Volleyball Team's Tourney Finish Leads Fall Squads in Openers

 

Brewton-Parker College's volleyball team had the most successful season-opening action among the three BPC teams that began their fall campaigns last weekend.

The Lady Barons finished third in the Agnes Scott College Fall Classic in Decatur, losing only to tournament winner Methodist (N.C.) College.

The Lady Barons defeated Wesleyan (S.C.) College in three straight games and edged Covenant College 3-2 in pool play Friday.

Brewton-Parker then fell 3-1 to Methodist on Saturday before claiming third with a 3-0 match win over Piedmont College.

"That's a really good start for us," Lady Barons coach Jason Bryant, whose team plays its only home match of September on Thursday against Paine College at 7 p.m. in Parker Gymnasium. That match follows Tuesday night's visit to Toccoa Falls College.

The Lady Barons then travel to Denmark, S.C., on Friday to face Voorhees College in a 6 p.m. match and will travel to August on Tuesday to play Paine again at 7 p.m.

Neither Brewton-Parker soccer team was able to score in the women's two contests and the men's one match over the weekend.

The Barons were defeated 3-0 Friday at NCAA Division I Jacksonville University, getting outshot 13-8 by the Dolphins.

Goalkeeper Ryan Dees, a sophomore from Monroe, La., made five saves in the contest while his Jacksonville counterpart, Greg Williams, stopped six Baron shots in getting the shutout.

"We didn't play like we should have," Barons coach Ben Moore said. "Hopefully we'll do better (Wednesday, at home against Thomas University) than we did Friday."

The Lady Barons' trip to Tennessee resulted in a pair of lopsided defeats, 8-0 on Friday to Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., and 9-0 on Saturday to Cumberland University in Lebanon.

Jeremy Aven, coaching the Lady Barons for the first time, credited his 11 players for their attitudes and overall play of sophomore goalkeeper Michelle McRaven of Lyons for keeping Lee off the board until late in the first half Friday.

"We played pretty well for our fitness level we had," Aven said. "The games helped increase our fitness level."

Brewton-Parker plays host to a doubleheader against Thomas on Wednesday, with the women's match at 2 p.m. and the men's contest at 4 p.m.

The Barons and Lady Barons then travel to Waleska on Saturday for their Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference openers against Reinhardt College, with the men's match at 2 p.m. and the women's contest at 4 p.m.

Both teams will have Tuesday matches as well, with the Barons playing host to Flagler (Fla.) College at 3 p.m. and the Lady Barons traveling at Daytona Beach for a 7 p.m. contest against Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.