Tornados unable to keep pace on the road, 3-0
Rollins has 11 kills in loss to Catawba
Salisbury, N.C. - Erin Rollins had a career high 11 kills and added two blocks, while Bethany Stevenson contributed 18 set assists, but Shay Meeks and Kaitlyn Whitmer both reach double-digits in kills as the Indians hit 44.2 percent for the match as Brevard fell to Catawba in straight sets, 25-10, 25-23, 25-15.
Rollins hit 52.9 percent for the match for Brevard (3-8, 0-5 SAC) in leading the team with 11 kills, while Ashlie Morrison added six. Jamie Atkinson and Jordei Osby both contributed four kills in the game and Lindsey Rogers had seven digs to pace the BC defense.
Meeks had a match high 15 kills and Whitmer contributed 11 for the Indians who improve to 10-3, 5-2 in the South Atlantic Conference on the season. Jordan Raye added 28 assists and Jenny Young and Whitmer had 14 digs apiece for Catawba.
A 7-1 Catawba run broke a 3-3 tie in the first set and another late 7-0 run capped by a kill by Alli Parrish led the way to the Indians taking the opening set, 25-10.
The Tornados bounced back in the second set, scoring five of the first six points as a service ace by Morrison put BC up 5-1. BC continued to build the lead as Morrison’s kill put the Tornados up 10-5, but the Indians steadily came back, tying up the match on a kill by Whitmer to knot the match up at 17. The final points were tough as neither team built more than a one point advantage, but following a kill by Osby, Raye put the set away to give the Indians the 25-23 victory.
Kills by Taryn Gmitroski, Osby and Morrison put the Tornados within two early in the third set at 10-8, but an 8-1 run on Whitmer’s serve gave the Indians a commanding 18-9 lead. Brevard continued to fight back on kills by Rollins, Erin Cox and Lindsey Rogers, but the Indians were able to seal the sweep on a kill by Haley Lanier, ending the match with the 25-15 victory.
The Tornados remain on the road as they step out of conference play for a match on Wednesday, September 28th against Belmont Abbey. First serve between the Tornados and the Crusaders in Belmont, N.C. is set for 6:30 p.m.