Brevard, N.C. - Ashlie Morrison led the Tornados with nine kills and Taryn Gmitroski and Joy Oswalt each added five as Brevard was able to build leads in each of the three sets, however Marissa Wixson led the Lions back with 12 kills as Mars Hill completed the season sweep against Brevard with the 25-22, 26-24, 25-21 victory.
Mars Hill (8-5, 5-5 SAC) opened the first set, scoring six of the first eight points after kills by Chelsea Larsen and Laura Ann Huskey, but the Tornados (4-12, 0-9 SAC) rallied back to take a 10-9 lead on a combined block by Jordei Osby and Bethany Stevenson. The set remained close the rest of the way before Larsen was able to close out the 25-22 set victory with a kill off the assist from Hannah Wilson.
A service ace by Bethany Stevenson gave the Tornados the 4-0 lead in the second set as Brevard built a 17-7 lead following an Osby kill. The Lions responded with an 8-0 run on Wilson’s serve in cutting the lead back to 17-15, but the Tornados managed to keep the lead, going up 23-19 after a combined block by Morrison and Oswalt. The Lions would rally on four straight kills by Wixson to tie the set up at 23 apiece and back-to-back BC attack errors closed out the 26-24 set in favor of Mars Hill.
The Tornados again built a lead in the third set, going up 12-7 on a service ace by Gmitroski, but Mars Hill again battled back as the Lions tied up the set at 17 apiece on a kill by Evie Tafunai. The teams swapped the next six points before the Lions scored three in a row, including an ace by Tafunai on their way to closing out the match with the 25-21 victory.
Stevenson led the Tornados with 26 set assists, while Lindsey Rogers led all players with 17 digs and three service aces in the match. Osby, Jamie Atkinson, Erin Rollins and Gmitroski all had three total blocks for BC in the match as the Tornados recorded eight blocks.
Tafunai, Huskey and Larsen all had seven kills to support Wixson as the Lions hit 14.5 percent from the floor in the match. Wilson added 22 set assists, while Huskey had three service aces. Defensively, Murphy had a team high 13 digs, while Wixson completed the double-double with 10 digs.
Brevard remains at home tomorrow afternoon as they host Tusculum College in Boshamer Gymnasium for a Dig Pink volleyball match. Donations for the Susan Komen Foundation will be accepted at the door and sponsorships are available for the players’ dig totals at the match. First serve between the Tornados and the Pioneers are set for 1 p.m.