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BPC qualifies for volleyball regionals

With a strong finish, combined with a very strong regular-season schedule, the Brewton-Parker Lady Barons have earned a berth in the NAIA Region XIII Championships this weekend in Cleveland, Tenn.

The Lady Barons are in the regional tournament for the second time in three years and begin play in the six-team regional tournament Friday, with action continuing Saturday.

“We played well in the conference tournament and got the bid needed to qualify for the regional,” said Brewton-Parker coach Jason Bryant, whose team (16-22) went 1-2 in the Southern States Athletic Conference Championships on Thursday and Friday, also at Lee University in Cleveland.

The fourth-seeded Lady Barons, who were 7-4 in conference play and co-champions of the SSAC South Division, opened tournament play with a 3-1 match win over Southern Wesleyan University (S.C.) and led top-seeded Lee in the first game of their next match before the Lady Flames rallied and scored a 3-0 sweep.

Finally, in a point-for-point elimination match, Brewton-Parker came up short in the fifth game against South co-champion Faulkner University (Ala.), which was a surprise first-round loser to Shorter College. Lee (23-10) defeated Berry College 3-1 in Saturday’s championship match for its second straight SSAC title.

Three Lady Barons earned All-Conference honors. Senior outside hitter Latika Thomas of Hawthorne, Fla., and junior defensive specialist Debbie Sooter of Meridian, Idaho, were named first-team All-Conference selections, while junior outside hitter/defensive specialist Chrissy Murphy of Savannah was named second-team All-Conference. Sooter also made the All-Academic Team.

“All three of these young ladies have played well all year,” Bryant said. “We are very proud of them.

“But we know it takes all of us working together to make this happen. These young ladies have worked extremely hard this season. It started slow, they could have called it a season in the middle of it, but they were not going to let that happen.”

Brewton-Parker played just five of its first 25 matches at home and at one time 11-18 overall, but the Lady Barons won four of their next five matches to finish strong.

“They stepped up and kept fighting, with that we are in regionals,” Bryant said. “We give all praise to the Lord Jesus as well. We have been on the road a lot and have been mostly injury free. All good things come from Him and we want to honor Him with our play.”

Brewton-Parker is the sixth seed in the six-team Region XIII tournament, which includes four SSAC teams. Lee is the top seed, Berry (27-10) the No. 2 seed and Faulkner (23-21) the No. 5 seed. Spring Hill College (Ala.) is the third seed at 19-9 and Belhaven College (Miss.) is the No. 4 seed at 15-8.

The Lady Barons are pooled with Berry, against which they lost 3-0 at home, and Belhaven, against which they lost twice on neutral courts.


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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM