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Lady Barons go 50-50 in weekend volleyball games

BPC's Jenna Kessinich (#13) and Megan Johnson (#5) block a Southern Wesleyan spike
BPC Junior Jenna Kessenich (#13) and Sophomore Megan Johnson (#5) block a Southern Wesleyan spike Sept. 30 at home. Photo by Hayley Boisseau

By Terrance Goss

BPC News and Public Information sports writer

MOUNT VERNON—The Lady Barons volleyball team had a sweet run against Claflin College Sept. 29, beating them 3-0.

The home game did not appear to be a struggle for the Lady Barons, who were led by the usual team suspects: La Treace Johnson, Ta Sheena Brown and Jenna Kessenich. Claflin didn’t really put up much of a fight in the first or second series, letting the Lady Barons completely run them over. As the third series came around, Claflin decided to step it up a notch and bring a little heat to Brewton-Parker, but by then the Lady Barons could not be stopped.

Following their blowout win over Claflin, the Lady Barons played Southern Wesleyan University Sept. 30, also at home. The Lady Barons came out struggling against Southern Wesleyan’s Lady Warriors. The Lady Warriors had a good offensive front line, making it very difficult for Brewton-Parker to make any real power moves on them.

BPC’s Brown and Kessenich made some advances toward putting a stop to the Lady Warriors but they were just too powerful. The Lady Barons gave a good push in the third series but couldn’t pull out the victory, losing the series 2-3.

BPC captain Jenna Kessenich (#13) attempts to put the ball past a Paine College front
BPC Women’s Volleyball Team Captain Jenna Kessenich (#13) attempts to put the ball past Paine College’s strong front line Oct. 7 at home. Photo by Hayley Boisseau

In last weekend’s play, Brewton-Parker lost a 0-3 match against Southern States Athletic Conference competitor Lee University Oct. 7, but dominated 3-0 over Paine College later in the day. The Lady Barons stand 2-3 in SSAC play and 9-12 overall.

Coach Jason Bryant was impressed with the Lady Baron’s play Oct. 7.

“We played really well this past weekend. We lost to Lee, a nationally-ranked team, however, we played them as well as we have ever played against them. Our young ladies played hard and were not intimidated. We went after lose balls and made plays. We are not as good as they are but we proved we can play with them,” Bryant said. “Then we played Paine College, a NCAA division 2 team and swept them. Earlier in the season we played Paine and defeated them in five games. This shows our improvement over the season. A team we once struggled with, we defeated soundly.”

Bryant is proud of his team’s improvements since the beginning of the season and lists each member’s highlights and strengths.

“Sheena Brown is beginning to dominate from an offensive perspective. Jenna Kessenich is becoming the steady dependable force we thought she could be. Elizabeth Hindly is setting as well as she has her whole career. Latrice Johnson is getting smarter each time out, meaning she is becoming the all-around player she needs to be for us to be successful. Jessica Ulin is once again playing as hard as she can and this has to be inspirational for the rest of the team. Debbie Sooter continues to lead the conference as the best defensive player in this conference.

“One of the brightest spots on this team this year is how each player off the bench has accepted their role. Sara Kessenich is filling in at offside and middle and doing an exceptional job. She plays often in the back up spot on the offside behind starter Megan Johnson. Megan is steady and dependable and has become one of the best servers on our team. Also filling in at the offside as well as the power slots is freshman Keri Reece. Keri is doing a great job for us right now. She serves, and scores when called upon. Also doing a tremendous job serving is Callie Bynum. Callie is also doing a good job setting. Callie’s work ethic is second to none. Kendra Brown, Halley Tanner and Ashley Shiver are also playing well when called upon. Ashley Byrd came in the game against Paine and served the last three points for the win.”   

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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM