Greeneville, Tenn. – The Brevard College volleyball team was once again on the road for their South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday night against Tusculum College, the Tornados fourth straight road match over the last two weeks.
The Tornados won set one, but ultimately dropped the match 3-1 to the Pioneers (29-27, 10-25, 14-25 and 23-25). The loss drops the Tornados to 1-5 in the SAC and 9-8 overall, while the win bumps Tusculum to 5-2 in the SAC and 14-5 overall.
In set one the Tornados faced two set points before rallying with three consecutive points to win 29-27.
The two teams played a very exciting opening set, as both teams traded points back-and-forth until Tusculum took the lead for good at 11-10 on a BC attack error. Tusculum then rolled off five unanswered points to go up 16-10, before a timeout from Brevard stopped their scoring run.
Following the timeout, the Tornados would chip away at the deficit, going on an 8-1 run to take an 18-17 advantage. Later in the frame, Tusculum would be serving for set point on two occasions, including 27-26. But kills by freshman Jordei Osby and junior Chelsey Trojan and a service ace by freshman Chelsea Larsen sealed the 29-27 first set win for the Tornados.
With a 1-0 lead heading into set two, the Tornados were outplayed from the start falling behind early 11-4 on a BC attack error.
Brevard tried to bounce back, scoring back-to-back points to cut the lead to five at 11-6. Yet Tusculum was just too much in set two, outscoring the Tornados 14-4 to pick up the 25-10 set win and even the match score up at 1-1.
In the third set, the Tornados fell behind 2-0, but bounced back to score the next two points on back-to-back kills from Trojan and Larsen to tie the score up at 2-2. However, Tusculum would outscore the Tornados 7-3 over the next 10 points to go ahead 11-5 and force BC to call a timeout.
Following the timeout, the Tornados ran off two straight points to cut the lead to three at 11-8 only to have the Pioneers answer with a 7-1 run of their own to pull ahead 18-9.
BC would not go away getting as close as eight at 19-11 on a kill by Kirstan Carlson, but it wasn’t enough as Tusculum held on to come away with the 25-14 win and a 2-1 advantage.
In the fourth and final set, the Pioneers ambushed the Tornados leaping out to an early 5-0 lead on three straight kills by Luebke. However, the Tornados stormed back to outscore the Tornados 9-4 over the next 13 points to knot the score up at 9-9 on a kill by newcomer Ashlie Morrison.
The two teams then traded points before the Pioneers went on an 8-4 run to pull ahead 17-13 and force a Brevard College timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Tornados scored on a kill by Seaman to cut the lead to three at 17-14. Yet the Pioneers again went on an offensive surge, running off five straight points to pull ahead 22-14 over the visiting Tornados.
Again the Tornados would not give in, storming back with five straight points of their own capped off by a Larsen kill to pull back within three points at 22-19.
Tusculum then scored on a kill by Kelsey Hayden to pull ahead 23-19, prompting Coach Skeffington to call another BC timeout.
Again the Tornados scored the first point out of the timeout, this time on a Tusculum service error to put the score at 23-20. The Tusculum error led to two more BC points – a Jami Perry kill followed by a Morrison kill – cutting the Pioneers lead to one at 23-22 and forcing Tusculum to call a timeout.
Tusculum then scored on a Gina Coffaro kill to go ahead 24-22, giving the Pioneers match point. An attack error by Hayden gave the Tornados a point and put the score at 24-23, giving the Tornados side out and the serve. However, Tusculum’s Hayden picked up a kill on the next play to give the Pioneers the 25-23 set win and the 3-1 match victory.
For the match, BC was led by Seaman, who had nine kills while both Larsen and Trojan both posted seven kills apiece. Trojan had a service ace and 14 digs, while libero Rebecca Schoonover had a match-high 25 digs for the four-set match.
Tusculum’s Luebke had a match-high 23 kills, while Carly Swisher added 21 kills and Hayden recorded 10 kills. Setter Peyton Colclough had a match-high 57 set assists, while Erika Garcia had a team-high 20 digs for the match.
The Tornados will return to the friendly confines of Boshamer Gymnasium for the first time in two weeks on Friday, October 10, when BC will play host to South Atlantic Conference foe Catawba College. The match is slated for a 6 p.m. start time. Tusculum will have the weekend off and will return to action on Wednesday, October 15, when the Pioneers will travel to Harrogate, Tenn. to face off with the Lady Railsplitters’ of Lincoln Memorial University at 6:30 p.m.