Montgomery, AL- After a 3-0 victory against Boyce College this past Tuesday, which saw Berea win 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 and included 10 kills from Katherine Gonterman and 25 assists from Alexandra Wilkins, the Mountaineers returned to the court for a USA South tri-match.
The first match Berea played in the tri-match was against the hosts Huntingdon College Hawks, in which the first set saw the Mountaineers use seven straight points after a 13-13 tie give them an advantage which helped them win the set 25-20. The second set was closely contested before a 17-13 lead gave the host Hawks a four point advantage. The advantage Huntingdon had disappeared as a kill from Gonterman started a four point streak to tie the set 17-17. Two more ties occurred in the set with the final tie being broken by Berea, aiding them in winning the second set 25-23.
The third set looked like it was going to go the Mountaineers as a Kristin Barnes kills gave Berea a 12-8 lead. Addie Bowman's kill gave the Mountaineers a 20-17 advantage before the Hawks scored eight of the last nine points to win the third set 25-21. The offense for Berea went cold in the fourth set as the game went to a fifth and final set as the Hawks won the fourth 25-15. In the fifth set, Huntingdon raced out to a 10-2 lead, helping them to a 15-9 fifth set win and a 3-2 match victory. Gonterman and Isis Hill finished with double-digits kills each, with 11 and 10, respectively. Wilkins finished the match as the assist leader with 33 while Bailie Parker led the way defensively with 26 digs.
The second match of the tri-match for the Mountaineers was against another newcomer to the USA South, the Brevard College Tornadoes. The contest will not count against each team's conference record though as Brevard is ineligible to compete for conference championships as they are reclassifying from NCAA Division II. The offensive struggle carried over from the previous match to this contest as Brevard took an 11-2 lead early in the first set. The Tornadoes took the first set by a final score of 25-13. The second set saw a much closer match as Berea's offense found its footing again. A kill by Gonterman helped Berea take an 8-5 lead before falling behind 13-10. Five straight points pushed the Mountaineers ahead 15-13 but the team could not hold on to the lead as Brevard took the second set by a score of 25-22. The offense for Berea became grounded again in the third set, as the Tornadoes won the match 3-0 on a 25-9 third set win. Hill led the offense with four kills while Wilkins finished with a season-low five assists. Parker finished with 18 digs to lead the defense.
The volleyball team returns to their home court in the Seabury Center as they welcome a divisional opponent from the USA South. On Tuesday, the Scots of Maryville College (Tenn.) will face the Mountaineers in a match with first serve schedued for 6:00 PM. Live video of the action can be seen at the official site for Berea College Athletics, www.bereaathletics.com.