Anna Owens leads way with 15 kills and Kristen Parrish gets career high 32 digs for Bryan Lions
September 26, 2017
Dayton, TN — A season-high 15 kills by freshman outside hitter Anna Owens and career-high 32 digs by senior defensive specialist Kristen Parrish highlighted the Bryan College Lions Volleyball team’s dominating performance over fellow Appalachian Athletic Conference opponent Allen University (S.C.) Friday night in Summers Gymnasium. The Lions entered the contest on a four-game losing streak but were determined to turn things around heading into the heart of conference play this season, and that’s just what they did as they posted season-best numbers with 52 total kills and .232 attack percentage in the 3-1 victory.
It was a quick opening two sets as the Lions clawed their way to a 10-3 advantage before sealing the first set 25-16 and went on to edge past Allen early in the second set and never surrendered the lead en route to a 25-19 second set score. Both sides were leveled at the midway point of the third set as the Yellow Jackets swarmed Bryan for their only set win in the outing, 25-22. Allen attempted to come from behind in the fourth set, but Bryan wasn’t easily shaken as they ended the frame 25-18 for the win. The Lions improve their overall record to 2-3 and overall record to 3-12 while causing the Yellow Jackets to fall to 4-6 overall and remain winless in conference at 0-5.
Other Lions to excel were Mariah Dunlop who tallied 11 kills and a .250 kills average, Emalie Hicks with the only other double-digit kills at 10 and a .214, assist’s leader Veronica Salas who notched 21 and eight digs, and Sidney Pierce who compiled 17 assists and eight total digs. Brooke Stowell led Bryan with the highest attack percentage after putting away nine kills for a .333 average. Four kills and .235 were notable marks for Hope Burnett, but her defense is what caused issues for Allen as she seemed impassable at the net with five block assists.
As a team, Bryan easily outhit Allen with 52 kills compared to their 39 and averaged .232 while the Yellow Jackets struggled at .081.
In recorded history, the Lions have never lost to the Yellow Jackets and continued the streak with the impressive showing against Allen this year. Another team that Bryan has a reputation of controlling is another AAC foe, Columbia College (S.C.). According to recorded history, the decision has gone the Lion’s way 10 times and the Koala’s just twice. Bryan has the chance to lockdown Columbia once again tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 23 when the Lions host the Koalas at 11am.
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