Brevard, N.C.- The Brevard College volleyball team suffered a five-set defeat at the hands of the Carson-Newman Eagles in Boshamer Gymnasium on Thursday night, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 25-16, 15-13.
After splitting the first four sets in dramatic fashion, BC took the first point of the final set. The set, played to 15, went played slightly in the favor of Carson-Newman until a kill by Fatima Gharachorloo and an Eagle attack error tied the set at 13 apiece. With the set tied, a kill by Carson-Newman's Kiayna O’Neal and a Brevard setting error clinched the win for the Eagles.
O’Neal turned in 11 kills at an unreal .611 hitting percentage. The Eagles attack, however, was paced by 14 kills by junior Emily Schultz. Carson-Newman hit .248 as a team in the game while improving their record to 10-13 (4-10 SAC).
Gharachorloo turned in a game-high 18 kills at a .250 hitting percentage to accompany 10 digs. Kortney Conner put forth another solid effort with 14 kills at a.303 hitting percentage.
BC got off out to a strong start in the first set by taking an 8-2 lead on Carson-Newman to open the match. Brevard also used a 4-0 run in the middle of the set to make it 17-10 Tornados. A kill from Megan Clark sealed the victory.
After dropping the second set, the Tornados capitalized on a 10-3 run to take a 20-16 lead in the third set. A pair of kills from Gharachorloo and Conner along with an Eagle attack error accounted for the final five points and set win.
Carson-Newman halted the Tornados momentum with an 11-2 run to close the fourth set and tie the game at 2-2.
Brevard picks up their home stand as they host the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters for Senior Day on Saturday in Boshamer Gymnasium at 2 p.m.