Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s volleyball team was at home for the first time in two weeks on Friday night, as the Tornados fell in a very tough contest 3-0 (25-21, 25-23 and 25-19) to the Catawba Indians in front of a packed out Boshamer Gymnasium.
The loss drops the Tornados to .500 on the season at 9-9 and to 1-6 in the SAC, while Catawba improves to 11-6 overall and 5-2 in the conference with the win.
Set one proved to be an exciting beginning, as the two teams battled back-and-forth throughout the contest. The Tornados jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, only to have Catawba run off three straight points of their own to knot the score up at 3-3.
Neither team could pull away, until Catawba went on a 7-1 run to get their largest lead of the match at 17-11.
After a Chelsey Trojan kill stopped the run, Catawba was able to hold off the Tornados, trading points to maintain the five-point lead at 20-15.
The Tornados battled back to make the score 24-21 on a kill by junior middle hitter Brooke Seaman, but it was too little to late as Catawba finished out the opening set on a kill by Mai Zoua Lo to pick up the 25-21 win.
Set two started out the same as the opening set; as the two teams again went back-and-forth with neither team able to take advantage. Catawba again used a mid-set string of points to pull ahead, this time outscoring the Tornados 11-2 to jump ahead by nine at 19-10.
BC then countered with an offensive surge of their own, outscoring Catawba 9-3 over the next 12 points, capped off by a kill from Trojan and a Catawba attack error, to cut the lead to three at 22-19.
The Tornados would battle until the end, cutting the lead to as close as one at 24-23 on another Catawba attack error, but again came up just short as the Indians Melissa Powers slammed the 25-23 win home for Catawba and putting them up 2-0 heading into the third set.
Once again the heart of the Brevard College Tornados shown through in set three, as the two teams again played fairly even with score being tied seven times in the first 18 points of the game.
With the score knotted up at 9-9, Catawba took the lead for good on a kill by Zoua Lo and never looked back holding off the Tornados for the 25-19 set win and the 3-0 match victory.
Trojan and fellow newcomer Jordei Osby led the Tornados, as both recorded eight kills for the night. Seaman and freshman Chelsea Larson had seven kills apiece, while Seaman also collected a team high four total blocks on the night.
Senior setter Jami Perry had a team-high 28 assists, while also picking up 10 digs for the match. Freshman Lindsey Rogers gathered in 10 digs, while libero Rebecca Schoonover had eight for the match.
For Catawba, three players were in double-digits in kills headlined by Melissa Powers 13. Zoua Lo recorded 11 kills, while fellow outside hitter Melissa Griffith had 10 kills over the three-set match.
Setter Megan Courson had a game-high 35 set assists, while Griffith led the way defensively with nine digs. Powers had a game-high six total blocks.
The Tornados will not have long to rest, as Coach Skeffington’s squad jumps right back into SAC play tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. when BC will play host to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears at Boshamer Gymnasium. Catawba will also be in action tomorrow, as the Indians will play at Newberry College at 2 p.m.