Belmont, N.C. - Ashlie Morrison recorded a career high 19 kills and Erin Rollins contributed 10 of her own as the Tornados snapped an eight match skid as Brevard topped host Belmont Abbey College on Wednesday evening, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21 and 25-17.
Morrison’s 19 kills were a season high for the Tornados (4-8), as the senior from Denver, Colo. led Brevard to a 19.0 percent hitting percentage on the evening. Rollins also achieved double-digit kills for the first time in her collegiate career, while Bethany Stevenson added 39 set assists. Stevenson also led the way for Brevard with a team high four service aces, while Lindsey Rogers and Kortney Conner led the defensive efforts with 22 and 10 digs respectively.
Lydia Schellenberg led the Crusaders (8-7) with a double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs and Stefanie Holler added nine kills, while Molly Gwaltney and Kay Schellenberg each were in double figures in set assists. Angela Jubb also recorded 13 digs for Belmont Abbey, while Remick Tiller also broke into double figures with 10 digs in the match.
Jamie Atkinson broke open a deadlocked first set tied at 11 apiece, leading the Tornados to eight consecutive points as the Tornados went up 19-11 in the opening set. Belmont Abbey brought the set back to within four points on kills by Tiller and Lydia Schellenberg at 22-18, but the Tornados were able to close it out on back-to-back Morrison kills to give the Tornados the 25-20 win.
Belmont Abbey opened up the second set with an 8-1 run on Heather Wagner’s serve, but the Tornados rallied back, bringing the set to within two points at 19-17 after a Crusaders’ attack error, but it was not enough as Lydia Schellenberg recorded the final point of the 25-22 victory to even the match at 1-1.
Three Stevenson service aces paved the way to a 9-0 BC advantage and though Belmont Abbey battled back to within three points at 24-21, Rollins gave the Tornados the set victory with the final kill.
In the final set, the Tornados used a 7-1 run sparked by two service aces by Conner to go up 15-9 and kills by Taryn Gmitroski, Rollins, Jordei Osby and Morrison led the Tornados to the 25-17 victory, closing out the match.
The Tornados are back in South Atlantic Conference action as they return home to Boshamer Gymnasium on Friday, September 30th, as they host Lincoln Memorial University. First serve between the Tornados and the Railsplitters is set for 6:30 p.m.