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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
“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
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.