Brevard, N.C. - Kortney Conner led all players with 12 kills on the evening, but Lauren Billo and Stormi Gale placed in 10 apiece for the visiting Bulldogs as the Tornados fell on Tuesday evening in Boshamer Gymnasium, 25-18, 27-25, 25-13.
Conner led the Tornados (2-10, 0-7 SAC) as Brevard hit 18.3 percent in the match as a team. Ashlie Morrison added nine kills and Jordei Osby placed in eight to pace the Tornados attack, while Bethany Stevenson had 26 set assists.
Rebecca Schoonover led Brevard on the backline with 16 digs, while Osby contributed six total blocks at the net to lead the Tornados defense.
Wingate (12-1, 7-0 SAC) was led by the duo of Gale and Billo as the Bulldogs hit 26.0 percent as a team. Cory McGowan added six kills, while Janice Ehorn had five. Liz Willis and Amanda Clark combined for 32 set assists in the match, while Clark led the way with three service aces.
McGowan and Gale had seven digs in the match to lead the Wingate defensive effort, while Anna Hilton led the Bulldogs at the net with three total blocks.
The Tornados tied up the first set at 4 apiece as Osby and Morrison blocked a Wingate attack, but the Bulldogs rallied back to take a 14-9 lead midway through the set due to a pair of kills by Gale and a block by Hilton and Grace Krauser. The Bulldogs closed out the set on a kill by Rebecca Bloemer to go up 1-0.
The second set was a back and forth affair until the Bulldogs went on a 7-2 run to go up 18-11 as Clark placed in a pair of aces. The Tornados rallied back, tying the game up at 21 as Morrison had three kills and Osby and Erin Cox placed in kills to bring the set back with a 9-3 run. Bloemer and Cassie Smatana kept the game tied at 22 and the score remained tied at 25 as Atkinson placed a kill through the Wingate defense. However, Wingate closed out the set on kills by Gale and McGowan to put the Bulldogs up 2-0.
Wingate came out in the third game, recording 17 of the first 20 points in the set as Krauser and Clark served the Bulldogs attack. Brevard responded with an 8-3 run to bring the lead to within 20-11, but the Bulldogs closed out the set on a BC attack error.
Brevard continues South Atlantic Conference play on Friday, October 1st, as the Tornados travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. to take on Carson-Newman College. First serve in Holt Fieldhouse between the Tornados and the Eagles is set for 5 p.m.