Lady Barons rally for win over LaGrange

The Brewton-Parker College volleyball team began this week looking to build off a five-game victory Saturday that helped offset four straight losses for the Lady Barons.

The 3-2 win over LaGrange College, in the Lady Panthers' Coca-Cola Invitational, ended a run of three straight 3-0 losses for Brewton-Parker in the tournament Friday and Saturday.

Brewton-Parker lost to Huntingdon College (Ala.) and Savannah College of Art and Design on Friday before taking another 3-0 defeat Saturday against Dillard University (La.), the No. 4 team in NAIA Region XIII.

"Things were going bad and it was heart-check time," Lady Barons coach Jason Bryant said. "We turned things around against LaGrange. We fought and scratched against them. I thought the girls played hard through adversity. I kept pushing them and some of them stepped up and made things happen."

Freshman middle hitter Jessica Ulin of Savannah made the all-tournament team, and Bryant also credited junior middle hitter KC Cheshire of Marietta, freshman outside hitter Debbie Sooter of Meridian, Ind., and junior outside hitter Latika Thomas of Gainesville, Fla., for their standout play.

"We are hoping the momentum from that last win carries over to this week and we can get back on track," said Bryant, whose team began a busy week Tuesday night with a nonconference match against Edward Waters College at home.

The Lady Barons then travel to Rome, Ga., to play Shorter College at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a rematch of their Sept. 23 match at the Student Activites Center, won by Brewton-Parker 3-0.

"That was a good win for us," Bryant said of the Lady Barons' improving to 2-2 in Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference action with the sweep. "We really needed that conference win."

Momentum from that win carried over to the first two games of Brewton-Parker's match the next night at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, where the Lady Barons took a 2-0 lead. However, the momentum pendulum swung when Oglethorpe rallied for a 3-2 win, and the lull seemingly continued into Friday at LaGrange.

The week's run left the Lady Barons with a 10-7 overall record.

After Wednesday's match, Brewton-Parker then goes to Macon for the Wesleyan College Tournament on Friday and Saturday and travels to Gainesville on Tuesday, Oct. 7, for a 5 p.m. GACC match against Brenau University at 5 p.m.


Brewton-Parker College senior middle hitter Mindy Cooper (No. 15) and junior outside hitter Shanti Cortese (No. 12) team up for a block against Shorter College sophomore hitter Glenny Cepeda during the teams' Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference volleyball match at the Student Activities Center on the Brewton-Parker campus in Mount Vernon. (Photo by Charles Conkin)