Tornados fall in home opener to Wolves, 3-0
Conner leads way with nine kills in front of capacity crowd in Boshamer
Brevard, N.C. - Behind a full capacity crowd in Boshamer Gymnasium and Kortney Conner’s nine kills, the Tornados took on the Wolves on Friday evening in South Atlantic Conference action, but it was not enough as Samantha Parrish led Newberry with 10 kills and Lindsey Hollingsworth added 20 digs as Brevard fell in straight sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-23.
Newberry (6-4, 1-1 SAC) took advantage of four consecutive Brevard (3-4, 0-2 SAC) attack errors to take an early lead in the match, going up 6-1 following a kill by Madison Schultz. The Tornados battled back, cutting the deficit to three at 9-6 during Lindsey Rogers’ serve, but the Wolves took advantage of several BC service errors to build a 22-14 lead on their way to closing out the first set on a kill by Parrish.
After several lead changes, the Tornados built the largest lead in the second set as Rogers placed in a kill and a Newberry error gave Brevard a 17-13 lead. However, the Wolves rallied back, taking the lead at 21-19 after three consecutive service aces by Lisa Ross. The Tornados closed the gap on a kill by Conner, but it was not enough as the Wolves went up 2-0 with the 25-21 victory.
The teams battled to a stand-still through the first 20 points of the final set, sitting tied at 10 apiece after a kill by BC’s Jamie Atkinson, but Newberry went on a 6-1 run sparked by Chelsea Mayor’s serve to go up 16-11. The Tornados fought to close the gap, bringing the game all the way back to within one point at 24-23, but Sydney Yeomans’ final serve of the match went long as Brevard was unable to avoid the sweep in falling in straight sets.
Conner led the way for Brevard with nine kills and added nine digs in the effort, while Ashlie Morrison contributed seven kills of her own. Atkinson added five kills and a match high five blocks on the effort, while Bethany Stevenson contributed 13 set assists. Yeomans and Rogers both were in double-digits in the digs category, with Yeomans recording a team-high 16, while Rogers chipped in 10.
Parrish led all hitters on the evening with 10 kills on the night, while Schultz and Amanda Soper added five kills apiece to pace the Wolves attack. Blair Browning contributed 15 set assists on the match, while Ross led the way with three of Newberry’s six service aces. On the backline, Hollingsworth led all players with 20 digs.
The Tornados remain at home in the friendly confines of Boshamer Gymnasium and in South Atlantic Conference action as they welcome Anderson University to Brevard, N.C. tomorrow afternoon. First serve between the Tornados and the Trojans is set for 2 p.m.