|Montreat (N.C.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#12 Anyla Kryeziu - 23||Kills||#10 Hope Burnett - 12|
|2 Players (#9,#10) - 3||Blocks||#10 Hope Burnett - 4|
|#6 Kendra Johnson - 29||Digs||#4 Kristen Parrish - 31|
|#6 Kendra Johnson - 2||Aces||#19 Mariah Dunlop - 3|
|Montreat (N.C.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
Dayton, Tenn. – It took a full five sets to determine a winner at Tuesday night's Appalachian Athletic Conference contest between the Bryan College Lions Volleyball team and the Cavaliers of Montreat College (N.C.). It was the Lions who dealt a blow early with a commanding 25-19 first set victory, but the Cavaliers suited up and charged their way through sets two and three 25-14 and 25-19 for a 2-1 advantage. Montreat sought to end the match in four sets, but Bryan battled for a 24-19 lead in hopes of forcing a fifth set. The Cavaliers managed to climb back into the frame, tying the Lions 25-25, but kills by Jennifer Keck (SO/Knoxville, Tenn.) and Kristen Parrish (SR/Decatur, Ala.) secured a 27-25 win, keeping Bryan alive. After a back-and-forth struggle through the first four sets, the final set wouldn't be any different as both sides saw a total of six ties. Unfortunately for Bryan, Montreat created a four-point difference at 11-7 which proved good enough to hold off the Lions as the Cavaliers improved to 5-6 overall and 2-0 in conference play while Bryan dropped their overall record to 2-10 and AAC record to 1-1.
As the first set began, the Cavaliers registered the first three points, but the Lions clawed their way back with three unanswered as a result of a service error, attack error, and ace served by Mariah Dunlop (JR/Bradenton, Fla. ). Bryan and Montreat fought to create separation and at 14-14 the Lions capitalized on a pair of kills by Emalie Hicks (SO/Calhoun, Ga.) and ace by Hope Burnett (SR/Asheville, N.C.) to go out in front and never look back, taking the opening set 25-19.
A string of attack errors by Bryan put them in a whole as set two got underway. Montreat owned a 10-3 advantage and was able to build the lead to double-digits at 15-5. The Cavaliers held the Lions to just 14 points as they leveled the game 1-1 after taking the second set 25-14.
The third set was a replay of the second set as Bryan fell behind once again to the tune of 10-3. Trailing 20-9, the Lions remained focused with the help of a supportive showing in Summers Gymnasium. The first score came from a kill by Parrish and next was an ace by Hicks. The Cavaliers showed weakness after a trio of attack errors as Bryan closed the margin to 20-14. Luckily for Montreat, the rally by Bryan came too late as the Cavaliers applied pressure with a 25-19 set three and 2-1 lead in the outing.
10 ties occurred in the fourth set and the largest advantage of the frame was a mere five points, but Bryan never once allowed Montreat a glimpse of the lead. Late in the set, the Cavaliers trailed by one at 17-16 but the Lions gained momentum and pieced together a 7-3 run, needing just one more point to send the match into a fifth set with a score of 24-19. Montreat countered with five consecutive points, evening the score 24-24. On the next possession, a Cavalier skied at the net and thought they had caught the Lions off guard by placing a kill towards the line down the right side but Janie Smith (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.) read the play perfectly, timed her jump, and rejected the ball back into the hands of the attacker who didn't anticipate the play. A service error by Bryan kept Montreat in the game as the score tied 25-25, but Keck and Parrish finished off the set with kills to lift the Lions past the Cavaliers 27-25.
In the last set, both teams took turns for the lead but a key block by Montreat followed by an attack error from Bryan served as the dagger, giving the Cavaliers a 7-6 lead. Back-to-back kills by Montreat pushed them ahead 9-6, as Bryan could not respond. The Cavaliers recorded the win with a final set score of 15-10.
Before the match, both Burnett's and Dunlop's highest kills compiled came during the season-opener versus Bethel University (Tenn.). Both Lions were able to better their marks as Burnett led Bryan with 12 kills and a .233 attack percentage, while Dunlop followed with 11 kills and hit .189. Hicks was the only other Lion to reach double-digit kills with 10. 23 total assists also serves as a season-best for Veronica Salas (JR/Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) as she also aided with 12 digs. As of late, Parrish has proven to a valuable asset for Bryan and saw her best numbers of the year so far with a team-high 31 digs. As a team, the Lions totaled 50 kills and .126 average compared to the Cavalier's 64 put-aways and .213.
Bryan continues conference play on Friday, Sept. 15, when they make the long trip to St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, N.C. for a matchup with the Knights at 6:30pm.
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