers used a 15-5 scoring streak, including seven straight, to win the fourth set 25-15 and force a fifth and final set.
The teams battled hard in the fifth, but the ball fell in the favor of KSU as they won the deciding set 15-13 to win the match 3-2. The offense for Berea was paced by Simone Brown, who had 14 kills for the game, while Claire Mueller finished with 31 assists for the Mountaineers. The defense was led by Bailie Parker, who finished with 28 digs. Isabelle Haverty aided the defense, adding three block assists.
The loss moves the team's record to 7-22 as they continue their road trip, traveling to Maryville, TN to play in a tri-match tomorrow, October 29th. Their first match of the day is against LaGrange College at 2:00 PM, followed by the host Maryville College at 4:00 PM.