PANTHERS FALL IN ELECTRIC FIVE SET MATCH

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In front of a standing-room only crowd Birmingham-Southern and Berry battled in a five set match. Every set saw both teams get to 20+ points, including the fifth set. 

The first set was back-and-forth until the Panthers went on a four-point run to take a 16-12 lead. The run was powered by two Kennedy Dickens’ kills. Berry quickly responded with a four-point run of their own to tie the game at 16-16. After the teams traded points and were tied at 19-19, Berry pulled away with a five-point run to take a 23-19 lead. Berry would end up winning set one 25-20. 

The second set started with the Panthers jumping out to an early 8-3 lead. BSC held the lead until Berry went on a three-point run to tie the game at 16-16. Birmingham-Southern took nine of the next 13 points between the two teams to take the second set 25-20 and tie the match up at one set a piece. 

The momentum the Panthers built in the second set carried over to the third set, and into the crowd and fans. BSC jumped out to an early 7-3 lead and did not let up. After Berry rattled off three straight points, the Panthers responded with a five-point run of their own. The run consisted of two kills by Dickens and three aces by Ally Mildenberger to give Birmingham-Southern a 12-6 lead. Throughout the set each time the Vikings got close to tying the game BSC would respond and pull away. Berry got as close as 21-20 but could not over take the Panthers. Alyssa Coats and Leah Nielsen led the attack to take set three. Coats recorded a kill and an ace while Nielsen recorded a block assist and a kill for the Panthers to take the set 25-20. 

With a 2-1 lead and the crowd cheering them on, the Panthers looked to end the match in the fourth set. The teams battled back and forth again and were deadlocked at 21-21, but the Vikings took four of the next five point to take set four and tied the match up at 2-2. 

Both teams entered the fifth set with all stats nearly even across the board. The fifth set was no different seeing 20 ties and 9 lead changes. The Vikings and Panthers battled out a 26-point fifth set. Throughout the set each team looked to end it before the opposition would respond and keep the set going. The Panthers had set point twice, but Berry continued to find ways to extend the match. The teams wound up tied at 24, but it was the Vikings that pulled through. A service ace and a kill by Jazzy Innis led Berry to victory. 

Records
Birmingham-Southern 12-5 Overall (7-1 SAA), Berry 15-1 Overall (9-1 SAA)

News and notes
> Emily Buhl and Alyssa Coats recorded a season high in kills with 15 and 20 respectively. 
> Leah Nielsen and Gigi Fields recorded a career high in blcoks.
> Ansleigh Dailey recorded a carrer high 62 assists. 

Up next
The Panthers will have a quick turnaround as they host Oglethorpe University tomorrow Oct, 10 at 12 p.m.
 

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