Tigerville, S.C. - The Brevard College Tornados volleyball team won a hard fought battle Tuesday night in Tigerville, S.C. as they defeated the North Greenville Crusaders in five sets.
The teams swapped sets throughout the match, but Brevard proved to be the superior as they won 15-25, 25-22, 25-27, 25-14, 15-10. For the season the Tornados improve to 11-12, 2-9 in the conference, while the Crusaders fall to 4-23.
Set one was all Crusaders as they jumped out to a quick 10-4 lead. In spite of a Brevard timeout, the Tornados could not overcome three service receiving errors and fell 25-15.
In the second set, the Tornados looked to preseason 2nd team All-SAC pick Brooke Seaman to lead the way. Seaman recorded four quick kills to put Brevard up 9-7 before North Greenville called timeout. The timeout didn’t matter though as Cori Emory fired in two service aces and the Tornados rode Seaman and senior captain Jami Perry to victory, 25-22.
The Tornados held a 14-7 lead in the third set behind three service aces by Seaman, but North Greenville kept fighting, tying the set at 24. The Crusaders ultimately took the set, 27-25.
The fourth set was all Brevard as the Tornados took an early 6-2 lead and coasted behind Seaman and freshman Ashlie Morrison. North Greenville mounted a minor comeback, but libero Rebecca Schoonover put the game away with a service ace, leading to a 25-14 set win and tying the match at 2-2.
The deciding fifth set went back and forth as Brevard led 8-7 at the midway point. With an 11-9 Tornado lead, North Greenville called a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, freshman Lindsay Rogers nailed two straight service aces to pad the Tornado lead, and the game ended as Morrison tipped a shot that rolled along the net before falling on the Crusader side barely inbounds, giving Brevard the victory, 15-10.
The Tornados were led by Seaman who recorded 21 kills, three aces, four digs, two solo blocks and two block assists for the match, while Morrison contributed with 13 kills and four digs of her own. Chelsea Larsen chipped in with nine kills, including four in the final set, and Perry added 43 set assists and 25 digs for the match. Emory had 18 digs to go with her three aces, and Schoonover contributed with a match-high 26 digs.
The Crusaders were led by Charlotte Swain and Brittany Rivera who recorded 14 and 13 kills respectively.
Coach Brenda Skeffington’s team jumps back into SAC play as they prepare to host Lincoln Memorial on Friday, October 24. The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. The Crusaders continue their homestand as they play host to USC-Aiken on Thursday, October 23 at 7 p.m.