|Pikeville (Ky.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#4 Cassidy Tackett - 13||Kills||#10 Hope Burnett - 7|
|#12 Amari Eadie - 7||Blocks||#10 Hope Burnett - 3|
|#5 Savanna Zakman - 17||Digs||#2 Rheagan Kean - 12|
|#5 Savanna Zakman - 7||Aces||2 Players (#6,#12) - 2|
|Pikeville (Ky.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
Dayton, Tenn. – When Asbury University (Ky.) claimed a 3-1 win over the Bryan Lions Volleyball Team to begin Day 2 of the Bryan Bash, the host school looked to respond in their final contest of the event against Mid-South Conference rival, University of Pikeville Bears. Pikeville also looked to end on a good note as they surged ahead in the opening set, but Bryan overwhelmed the Bears in comeback fashion to take the first set 25-20. 11 ties and five lead changes later, with the largest lead by Pikeville only being six points, the Bears leveled the score 1-1 going 25-20 in set two. The third set was tied 11-11 but the Lions struggled to slow down the Bears as they won 25-17 and then repeated in the final set 25-17 for the 3-1 victory. The loss dropped Bryan to 1-3, while Pikeville improved to 2-4.
The Lions were behind 9-3 at one point in the first set, but they focused on the task at hand and took each play one at a time, working their way back into the game until the score was evened up 16-16. Each side took turns jumping one point ahead and then tying, but at 20-20 the Bears had a set error that proved costly as the Lions would rally behind kills from Hope Burnett (SR/Asheville, N.C.) and Brooke Stowell (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.) as well as a pair of aces from Anna Owens (FR/Thompsons Station, Tenn.) to complete the come-from-behind win 25-20.
The second set started just where the first set left off with Veronica Salas (JR/Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) serving up an ace. As the set unfolded, there wasn't much separation between the teams until the score was at 16-16 and Pikeville produced six unanswered points. In front 22-16, the Bears gave up three points to the Lions but that wasn't enough for Bryan as Pikeville compiled their three needed to tie the match at 1-1 with the second set going their way 25-20.
Midway through the third set the Lions managed to keep things close as the scoreboard read 11-11, but the Bears were prepared to win three straight sets and did just that. Pikeville surrendered only six more points in the third set to Bryan as they went ahead 25-17 and 2-1 in the match.
The Bears constructed run after run in the final set, putting the Lions in a hole at 21-9. Bryan had one last spurt of energy after a service error by Pikeville. An excess of errors continued to rain down on the Bears as the Lions slimmed the margin to seven points at 24-17, but the momentum came too late as Pikeville sealed the set 25-17 and the match 3-1.
Burnett had a team-high seven kills and .400 attack percentage as the Lions totaled 28 attacks and a .066 average. The Bears amassed 45 kills and hit .127, while also controlling the block count 9-3. Owens and Stowell trailed Burnett with five kills apiece, and the next in line was Janie Smith (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.) with four. Bryan's assists leaders were Sidney Pierce (FR/Chickamauga, Ga.) with 13 and Salas with eight. Three Lions produced double-digit digs; Rheagan Kean (FR/Chattanooga, Tenn.) led with 12, Mariah Dunlop (JR/Bradenton, Fla. ) had 11, and Salas collected 10.
With a 1-3 record after both days at the Bash, the Lions now hit the road for a matchup with another Mid-South Conference opponent, University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) on Aug. 29 with a start time of 6pm.
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