Berea Struggles Against Covenant College on Senior Night

Destiney Balser with her family and coaches during her senior night celebration.
Destiney Balser with her family and coaches during her senior night celebration.

Berea, KY- Tonight was the conclusion of the home portion of the volleyball team's schedule, meaning it was the night to honor Destiney Balser, the lone senior on the squad. The match tonight came against an opponent from the USA South, the Covenant College Scots.

After a bad set by the visiting Scots gave Berea their first point, the Mountaineers took a 3-2 advantage on a kill followed by a service ace, both from Isis Hill. A kill from Kristin Barnes ended a scoreless streak for Berea, changing the score to 7-4 with Covenant in the lead. A streak of 10 consecutive points by the Scots pushed them ahead 17-5. Trailing 20-6, Berea used two kills each from Barnes and Hill, along with a service ace from Bailie Parker to score five straight points to try to bring themselves back into the set. The home team would be unable to complete the comeback as Covenant went on to win the first set 25-15.

A service ace from Barnes to go along with a kill from Mersiha Mustafic helped the Mountaineers take a 3-0 lead in the opening minutes of the second set. The visiting Scots came back and tied the match but Berea did not give up the lead until with the score tied 6-6, Covenant scored 19 of the last 23 points to win the second set 25-10 and take a 2-0 lead.

The third set started like the other two sets, but unlike the first two sets though, the third set remained close throughout. A service ace and kill from Hill along with a kill from Barnes helped the Mountaineers push ahead 3-1. After giving up the lead to Covenant, a block assist from Balser and Hill brought Berea back within three points of the lead, 12-9. With the score 20-16, two straight points from a Caitlyn Miller kill and a Balser service ace allowed the Mountaineers to cut the deficit to two points but the ball did not continue to fall Berea's way as they went on to fall 25-20 and lose the match 3-0.

Hill led the way on the offensive end for the Mountaineers with 10 kills while Balser, in the last home game of her career, had 23 assists for the team. Defensively, Parker and Barnes finished with double-digit digs, finishing with 12 and 10, respectively.  

Berea dips out of conference for their next match when they return to the road to travel to Tennessee to take on Sewanee. First serve is scheduled for 6:00 PM on Friday and the information on how to follow all the action live can be found at the home for Berea College Athletics, www.bereaathletics.com.