Harrogate, T.N. – The Brevard College women’s volleyball team was away from home for the fourth straight match on Saturday afternoon, as the Tornados fell 3-1 (22-25, 16-25, 25-21, 27-29) to the Lady Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
The loss drops the Tornados to 7-5 overall and 0-2 in SAC play, while LMU moves to 11-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play with the win.
Set one saw five ties and four lead changes as neither team could pull away from the other one. After LMU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, the Tornados stormed back to take a 7-4 lead on a kill by senior setter Jami Perry.
Over the next seven points, the Tornados were able to keep a slight advantage over the Lady Railsplitters until a kill by Kodi Cartwright gave LMU a 10-9 lead.
BC regained the lead at 14-13 by way of an attack error by Lincoln Memorial; however, the Lady Railsplitters took the lead for good only three points later as Amanda Horenkamp recorded a kill to put LMU up 16-15.
Down the stretch, LMU did not relinquish the lead and was able to hold off BC to pick up the 25-22 win and an early 1-0 match lead.
In set two, BC jumped out to an early 4-2 lead on a kill by freshman Chelsea Larson, only to have LMU run off six straight unanswered points to take an 8-6 lead.
Brevard again fought back to tie the score at 10-10 on a kill by Perry, but that was a close as the Tornados would get for the set, as the Lady Railsplitters outscored the Tornados 15-6 for the remainder of the match to pick up the 25-16 win and push their lead to 2-0 over BC.
The Tornados would not go down with out a fight, as the third set proved to be a battle in which there were nine ties and three lead changes before BC put away LMU 25-21.
After LMU took a 1-0 lead, the Tornados knotted the score up on a kill by Brooke Seaman. The two teams would then trade points until BC took their biggest lead of the match at 16-13 on a kill by Chelsea Larsen.
After a LMU kill by Horenkamp cut the BC lead to two, the Tornados went on a run to take a 20-17 lead on a kill by Seaman, only to have LMU storm back to force the ninth tie of the set at 20-20.
BC would not blow away as the Tornados finished the set on a 5-1 run to score the 25-21 win and force a fourth set.
Down 2-1, the Tornados fell behind 5-0 early in the fourth set before a kill by Seaman put them on the board at 5-1, starting a run in which the Tornados outscored LMU 20-17 to tie the score up at 22-22.
LMU took a 23-22 lead on a kill by Cartwright, which was answered by a BC kill off the hand off Seaman to re-tie the score at 23-23.
The two teams would trade points and go back-and-forth until a kill by LMU’s Allison Hess gave the Lady Railsplitters a 28-27 advantage and a third match point. The next point would go to LMU on an attack error by BC, giving the Lady Railsplitters the 3-1 win.
BC was led by Perry’s 34 set assists, five kills and one service ace, while Seaman posted a match-high 19 kills, one solo block and four block assists. Larsen had eight kills for the four-set match, while fellow freshman Ashlie Morrison added five kills of her own.
Sophomore libero Rebecca Schoonover recorded 25 digs for the match, while newcomer Chelsey Trojan had 19 digs of her own.
For LMU, setter Lauren Kiwacka had a match-high 46 assists, while Cartwright, Horenkamp and Cami Lefeld had 13, 12 and 11 kills, respectively.
The Tornados will return to action at home on Tuesday, September 23, when BC will play host to Mars Hill College at 7 p.m. Lincoln Memorial will next be in action on Tuesday night as well, as the Lady Railsplitters will travel to Anderson, S.C. to face off with Anderson University.