Tornados tie season-high in blocks in five-set win over King, 3-2
Seaman records 10 blocks to go with 12 kills in victory
Bristol, Tenn. - It was a battle of natural disasters Tuesday night in the King College Student Center as the Brevard College Tornados traveled to take on the King College Tornado in a non-conference match. Defense was the key to the game as Brevard tied a season-high with 16 combined blocks in the match led by Seaman’s 10 total on the evening in winning the five-set match 25-22, 15-25, 25-19, 23-25 and 15-12.
Seaman led all hitters with 12 kills on the day, connecting on 30.3 percent of her attacks. Chelsea Larsen added seven kills, while Bethany Stevenson set up the Tornados attack with 34 set assists.
Rebecca Schoonover led all defenders with 23 digs, and Chelsey Trojan and Cori Emory each recorded double-digit dig efforts with 14 and 11 respectively.
The Tornados had a total of seven players record a block in the game as Jamie Atkinson and Jordei Osby each had six blocks in the game.
King was led by Sarah Van Goethem with 11 kills and Ashley Pittman and Whitney Turner each recorded 10 to lead the Tornado attack. Katie Fleming recorded 45 set assists to set up the attack, while four King players recorded double-digit dig efforts, led by Daria Wilson and Fleming with 13 apiece.
King came out with a 13-6 lead in the first set behind the hitting of Van Goethem, forcing Coach Skeffington to call an early timeout.
Brevard came out of the break scoring the next three points as Seaman connected on a kill and combined with Stevenson for a block as the Tornados brought the score back to 13-9.
The Tornados continued to chip away at the lead, riding a 9-3 run due to the blocking prowess of Seaman and Stevenson in cutting the lead back to one at 16-15.
Chelsey Trojan brought Brevard all the way back, placing a kill down the left line and then serving Brevard to a one-point advantage at 20-19 as Osby emphatically blocked Natalie Brown’s attack. Chelsea Larsen’s kill following the block led to a King time out with Brevard holding the slight edge in game one, 21-19.
Brevard closed out the first set as Turner’s attempt went into the net to give the Tornados the 1-0 lead, 25-22
King broke an early tie with a 5-1 run to go up 11-6 in the second set behind the play of Pittman and Kaitlyn Musick.
The Tornados cut the lead back within three but the home Tornado again built a five-point lead to go up 17-12 in the second set, forcing a BC timeout.
King would ride the wave of momentum in closing out the second set and evening the score at 1, 25-15.
The Tornado came out with a 14-9 lead in the pivotal third set behind the hitting of Katie Fleming, but Brevard rallied back as Trojan’s kill cut the lead back to one at 16-15.
The Tornados completed the comeback at 25-19 as Fleming’s serve went into the net to put the guests up 2-1.
Neither team was able to build a lead in the first 30 points of play in the fourth set as Brevard and King were tied at 15 halfway through the set.
King broke up the trading points, going up 17-15 on a kill by Ashtan Hiber.
The lead expanded to 20-17 before the Tornados brought the game back at an even 20 on the solo block by Seaman.
King took the late lead at 24-23 off the kill by Van Goethem and the freshman tied up the game at 2 with another kill to finish the set 25-23.
Brevard held the lead at 8-7 at the crossover as Trojan found a hole in the King defense but the Tornado came back to take the 10-9 lead after Musick’s kill, forcing a Brevard time out.
Brevard came back scoring the next three points as Larsen hammered home a kill and Schoonover fired in a service ace to go up 12-10 and the Tornados would take home the win in the five-set thriller, 15-12, on Seaman’s final kill of the evening.
Brevard jumps back into conference play on Friday, October 30th as they travel to Harrogate, Tenn. to take on South Atlantic Conference opponent Lincoln Memorial. First serve between the Tornados and the Lady Railsplitters is set for 6:30 p.m.