|Southeastern (Fla.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|2 Players (#15,#18) - 13||Kills||#14 Brooke Stowell - 9|
|4 Players - 1||Blocks||2 Players (#11,#12) - 2|
|#1 Keniah Rivera Santiago - 25||Digs||#2 Rheagan Kean - 22|
|#15 Kaity Reed - 4||Aces||#6 Veronica Salas - 1|
|Southeastern (Fla.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
Dayton, Tenn. – As the opening day of the 3rd Annual Bryan Bash came to a close, it was certain that a few teams were unable to stand the heat as the Flames of Southeastern University (Fla.) managed to be the only unbeaten team in the five-team competition. The last victim was Bryan College, but the Lions wouldn't go down easy as they compiled 16 points in the first set, forced Southeastern to overwork for a 28-26 second set, and then battled as the final set went to the Flames 25-17 for the sweep. Southeastern was nearly flawless, dropping only one set on the day to Asbury University (Ky.). The Eagles soared for an opening set 25-23 edge before the Flames scorched Asbury three straight for the victory, 3-1.
The loss moves the Lion's overall record this season to 1-1 after Bryan began the Bash with a thrilling five-set win over Bethel University (Tenn.).
Southeastern made a statement early by jumping ahead 4-0 before Anna Owens (FR/Thompsons Station, Tenn.) took a set from Veronica Salas (JR/Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) and delivered a blistering shot over the net to break the Lion's silence. Bryan slimmed the margin to 5-3 from a combined block by Hope Burnett (SR/Asheville, N.C.) and Emalie Hicks (SO/Calhoun, Ga.) and then 5-4 on a ball handling error by Southeastern. The Flames countered, but the Lions responded with a kill from Hicks and were able to tie the score 6-6 following an attack error on the opposite side of the net. Scoring on the next three possessions proved significant for Southeastern as they gained a 9-6 advantage and never looked back. Salas capitalized with an ace to draw the Lions within two at 12-10, but that would be the closest Bryan would come to Southeastern for the rest of the set one as they cruised to 25-16.
A kill by Owens, block by Owens and Hicks, and an attack error by the visiting team secured a quick 3-0 lead for Bryan to begin the second set. Unfortunately, the momentum couldn't continue as Southeastern answered back with six unanswered points to go on top 6-3. The Flames were able to create a six-point difference at 11-5, but the Lions roared their way to a 6-2 run to come within two. Trailing 15-12, Bryan scored on Southeastern's ball handling error and pair of attack errors to lock the score at 15-15. Towards the end of the set, more often than not a team only has to create a slight gap to lock in the win. The Flames couldn't shake the Lions as each swing Bryan would maintain focus and even the score. After tying 21-21, Bryan went on to match Southeastern five times before the Flames burnt the Lions with two kills to secure a 28-26 second-set win and 2-0 advantage in the contest.
The final set was all Southeastern as they vied for an early lead and never surrendered it, going up as much as nine in the set. The Lions were only three points back when the Flames led 11-8, but Bryan couldn't slow down six consecutive scores by Southeastern as they built a comfortable 17-8 advantage. The Flames went on to take the set 25-17 and the match 3-0, improving to 5-3 on the year.
Despite the Flames outperforming the Lions on attacks 45-37, Bryan followed closely behind in attack percentage at .129 compared to Southeastern's .191. Bryan got the edge in blocks 3-2, but the Flames served a notable seven aces while the Lions tallied one.
Brooke Stowell (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.) led the Lions with nine kills and .364 attack percentage and was trailed by Mariah Dunlop (JR/Bradenton, Fla. ) with eight kills. Hicks connected for five kills, both Burnett and Owens dealt four apiece, and Janie Smith (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.) slid in with a pair of kills. Salas was Bryan's assists leader with 18, and Jennifer Keck (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) recorded 11. Rheagan Kean (FR/Chattanooga, Tenn.) was a defensive machine, making play after play and totaling a team-high 22 digs. Both Salas and Dunlop came behind her with nine digs, respectively.
Southeastern's Kaity Reed and Kiana Sawtelle set the pace for the Flames with 13 kills each. Their assists leader was Natalie Anderson with 24, followed by Courtney Krause with 17. Three players from Southeastern reached double-digit digs; Keniah Rivera Santiago with 25, Sawtelle with 12, and Reed with 10.
Up next for the Lions is Asbury, slated for 12pm on Saturday, Aug. 26. The first game on Day 2 of the Bryan Bash is at 10am between University of Pikeville (Ky.) and Southeastern.
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