Bluefield Daily Telegraph
BLUEFIELD, Va. —
Bluefield College claimed the first two sets (25-22, 25-20) on Monday evening in Mid-South Conference volleyball action, but the University of Pikeville took the final three sets (25-21, 25-20, 15-10) to steal a 3-2 win at the Dome Gymnasium.
Bluefield was denied its first MSC win of the season and falls to 4-14, 0-8 in conference play. The Bears move to 12-11 on the year, 2-7 in MSC action.
The first set remained close the entire way through, with neither team gaining much more than a three-point edge. Bluefield owned a 16-15 lead, but a 4-0 run from the visitors swapped the small lead into a three-point deficit for the Rams. Bluefield remained composed through the end of the set and outscored UPike, 9-3 the rest of the way to claim the 25-22 win in the opening set.
UPike pulled out to a 10-7 lead in the second set, but a brief BC rally gave the Rams the lead and they held on for the remainder of the set. A 6-1 run from the hosts pushed the score to 13-11. The Bears came to within one at 15-14 before back-to-back points from Bluefield, who then held a comfortable edge en route to the 25-20 set victory and a 2-0 lead.
However, the Bears pushed forward and began to close out in the late-set situations. The two teams had several ties in the third set, with the last being 20-20 before UPike went on a 5-1 run to earn its first set win of the night.
The fourth set was similar, as the teams were knotted at 11, 15, 17 and finally 18, before the Bears rattled off a 7-2 run to pull even, 2-2.
The teams battled back and forth once again in the deciding set, with ties coming at four, six and finally, seven points. Three straight points from UPike opened a 10-7 edge for the visitors. Bluefield pulled to within one, 12-11, following a Marissa Grice block and kill, but the Bears once again held tight for the finish, claiming the last 15-12.
Jasmine Morrow once again led BC's offense with 25 kills, while Sydney Spencer tallied 34 assists on the night. Morrow also had a team-leading 26 digs, followed by Hannah Winter with 22. Steffi Dutton and Spencer rounded out players with double-digit dig figures with 12 and 11, respectively.
UPike had three different players with double-digit kill totals, led by 13 from Chelsea Staples. Rachel Murphy and Sydney Hall tallied 11, apiece. Sydney Morris tallied 33 assists, while Courtney Hodge contributed 11 more. The Bears digs leader was Dominique Melvin with 35, while Murphy tallied 20 more.
Bluefield returns to action later this week as they travel to take on MSC foes Campbellsville and Lindsey Wilson, Thursday and Friday. Thursday's start is slated for 7 p.m. ET.