Friday, September 30, 2011


Atkinson, Morrison and Rollins have six kills apiece on Friday night

Brevard, N.C. - Jamie Atkinson, Ashlie Morrison and Erin Rollins all recorded six kills and Lindsey Rogers continued to lead the backline with a team high 18 digs, but Blaire Fowler’s 14 kills led the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters over the Brevard Tornados on Friday night, 25-10, 25-22, 25-13.

Atkinson, Morrison and Rollins led the way for Brevard (4-9, 0-6 SAC) as the Tornados still remain without a win in the conference on the season. Erin Cox and Bethany Stevenson added eight and seven set assists apiece while Cox had a team high two service aces. Rogers led the Tornados back line with 18 digs, while Jordei Osby continued her recent resurgence with four total blocks in the match.

Fowler’s 14 kills led the Railsplitters (11-2, 7-1 SAC) as LMU hit 20.6 percent in the match. Jennifer Drumm added five kills, while Brittany Pugh set up the Railsplitters attack with 20 set assists. Fowler also led Lincoln Memorial with three service aces, while Kristen Cantrell and Chelsea Ferron both were in double figures in digs, with 19 and 11 respectively.

A pair of Fowler kills and a Pugh service ace built a 4-0 LMU lead in the opening set as the Railsplitters took control early on their way to a 25-10 victory.

Atkinson led off the second set with a kill as the score went back-and-forth before the Tornados built a 12-9 lead after the block by Osby and Taryn Gmitroski, but Lincoln Memorial tied the match up at 14 following a kill by Fowler. Pugh served the Railsplitters to an 18-15 lead, but Brevard bounced back behind a service ace by Cox and kills by Morrison and Gmitroski on their way to tying the match up at 22 apiece. However, another Fowler kill led to a 3-0 Lincoln Memorial run as the Railsplitters closed out the set 25-22.

In the final set, Lincoln Memorial recorded the first five points and nine of the first 10 as the Railsplitters jumped out early on the Tornados. Brevard fought back, bringing the score back to within five at one point at 15-10 after back-to-back kills by Cox, but LMU went on a 10-3 run to close out the match, ending the evening.

The Tornados remain at home in South Atlantic Conference action tomorrow afternoon as they welcome Carson-Newman College. First serve in Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 12 p.m.