Brevard, N.C. – The Brevard College women’s volleyball team fell in South Atlantic Conference action at home on Friday night, as the Tornados were swept in three straight sets, 25-16, 25-18 and 25-13 by the Lincoln Memorial University Lady Railsplitters.
The loss drops the Tornados to 11-13 overall and 2-10 in the conference, while LMU improved to 17-8 and 5-5 in the SAC on the season.
After the Tornados jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first set, Lincoln Memorial ran off six straight points capped off by a kill by Caitlin Hankins to pull ahead 6-1. The Tornados stormed back to knot the score up at 8-8 on a kill by junior middle hitter Brooke Seaman. However, Lincoln Memorial then went on a 17-8 run to close out the set and pick up the 25-16 win and an early 1-0 advantage.
In the second set, the Tornados tied the score up at 2-2 on a LMU attack error but then dropped the next seven consecutive points to fall behind early 9-2 to the Lady Railsplitters. BC stopped the run on a kill from junior outside hitter Megan Street, but it did not stop the LMU offense as the Lady Railsplitters went on to take a 19-10 lead on a Alicia MacIntyre service ace to force BC to take a timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Tornados were able to cut the lead to six on two separate occasions but could not get any closer as the Lady Railsplitters held off BC for the 25-18 win.
Lincoln Memorial jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in set three, before two Lady Railsplitter errors got BC back in the game at 5-2. The Tornados hung tough, cutting the lead to five at 11-6 on another LMU error, but failed to get any closer to the Lady Railsplitters for the remainder of the match. LMU went on to win the set 25-13 and the match 3-0.
The Tornados, who saw action from 13 different players on Friday night, were led by Seaman, as the preseason second-team All-SAC selection had a match high 14 kills. Senior setter Jami Perry dished out 21 assists, while sophomore libero Rebecca Schoonover had a match high 14 digs on the night.
For LMU, Hankins had 11 kills and three block assists, while Ashley Knight added seven kills and a match high six block assists. Candace Richardson had eight kills, while setter Lauren Kiwacka had a match high 27 set assists.
The Tornados will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when Coach Skeffington’s squad will play host to the Lady Eagles of Carson-Newman College at 12 noon in Boshamer Gymnasium. Lincoln Memorial will also be in action on Saturday afternoon, as the Lady Railsplitters will travel to Hickory, N.C. to take on the Bears of Lenoir-Rhyne University at 2 p.m.