COLUMBUS – The Columbus State University women’s volleyball team clinched its spot in the Peach Belt Conference Tournament with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-20) win over Montevallo Friday night. The match took place inside the Lumpkin Center.
With the win, CSU (15-13, 6-12 PBC) will be the eighth seed in the upcoming PBC Tournament. The Lady Cougars will take on either USC Aiken or Flagler next Thursday, November 18 in Milledgeville, Ga.
Mary McCarty and Zoemy Barreto Pereira each had 10 kills for CSU with Barreto Pereira hitting .400 in the match. Kylie Beaubien had eight kills with four aces and four digs. Abby King had another double-double with 27 assists and 11 digs.
Senior Caytlin Merritt set a new program record for digs in a season after grabbing 12 in the match. Merritt now has 464 this season.
“This was such a great win for this team,” said head coach Casey Cornett. “With this being senior night, it was a very emotional match for the girls and they delivered. We played very polished and we’re excited to keep this season going.”
It was all Columbus State in the opening set as they Lady Cougars hit .407 with just two errors. In a 4-4 match, CSU strung together four straight points to open up a lead. All four kills were from different players, including seniors McCarty, Andrea Skipor and Megan Frame.
CSU had a 14-11 lead until a massive run put the set away. The Lady Cougars won 11 of the final 13 points to take the set 25-13. The seniors were once again key in the spurt as McCarty and Beaubien played huge roles down the stretch.
The momentum carried over into the second set for Columbus State as the Lady Cougars raced out to an 8-1 lead. CSU won the first seven points of the set, including four kills from McCarty.
Montevallo (12-16, 5-13) once again tried to rally, but to no avail. After cutting the margin down to 14-10, CSU won the next six points to extend the lead to 20-10. The Lady Cougars closed the set with a kill from Barreto Pereira and an ace from Beaubien.
Set three was tight early with the Falcons fighting to extend their season. Montevallo took a 7-3 lead until the Lady Cougars rallied to tie the match at nine-all. From there, the two sides would start exchanging points until UM took a 17-14 lead.
However, the Lady Cougars roared back winning 10 of the next 11 points to take a commanding 24-18 lead. CSU picked up three more service aces in the run as well as a block. UM won two points before Frame closed the door shut with her final kill inside the Lumpkin Center to give CSU a 25-20 set victory.
More information about the PBC Tournament will come next week after the conclusion of the PBC schedule.