Brevard, N.C. - Ashlie Morrison had four kills and three blocks in the first set to guide the Tornados to the 25-17 victory, but Montreat rallied behind 17 kills by Sydney Koon to take the next three sets in topping Brevard on Tuesday evening, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.
Morrison led the Tornados (4-18) offense with 14 kills as Brevard hit 36.0 percent in the first set, while Kortney Conner added seven kills to pace the BC attack. Bethany Stevenson added 19 set assists, while defensively Lindsey Rogers had 19 digs and Taryn Gmitroski and Morrison combined for four total blocks.
Koon led three Montreat (16-13) players with double-doubles on the evening with 13 digs to go with her 17 kills, while Hannah Schloz added 16 kills and 19 digs and Alyssa Kaufman contributed 10 kills and 13 digs. Natalie Nieman set up the Cavaliers offense with 47 set assists, while Hannah Bostic recorded three total blocks at the net.
Montreat built the early lead, going up 11-6 following a Schloz ace, but the Tornados rallied to tie the set up at 14 apiece on a kill by Gmitroski. The kill came on a 9-1 run as Brevard built an 18-14 lead following a Stevenson ace. A Bostic kill ended the BC run, but the Tornados were able to close out the set with on a Montreat service ace to end to go up 1-0 with the 25-17 victory.
The Cavaliers rallied on back-to-back service aces by Lauren Owen to go build a 10-3 lead in the second set. The Tornados cut into the lead, bringing it back to within three at 12-9 on a kill by Morrison, but Montreat continued to press the advantage in going back up by eight at 21-13 and Koon clinched the set victory with a kill to even the score at one apiece.
The Tornados held the 12-9 advantage in the pivotal third set as both teams struggled to keep their serve in, but the Cavaliers rallied back as they went up 20-17 after a ball handling error. Brevard’s late rally was short-lived as Montreat scored the final three points of the set to go up 2-1 after the 25-20 set win.
Montreat broke a 7-7 tie in the fourth set as they built a 20-14 lead following a Kaufman kill. The Tornados were able to keep pace with the Cavaliers the remainder of the way, but a Schloz kill ended the set and the match in favor of Montreat, 25-18.
Brevard returns to the road as they step back into South Atlantic Conference play on Thursday, October 20th as they make the trip to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne University. First serve between the Tornados and the Bears is set for 7 p.m.