|Bryan (Tenn.) ( 1-4)||15||13||21||0|
|Cumberlands (Ky.) ( 4-2)||25||25||25||3|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Indv. Leaders||Cumberlands (Ky.)|
|#11 Emalie Hicks - 6||Kills||#4 Jessica Severs - 13|
|5 Players - 1||Blocks||2 Players (#1,#15) - 3|
|#2 Rheagan Kean - 24||Digs||#7 Tara Routliffe - 25|
|#19 Mariah Dunlop - 1||Aces||#5 Jen Stein - 3|
|Bryan (Tenn.)||Team Statistics||Cumberlands (Ky.)|
Williamsburg, Ky. – On Tuesday evening, the Bryan College Lions Volleyball Team met up with University of the Cumberlands, a member of the Mid-South Conference. The Lions entered the match coming off their season opening series at home as they hosted four other schools from the Southeast for the 3rd Annual Bryan Bash, running Aug. 25-26. With a 1-3 start to the season, Bryan got their first glimpse of road play with the Patriots. On the other hand, Cumberlands had a slow beginning of their regular-season as they fell to the 15th and 21st ranked teams in the nation, but rebounded with three straight sweeps, including a victory over fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference foe Tennessee Wesleyan University. Cumberlands was able to carry their momentum into their first home game of the year with a 3-0 win over Bryan, improving their record to 4-2 and dropping the Lions to 1-4.
Veronica Salas (JR/Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) connected with Mariah Dunlop (JR/Bradenton, Fla. ) for the kill, giving Bryan the first point of the opening set. The Lions went on to take the lead 2-1 and then 3-2, but the Patriots were able to level the score 3-3 and never look back with six unanswered points. A pair of attack errors by Cumberlands and kills from Hope Burnett (SR/Asheville, N.C.) and Dunlop brought Bryan the closest they would come to the Patriots in set one at 9-7 as the home team went up 21-11 before closing the set 25-15.
The Patriots charged ahead 4-0 as set two unfolded, but back-to-back kills from Emalie Hicks (SO/Calhoun, Ga.) and a rejection by Burnett helped get the Lions back in the game trailing 5-4. Bryan was unable to keep the pace as Cumberlands extended their lead 13-7 and then 18-9 with two rallies. The Patriots continued to apply pressure and produced another rally coming in four straight points, taking a commanding 22-10 edge. Bryan went on to score just three more points with the help of Hicks who dealt two kills and one solo block as Cumberlands controlled a 2-0 advantage with a 25-13 second set.
Cumberlands looked to finish off Bryan with a breeze, going up by as much as 11-6 with the help of a 5-0 run, but the Lions relentlessly climbed back into the game and tied the score 12-12. The Patriots hoped to send the Lions home as they capitalized the next three plays, and Bryan responded with the following three scores to even it back up, 15-15. Both sides took turns exchanging points, tying each other 18-18 and 19-19. Two kills allowed Cumberlands back in front, but Jennifer Keck (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) countered with a kill, closing the margin to one point, 21-20. A costly attack error by Bryan that was sandwiched by two key kills for the Patriots helped Cumberlands go on and take the final set 25-21 and the match 3-0.
The Lions amassed 21 kills and a .043 attack percentage, while the Patriots hit a notable 46 kills and .246. Hicks was Bryan's kills leader with six, followed by Dunlop with five and Burnett with four. Salas helped lead the Lions with 11 assists, and Keck converted on seven assists in her 10 attempts. 28 is her best so far this year, but Rheagan Kean (FR/Chattanooga, Tenn.) came close as she tallied a team-high 24 digs. The block count went Cumberland's way 6-4.
Up next for the Lions is the Southeastern Challenge, taking place in Columbia, Ky. and running Sept. 1-2. On the first day of action, Bryan has matchups with Webber International at 10am and 19th-ranked Georgetown College at 4pm.
To view the full 2017 volleyball schedule, click here.