2017-18 Berry Athletics Top 10 Stories
Over the coming days, the Berry College Department of Athletics will revisit the 2017-18 season with a look at some of the top stories from the year. A new story will be revealed each day (Monday through Friday) from July 10-23.
Volleyball Completes Reverse Sweep in NCAA Tournament
The Vikings Volleyball team entered the 2017 NCAA Tournament after clinching their first Southern Athletic Association (SAA) tournament title since 2013 on Berry's home floor. The team would head down I-75 to Emory for an opening-round matchup with Hanover College, the No. 3 blocking team in the nation. The Vikings escaped with a tight 3-2 victory, led by Hannah Kate Thompson's 53 assists and a career-high 17 kills from Micayla Bedoian.
"In a showing of the No. 2 and No. 3 blocking teams in the nation, the Berry College volleyball team took home a 3-2 thriller over the Hanover College Panthers to advance to the regional semifinals.
All the momentum shifted Berry's way in the fifth set as the Vikings closed it out 15-3. Strong blocking from Carson VanCampen and wise passes from Thompson gave Berry a .462 hitting percentage."
-From the Archives | Berry Vikings Game Recap from Nov. 9, 2017
Berry advanced to face Covenant on Friday night with a shot at the Regional Finals on the line. The Vikings fell to the Scots in straight sets earlier in the season, one of just six losses on the year to that point. Covenant was riding a 17-match winning streak heading into the match.
The Scots jumped out to a 2-0 lead in a blink, taking the first set 25-18 and edging out Berry 25-23 in set two. The Vikings adjusted, taking the next three sets to advance to the Regional Finals for the first time in program history.
"After dropping the first two sets (25-18, 25-23), the Vikings completed a reverse sweep to improve to 30-6 on the year, the program's best record since Berry joined NCAA Divsion III.
Emily Hancock caught fire in the final three sets, finishing with a program-record 27 kills for a five-set match. She also added 27 digs and hit .418 in the contest. Another highlight for the Vikings was Sarah Sprague coming off the bench. The junior had a career night recording 15 kills and hit .314 to help Berry to a win."
-From the Archives | Berry Vikings Game Recap from Nov. 10, 2017
The season came to an end the following night, as the Vikings fell to Emory in straight sets, but Berry closed the year with a 30-7 record. The year was just the second 30-win season since Berry added volleyball in 2003. The banner year also improved head coach Caitlyn Moriarty's record at the helm to 53-17 in two seasons. Hannah Kate Thompson and Emily Hancock were selected to the All-Tournament team.