Tornados drop two on Senior Day to Catawba and Limestone
Morrison, Rogers, Osby, Smatana and Stevenson play final match in Boshamer
Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados recognized seniors Bethany Stevenson, Cassie Smatana, Jordei Osby, Ashlie Morrison and Lindsey Rogers after the Tri-Match on Saturday as Brevard fell on Senior Day to Catawba and Limestone in Boshamer Gymnasium.
Catawba defeated Limestone in the second match of the afternoon to go undefeated on the day to improve to 18-6 on the season, while the split leaves Limestone with a 15-15 overall record.
Match One: Catawba 3, Brevard 0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-10)
Morrison led Brevard (6-22, 0-16 SAC) with nine kills, while Kortney Conner and Rogers had 12 digs apiece, but Kaitlyn Whitmer led all players with 10 kills as the Indians defeated the Tornados in straight sets in the first match of the day.
The Indians scored the first six points of the match and nine of the first 10 in building a 14-3 lead after a block by Emily Richardson and Shay Meeks. Brevard battled back on kills by Conner and Morrison, but the comeback fell short as the Indians took the first set 25-11.
The Tornados battled back in the second set, cutting the score to 13-12 following a Morrison kill and continued to keep the set close late in the match behind kills by Morrison and Taryn Gmitroski to cut the score to 22-20, but a BC attack error gave the Indians the second set, 25-21.
The Indians again jumped ahead in the third set, scoring 13 of the first 16 points on their way to closing out the match with the 25-10 victory.
Match Two: Catawba 3, Limestone 1 (27-29, 25-16, 25-15, 25-14)
Richardson and Jordan Raye helped the Indians bounce back from a first set defeat and Shay Meeks added nine kills as Catawba overcame an 18 kill performance by Jordan Preville in defeating the Saints in four sets.
Catawba held the 17-12 advantage in the first set following a Raye kill, but Limestone battled back scoring six of the next seven points to tie the match up at 18 apiece on a kill by Holli Dawson. Neither team was able to build more than a one point advantage the rest of the way before back-to-back kills by Preville gave the Saints the hard-fought 29-27 set win.
Limestone again battled back to tie up the second set at 10 apiece, but the Indians went on a 7-0 run to build a 17-12 advantage on their way to evening up the match after Richardson’s kill gave Catawba the 25-16 victory.
A late 6-0 run in the third set gave the Indians the 2-1 advantage as Raye closed out the 25-15 set with a kill, while Raye and Taylor Doss recorded the block to end the match in the fourth set, capping off the 25-14 victory.
Match Three: Limestone 3, Brevard 1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19)
Morrison recorded a team high 11 kills in her final match in Boshamer Gymnasium and Conner added 10, but Preville continued to have the hot hand for the Saints with a match high 19 kills as Limestone defeated the Tornados in four sets.
A 5-0 run midway through the first set, capped by a Brittany Henderson kill gave the Saints the 15-8 advantage, but a late comeback by the Tornados led by an Erin Cox point fell short as Limestone struck first with the 25-19 victory.
The Saints built a 16-9 lead before the Tornados started their largest comeback of the game, scoring nine of the next 11 points behind six combined blocks to even the score at 18 apiece and a kill by Conner gave Brevard their first advantage of the game at 19-18. With the score tied at 22 apiece, the Tornados closed out set with a Morrison kill, a Cox ace and a Limestone error to even the match at 1 apiece.
The third set remained up for grabs at 19-18 after a Cox service ace, but the Danielle Seibert and Henderson combined for a block, starting a 6-1 run to close out the set on a Preville kill to give Limestone the 25-19 victory.
In the final set a late Brevard comeback sparked by a trio of Morrison kills fell short as Kassie Boedeker closed out the set with a kill to end the match, 25-19.
The Tornados return to the road next weekend as they travel to Harrogate, Tenn. to take on South Atlantic Conference opponent Lincoln Memorial on Friday, November 4th. First serve between the Tornados and the Railsplitters is set for 6:30 p.m.