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Albany squeezes out a win at Brewton-Parker College
By Terrance Goss
BPC News and Information staff writer
MOUNT VERNON—Albany State University came out swinging Sept. 20 at the volleyball game against Brewton-Parker College. After almost five weeks of play, it was Brewton-Parker’s first match with home advantage. However, that wasn’t enough to stop Albany State from taking the lead. The final score was Albany, 3-1.
Albany State completely dominated the first game, beating out Brewton-Parker 30-25. Brewton-Parker really had a struggle to gain momentum at the beginning of the game, mainly because #9 Rachell Anderson and #1 Alona Brinson led the scoring team. The home team took some morale shots because they began losing with large gaps between scores.
In the second game, it was a complete turn around for Brewton Parker, led by #11 Latreace Johnson, #5 Megan Johnson and #12 Ta Sheena Brown. These ladies led the scoring but did not do it all by themselves. They were followed up by a great supporting cast, which included #13 Jenna Kessenich, #9 Halley Tanner and #4 Elizabeth Hinely.
As the third period rolled around, Brewton-Parker’s momentum completely went down hill but they picked up the pace in the fourth. The fourth period was an almost redemption period for Brewton-Parker and was filled with several exciting plays.
The Lady Barons came out strong in this period and gained the lead early. Hinely helped her team maintain a consistent lead of at least two points for most of this period, with help from L. Johnson.
Though the team put up a great fight, the Lady Barons could not pull off a win. The match ended with Albany winning 3-1.
Coach Bryant recognized some of Albany’s weaknesses and tried to play to that advantage, but in the end could not overcome the team’s strong front line of defense.
“We wanted to tip to bring the back row in then try roll-shots to the back. We wanted to attack the back of their defense,” Bryant said. “Albany State is extremely tall in the front row. This strength caused us to be less likely to keep hitting due to their ability to block. They were extremely athletic and quick.”
Bryant hopes the Lady Barons will have a better advantage later this week when they play their first conference home game Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. against Southern Wesleyan University. Coach Bryant and the Lady Barons invite everyone to show their support in attending the game.