|Columbia (S.C.)||Indv. Leaders||Bryan College|
|#5 Jaida Carter - 13||Kills||#19 Mariah Dunlop - 10|
|#5 Jaida Carter - 2||Blocks||2 Players (#10,#14) - 1|
|#14 Shanae Hughes - 12||Digs||#4 Kristen Parrish - 11|
|#6 Taylor Rawl - 3||Aces||#6 Veronica Salas - 4|
|Columbia (S.C.)||Team Statistics||Bryan College|
Dayton, Tenn. – Both Allen University (S.C.) and Columbia College (S.C.) fell victim to Bryan Volleyball over the weekend as the Lions captured a pair of Appalachian Athletic Conference victories. Bryan downed Allen in four sets on Friday before silencing Columbia through three straight sets on Saturday, improving their conference record to 3-3 and overall record to 4-12. The Lions used 35 kills and nearly a .200 attack percentage (.198) to top the Koalas of Columbia, led by Mariah Dunlop (JR/Bradenton, Fla. )'s team-high 10 kills and .240 average along with Hope Burnett (SR/Asheville, N.C.)'s six put-aways and blistering .417 average. Other notable performances came from Anna Owens (FR/Thompsons Station, Tenn.) who registered seven kills (.167) and Emalie Hicks (SO/Calhoun, Ga.) who tallied six (.267). Veronica Salas (JR/Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) was busy setting up Bryan on the attack as she recorded a team-best 19 assists, followed by Sidney Pierce (FR/Chickamauga, Ga.)'s 11. Salas also led all players with four aces. On defense, the duo of Kristen Parrish (SR/Decatur, Ala.) and Rheagan Kean (FR/Chattanooga, Tenn.) guided the team with a combined 21 digs—11 from Parrish and 10 from Kean. The only edge Columbia had was a mere 2-1 advantage in the block count.
Bryan's first sweep of the season began in comeback fashion as Columbia jumped out to an early lead in the opening set 4-1 and wouldn't surrender control to the Lions until a kill by Dunlop and assist by Pierce tied the score 16-16 before a set error by the Koalas put Bryan on top 17-16. Even though Columbia managed to level the score at 17 apiece and again at 18-18, Bryan remained in front and used a 5-0 run to end any hopes of the Koalas. Brooke Stowell (SR/Knoxville, Tenn.) and Burnett made a stop at the net, Salas dealt two aces, and Salas connected with Owens for a pair of kills to complete the run, allowing the Lions a 23-18 advantage. An attack error by Columbia left Bryan in search of only one more point, and Owens served a dagger for the 25-19 first set win.
The Koalas showed tenacity in the second set as each side battled for an early lead with Columbia finally creating some separation at 10-7. What they didn't see coming was another rally by the Lions who answered with a 5-1 run to regain the lead at 12-11. The Koalas were able to tie the score at 12-12 and one more time at 16-16, but the Lions never gave up the advantage as they closed out set number two 25-20.
Bryan has struggled to close out matches via sweep and led the home crowd to believe that Columbia might be allowed at least one set as the Koalas owned a 13-8 lead in the last frame. The slow start wouldn't define the outcome as the Lions were determined to end the day with a shutout and pieced together a remarkable 10-0 run to stun Columbia. Up 18-13, Bryan saw only four more points go to the Koalas as they blanked them 3-0 with a final set score of 25-17, keeping Columbia without a win at 0-11 on the year.
The Lions look to lock in another AAC win as they head to Barbourville, Ky. on Tuesday, Sept. 26 for a meeting with Union College at 6:30pm. The Bulldogs are currently on a 13-game winning streak and are receiving votes in the NAIA top-25 poll, good enough for the No. 1 spot in the conference.
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