ROME, Ga. –The Vikings split its final two matches on Sunday at the 2014 Berry College Invitational. BC defeated Lynchburg (3-0) and lost to Emory (0-3).
Against Lynchburg, set scores were 27-25, 35-20 and 25-22. In the first two sets, BC rallied from behind and closed strong.
Against Emory, the Eagles prevailed by scores of 31-29, 25-14 and 25-20.
Berry College appeared to have EU, ranked second in the nation, on its heels in game one. The Eagles were upset 3-0 by DePauw in the previous match and had to rally from a 20-16 deficit in the opening set versus Berry.
Emory's Leah Jacobs had 27 kills and hit .614 for the match. For Berry, freshman Sarah Priest had seven kills and hit .333. Schmitz added 33 assists for the home club.
Berry is now 2-2 on the season. The Vikings were the only team to beat BC Invitational champion DePauw in the two-day event.
"It was great to have such solid teams here this weekend to give us a real test of where we are doing well and where we need to improve," said Viking Head Coach Mika Robinson. "I am excited about how much this team will grow and improve in the months to come. We head on the road the next two weeks and will continue to play equally strong teams to prepare us for conference play and postseason."
The Vikings travel to Kentucky next weekend for the Transylvania Tournament.
2014 Berry Invitational All Tournament Team
MVP – Faith Rolwes – DePauw
Mary Kate Etling – DePauw
Leah Jacobs – Emory
Jessica Holler – Emory
Sam Page – Lynchburg
Courtney Lowers – Randolph Macon
Gretchen Kaufman - Berry
The final day results were as follows:
-DePauw 3, Lynchburg 0: Mary Kate Etling posted a match-high 12 kills for DePauw. For Lynchburg, Brittany
-Berry 3, Lynchburg 0: Lauren Schmitz dished 32 assists for the victorious Vikings. Sam Page recorded 15 digs for LC.
-DePauw 3, Emory 0: Keely McGrath recorded a match-best 18 digs for DePauw. For Emory, Leah Jacobs notched 13 kills.
-Emory 3, Berry 0: Leah Jacobs spiked 27 kills for the Eagles. Gretchen Kaufman tallied 9 kills for BC.