Elizabethton, Tenn. – The Bryan College Lions Volleyball team fell to 2-12 overall and 1-3 in Appalachian Athletic Conference play after traveling to conference opponent Milligan College Tuesday evening where the Buffaloes swept the Lions through three straight sets (25-14, 25-15, 25-13), registering their third consecutive AAC win. The victory for Milligan improves their overall record to 5-9 and AAC record to 3-2.
An attack error by Milligan gave Bryan their only lead of the opening set on the first point of the frame. Another two errors by the Buffaloes kept the Lions close at 3-3, but Milligan rallied for a 7-1 run and never looked back. The Buffaloes pressed on and turned their 10-4 advantage into a double-digit difference at 22-12 before sealing the first set 25-14.
Milligan surrendered another free point to start set two and Hope Burnett (SR/Asheville, N.C.) delivered a kill, putting Bryan on top 2-0. The beginning of the second set remained close with Burnett making it a one-point difference at 10-9 with another kill. Unfortunately, the Lions could only scrape up six more points as the Buffs charged ahead for 15 points, taking the second set 25-15 and a 2-0 edge in the contest.
Bryan struggled to stop Milligan as they paced their way to a 7-1 lead in the third set. Two kills apiece by Kristen Parrish (SR/Decatur, Ala.) and Burnett, along with an ace by Rheagan Kean (FR/Chattanooga, Tenn.), gave life to the Lions as they closed the gap to 9-6. Each side took turns capitalizing, but Milligan slowly added onto their lead with the turning point coming at 14-11. Bryan trailed by a mere three points, but the Lions lost sight of the Buffaloes as they outscored Bryan 11-2 to cap the third set 25-13 and take the win via sweep.
Bryan amassed 23 kills and a -.020 attack percentage in the outing, compared to Milligan's 41 kills and .277 average. The Buffaloes impressed on the defensive end by getting the edge in blocks 7-2. Burnett ended with a team-high eight kills and .357 attack percentage, following by Parrish and Brooke Stowell (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.) who tallied four kills apiece. Janie Smith (SO/Chattanooga, Tenn.) notched three kills, and both Kean and Hicks had two kills, respectively. Veronica Salas (JR/Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) led the team in assists with 14 and was second on the squad in total digs with nine, trailing only Parrish who compiled 11.
The Lions will bring play back home when they host conference school Allen University (S.C.) on Friday, Sept. 22 with a scheduled start time of 6:30pm.
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