Bryan College Lions fall to Bluefield Rams in tough volleyball match

Written by: Katie Bragg, staff writer

DAYTON, Tenn – On March 4 at 6:30 p.m., the Bryan College varsity volleyball team faced a tough game against the Bluefield Rams. The Lions won two matches and the Rams won three. Even with the team’s defeat, there was much excitement in Summer’s Gymnasium as students and family gathered to support their Lady Lions. 

The starting rotation included Rheagan Kean, Sarah Moore, MyKayla Hampton, Abby Rector, Gigi Ford, and Shirah Foor. The Lions began their game strong by scoring the first point and taking the lead throughout the first set. They overcame the Rams with a score of 25-20.

The second set began strong for the Lions but resulted in a tie (15-15) in the first timeout. The Rams gradually pushed past the Lions and claimed their victory in the second set with a score of 25-19. 

The third set was a close competition for the Lions and the Rams. Bluefield started in the lead and Bryan topped them in the first timeout with a score of 19-16. The Bryan Lions proceeded to their win and finished the set with a score of 25-21.

The Lions took the first point in the fourth set and tied with the Rams several times as the set continued. The Rams eventually took the lead and won against the Lions with a score of 25-18. 

The Lions struggled in the final set as the Rams kept their score a couple of points ahead throughout the match. The Bluefield Rams triumphed at the end of the set with a score of 15-12. This resulted in a match final of 2-3. 

The Lions may have lost this battle, but they fought hard and received much encouragement from fans in the gym. 

“Despite tonight’s loss, there was so much joy in the gym,” said junior varsity volleyball player and spectator Mary Laxton. “There were some great plays from the athletes and it really helped that the fans were there to cheer them on.” 

Katie Bragg is a freshman at Bryan College with a major in communication, media, and culture and a minor in worship arts. In high school, Bragg participated in various activities such as gymnastics, 4-H clubs, and the worship team at her church. She enjoys writing and hopes to pursue a career in media.