Atkinson, Morrison lead Tornados in 3-1 defeat to Newberry
Brevard hits 34.6 percent from the floor in second set victory
Newberry, S.C. - Jamie Atkinson and Ashlie Morrison led the way for the Tornados with seven kills apiece as Brevard hit 34.6 percent from the floor in the second set, but the Wolves rallied behind Amanda Soper’s 17 kills as Brevard fell in Eleazer Arena on Friday evening, 25-18, 19-25, 25-19, 25-14.
Kortney Conner added six kills and Taryn Gmitroski lead the Tornados (4-15, 0-12 SAC) with four total blocks as Brevard fell in conference play to the Wolves. Bethany Stevenson added a team high 13 set assists, while Lindsey Rogers led the Brevard backline with 18 digs.
Samantha Parrish and Jessica King were also in double-digits in the kills category for Newberry (11-10, 4-7 SAC), with Parrish recording 14 kills, while King added 10. Blair Browning set up the Wolves attack with 35 set assists, while Lauren Prachar had a match-high 19 digs to lead three Newberry players in double figures.
Newberry jumped out to an 8-2 lead led by a pair of Parrish kills on their way to going up 16-9. The Tornados battled back behind a service ace by Gmitroski and the freshman from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada added three block assists as Brevard closed the gap down to 23-17. However, kills by Madison Schultz and Soper closed out the set to put Newberry up 1-0.
The Tornados returned the favor in the second set, going up 16-9 led by a trio of kills by Kortney Conner. Newberry closed the gap on a pair of King kills and a block by Anne Staudinger and Schultz, cutting the lead down to 17-13. Brevard responded as Cassie Smatana placed in the kill to end the Wolves’ run and Conner closed out the 25-19 set victory with her fourth kill to even the match at one set apiece.
Brevard continued to have the hot hand at the beginning of the third set, going up 12-6 after a kill by Jordei Osby. Newberry fought back, going on a 14-3 run capped by a kill by Soper to go up 20-15. A Smanata service ace brought the Tornados back to within three at 21-18, but Parrish gave the hosts the set victory with a kill off the assist from Browning to put the Wolves up 2-1 with the 25-19 set win.
Newberry recorded the first four points of the final set and 11 of the first 13 on their way to building a 21-9 lead. Back-to-back kills by Joy Oswalt and Osby kept the Tornados in contention, but Soper closed out the match with her final kill as Newberry swept the season series over the Tornados.
Brevard remains on the road in conference action Saturday afternoon as they make the trip to Anderson, S.C. to take part in a tri-match hosted by Anderson University. The Tornados will take on the Trojans in a South Atlantic Conference match at 1 p.m., while taking on Francis Marion University at 3 p.m.