Lady Barons' season ends in regionals

MOUNT VERNON -- Brewton-Parker College's first venture into NAIA regional volleyball play was short-lived but still a worthwhile experience for the Lady Barons and coach Jason Bryant.

The Lady Barons lost both their matches in pool play Friday, Nov. 21, both by 3-0 counts after Bryant said they played well in the first games of each match.

The fifth-seeded Lady Barons were paired against top-seeded Spring Hill College (Ala.) and third-seeded Faulkner University (Ala.), which defeated Brewton-Parker twice in winning the Georgia-Alabama-Carolina Conference postseason tournament at BPC on Nov. 13-15.

"We played pretty well in both first games, but we didn't come back out for either match with the same confidence," said Bryant, whose team finished the year with a 25-19 record.

"But we were glad to be there. The experience our girls had, especially by the underclassmen, should help us in the future and give us a shot to win and not just be happy to make it."

Spring Hill and Faulkner won their respective semifinal matches to make Saturday's championship match, with Spring Hill winning again 3-0.

"We had a great year," Bryant said of the Lady Barons' second straight 20-win season and a school-best 7-5 record in GACC play. "We overcame some early adversity and injuries, with the freshmen stepping up the way they did and the upperclassment stepping up more than they had already."