Lady Barons face on-court tests this weekend

MOUNT VERNON -- A potent schedule awaits the Brewton-Parker College volleyball team this weekend in the Mid-Season Classic in Montgomery, Ala., which features matches for the Lady Barons against two of the top three teams in NAIA Region XIII.

The Lady Barons enter the Mid-Season Classic, which pits teams from the Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference in three matches against squads from the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference at Faulkner University, with an 18-8 overall record and 4-3 in GACC play.

On Friday, Brewton-Parker will play region No. 2 Spring Hill College (Ala.) and No. 3 Dillard University (La.), the latter which took three straight games from the Lady Barons in LaGrange College's tournament Sept. 27.

Belhaven College (Miss.) will be Brewton-Parker's final opponent on Saturday.

Lady Barons coach Jason Bryant hopes his team can alleviate some of the 25 errors that proved costly in their last on-court match, a 3-1 loss to GACC leader Georgia Southwestern State University on Oct. 14 in the Student Activities Center.

"We didn't play badly, but we just had too many errors," Bryant said of the match, in which the Lady Barons' eight-match streak was snapped. "We lost those three games by two, two and three points, and I told the girls that is the best team in the conference, so it is just a matter of getting it done and correcting those errors."

Latika Thomas, a junior outside hitter from Gainesville, Fla., fueled the Lady Barons' offensive attack with 19 kills, while senior setter Jeni Paul of Woodstock had 43 assists along with 10 kills. Junior middle hitter KC Cheshire of Marietta added 10 kills.

The Lady Barons picked up a forfeit victory over Claflin University (S.C.), which canceled Saturday's match at the Student Activities Center.

After the Mid-Season Classic, the Lady Barons will travel to Orangeburg, S.C., to face Claflin on Tuesday, Oct. 28, and then return to GACC action with a 6:30 p.m. match Oct. 30 against Faulkner at the Student Activities Center.