MACON, Ga. – The Samford University volleyball team fell to Southern Conference rivals, Mercer, in straight sets at a midweek showdown in Hawkins Arena.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
In the first set, Mercer jumped out to an early 7-2 lead at home, but the Bulldog battled back pulling within two (8-6) behind a tip kill from setter Kayla Keshock. However, the Bears would put together a run taking a five-point advantage into the media timeout. Mercer continued to build momentum into the middle of the first set forcing head coach Keylor Chan to call a second timeout as the Bulldogs trailed 20-17. Coming out of the timeout, Keshock recorded four-straight points for Samford, a kill followed by three-straight service aces, to tie the set at 20-20. Despite the late Samford run, Mercer closed out the first set 25-22.
It was a back-and-forth battle in the early part of the second set, but Mercer was able to open a 13-7 advantage behind five successive points. The Bulldogs struggled to gain their footing despite a pair of kills from senior outside hitter Lauren Deaton, and Mercer was able to gather the second frame 25-16.
In the final set, the Bulldogs kept close contact with the Mercer Bears as the frame included seven ties and a lead change. The set remained knotted at 12-12, but a pair of mini-runs from Mercer secured a comfortable lead they would never relinquish. The Bears rattled off five-straight points in the final moments to take the third set 25-17.
FROM THE BOX SCORE
- Deaton led the way offensively with seven kills on the night. Kenya McQuirter and Gracie Lynn Butler added six kills each.
- In addition to Keshock’s three aces and three kills, she also recorded 11 digs. Samford’s libero, Kate Morgan added six digs to the Bulldog total.
- For Mercer, Annie Karle and Jaida Howell posted double-digit kills with 12 and 10 respectively.
- The Bulldogs will make their return to the Pete Hanna Center after a five-match road stint on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 PM CT.
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