Decatur, GA- The volleyball returned to the state of Georgia this afternoon to play in a USA South tri-match. The tri-match, hosted by the Agnes Scott College Scotties, also consisted of the LaGrange College Panthers. The first match of two for the Mountaineers came against the hosts.
The first set against the Scotties started in favor of Agnes College, as they raced out to a 5-1 lead. A 6-3 run by Berea which included kills from Kristin Barnes, Isis Hill, Katherine Gonterman and Addie Bowman brought the Mountaineers to within one point of the lead, 8-7. The host Scotties kept the lead though before a kill from Barnes gave Berea a 13-12 lead. From that point on, the match saw a call and response type action as one team scored, the other team scored right back, as neither team could take a big lead. The set ended when Alexandra Wilkins' kill gave the Mountaineers a 25-22 first set win.
The second set remained close between the two teams as a kill from Hill tied the set 6-6 in the opening segment of the set. Berea gave the lead up briefly before a couple of attack errors by Agnes Scott along with a kill from Wilkins and Hill gave the Mountaineers an 18-16 lead. Seven straight points from the Scotties gave them a lead Berea would be unable to overcome and a 25-20 second set win to tie the match 1-1.
The scoreboard saw the Mountaineers fall behind 3-0 in the third set before scoring three of the next four points helped Berea pull within one point of the lead, 4-3. The lead stayed in favor of Agnes Scott as the Mountaineers could not pull ahead and with the score 12-9, nine straight points from the hosts helped the Scotties win the third set 25-13. Berea fail behind in the fourth set before scoring four straight points to tie the score at ten. Eliza Lavin's service ace gave the Mountaineers an 12-11 advantage but Berea was unable to build upon their lead and a series of offense from Agnes Scott gave them an 25-19 fourth set win and a 3-1 match victory.
Gonterman led the offense with 13 kills while Barnes also finished with double-digits kills with 10 to go along with 31 assists from Wilkins. Destiney Balser was the defensive leader with 30 digs. Hill finished with two block solos.
In their second match of the day against LaGrange College, the Mountaineers took a 3-0 lead early in the first set. A 9-9 tie occurred before it was broken by a block solo from Hill. Two more ties would occur before LaGrange took a 15-14 lead they would never give up, going on to win the set 25-19. Berea took a 5-4 lead on Gonterman's kill in the second set and kept the lead until seven of the next eight points went gave the Panthers a 11-6 advantage. A service ace by Bailie Parker as part of a four point rally brought the Mountaineers to within one point of the lead, 11-10. Berea was not able to turn the lead in their favor and LaGrange took the second set by a score of 25-17.
A kill followed by a service ace by Hill gave Berea a 4-2 lead to open the third set. Points were split between the teams over the next couple of minutes until a kill by Gonterman started a four point streak for the Mountaineers, giving them a 19-13 lead. Berea held a 22-21 advantage but could not get the points necessary to complete the win as the Panthers scored four straight points to win the set 25-22 and the match 3-0. For the second straight match, Gonterman led the Mountaineers in kills with seven while Wilkins led the team in assists with 16. Wilkins also finished as the team leader in digs with 13 while Hill finished with four blocks (one solo and three assists).
Berea gets a week off from game action before returning to the Seabury Center as the host of a USA South tri-match. The tri-match, scheduled for Saturday, October 14th, consists of two teams the Mountaineers have faced in a previous tri-match: Huntingdon College and Brevard College. Berea will play their first game of the day at 12:00 PM against Huntingdon and will follow up with the concluding game against Brevard at 4:00 PM. All the details for live statistics and live video can be found at the home for Berea College Athletics, www.bereaathletics.com.