Lady Barons volleyball improves to 8-2


MT. VERNON -- Brewton-Parker College's four-match winning streak on the volleyball court ended Friday night in a 3-1 match loss to Faulkner University, but not before the Lady Barons won the first game of their Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference opener in Montgomery, Ala.

"We won the first game 30-20 relatively easily," said Brewton-Parker coach Jason Bryant, whose team picked up a forfeit victory off the trip from Talladega College to improve to 8-2 overall.

"I thought that we'd go on and win after that, but we just went dead. We had way too many hitting errors, but sometimes that's life on the road."

The loss came after the Lady Barons posted their fourth straight match victory with a 3-2 win Sept. 10 over Paine College in nonconference action at Augusta.

The win was the Lady Barons' second match victory over Paine in six days. Brewton-Parker swept the Lady Lions 3-0 in its home opener Sept. 5 but had to rally for victory in the rematch after Paine won the first two games.

The Lady Barons led the GACC in four team categories in statistics through Sept. 11. Brewton-Parker is tops in team assists (276 total, 9.20 average per game); hitting percentage (.219, with 324 kills);  service aces (4.47 average, 134 total); and digs (31.43 average, 943 total).

Three Lady Barons claimed the top three averages in service aces, with sophomore K.C. Cheshire of Marietta leading the conference with 0.93 per game (27 aces). Sophomore Christian Walsh of Bluntstown, Fla., was second in average at 0.86 (24 aces) and junior Jeni Paul of Woodstock was ranked third at 0.83 (25 aces). Paul also had a conference-leading average of 8.47 assists (254 total).

Senior Alissa Vogt of Kelowna, British Columbia, was the GACC leader in digs with 224 (7.47 per game), with junior Aislyn McLeod of Kelowna, British Columbia, second in average with 5.69 (148 total).

Cheshire ranked second in hitting percentage at .282 with 56 kills, while McLeod was ranked third with a .266 percentage with 70 kills.

Sophomore Melissa Brown of Kelowna, British Columbia, was third in block average (0.83, 24 total blocks) and fourth in dig average (5.03, 146 total).

After the Lady Barons traveled to Orangeburg, S.C., on Tuesday for a nonconference match against Claflin College, they will be in action Friday and Saturday in the Wesleyan College Tournament in Macon.