Tornados open four-game road trip, drop one to LMU
Seaman's 13 kills not enough as Brevard falls in four
Harrogate, Tenn. - Brooke Seaman had 13 kills in the Tornados’ South Atlantic Conference match against Lincoln Memorial on Friday night, but the Lady Railsplitters’ Amanda Horenkamp matched her with 16 kills and 16 digs as LMU won the match in four sets, 25-12, 24-26, 25-18, 25-14.
Chelsea Larsen joined Seaman in the kill leaders with nine in the contest as Brevard (12-13, 1-12 SAC) connected on 15.9 percent of their attacks on the evening.
Bethany Stevenson set up the Tornados attack with 35 assists, while on defense Rebecca Schoonover led all players with 18 digs. Chelsey Trojan also achieved double-digit digs with 11, while Cori Emory finished one shy at nine.
Kodi Cartwright had 11 kills for Lincoln Memorial and Alison Hess added 10 to join Horenkamp in the double-digit column as the Lady Railsplitters hit 30.3 percent on the evening. Lauren Kiwacka had 28 assists to set up the LMU attack, while on defense, Alicia MacIntyre tied Horenkamp with a team-high 16 digs.
Lincoln Memorial came out in the first set swinging, going up 9-4 as Hess connected twice in the early going.
Seaman and Ashlie Morrison connected late in the first set for the Tornados, attempting to bring it back, but Horenkamp sealed the first set in favor of the home team, 25-12.
The second set was a seesaw affair early as the teams were tied up at 5-5 after a service ace by Brittany Pugh, but following her service error on her next attempt, the Tornados rallied to go up 14-8 as Larsen found the floor three times and Seaman pounded the ball to the ground.
Lincoln Memorial came back, keeping the game within two before finally tying it at 23 and at 24 on Brittany Pugh’s serve, but a kill by BC freshman Jamie Atkinson put the Tornados up 25-24 and a bad set by MacIntyre on the ensuing play evened up the score at 1, as Brevard took the second set, 26-24.
The Lady Railsplitters built a lead in the third set, going up 9-5 behind the play of Candace Richardson and Horenkamp, but the Tornados used a four-point swing to take the lead at 11-10 on Emory’s serve.
The Tornados remained within striking distance at 19-17 in favor of Lincoln Memorial before a kill by Ashlie Morrison cut the deficit down to one, but the Lady Railsplitters recorded the next six points to win the third set, 25-18.
LMU came out in the fourth set and built a 13-6 lead before Jordei Osby, Larsen and Morrison connected to cut the score down to 14-10.
However, Lincoln Memorial continued to build their lead, going up 18-13 and scoring seven of the last eight points in sealing the win, 25-14.
The Tornados continue their four-game road trip tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. to take on the Carson-Newman Lady Eagles. First serve between Brevard and Carson-Newman is set for 3 p.m.