Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s volleyball team dropped their second consecutive South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday afternoon, falling in straight sets, 25-16, 25-14 and 25-20 to the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears in Boshamer Gymnasium.
With the loss the Tornados fall to 9-10 overall and 1-7 in the conference, while Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 8-14 and 1-7 in the SAC with the win.
In the first set, Lenoir-Rhyne took their first lead of the set at 4-3 on a BC attack error and never looked back, pushing their lead to as much as eight points at 21-13 on a kill by Lindsey Cantu.
The Tornados struggled offensively, posting a hitting percentage of .000 percent in the first set, ultimately falling 25-16.
Again the two teams stayed even at the start of the second set with a kill by senior Jami Perry giving the Tornados an early 4-3 lead. Lenoir-Rhyne outscored BC 16-7 over the next 23 points to take their largest lead of the set at 19-11.
The Tornados tried to make a late surge, but it wasn’t enough as the Bears held of the Tornados to win the set 25-14 and take a 2-0 advantage.
In the third set the Tornados refused to quit and jumped out to an early 7-3 lead on a kill by Perry. The BC lead would last until a Tornado attack error gave the Bears a point and tied the score up at 13-13. The two teams then traded points before a kill by Sam Freese gave Lenoir-Rhyne the lead for good at 17-16, as the Bears outscored the Tornados 9-4 to finish out the set and win the match.
Junior middle hitter and Pre-season Second-Team All-SAC selection Brooke Seaman led the Tornados with nine kills and five total blocks for the afternoon. Freshman outside hitter Chelsea Larsen had eight kills for the match, while Perry dished out 21 set assists.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by Kassi Henry, who had a match-high 10 kills and three total blocks. Outside hitter Cantu had nine kills and a team-high 12 digs. Setter Hannah Stewart had a match-high 29 assists.
The Tornados will look to bounce back as they will return to action on Wednesday, October 15, when BC will play host to Newberry College at 7 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne will be back in action on Thursday, October 16, when they will host Belmont Abbey at 7 p.m.