Brevard, N.C. - The Brevard College women’s volleyball team battled hard, but ultimately fell to the visiting Carson-Newman Eagles in four sets, 25-20, 31-33, 25-23 and 25-21 in Saturday afternoon’s South Atlantic Conference action.
The loss drops the Tornados to 11-14 for the season, 2-11 in the conference while the Eagles improve to 19-12, 7-4 in the SAC.
The first set was a game of runs as Carson-Newman jumped out to a 16-4 lead based on a 9-0 run when the score was tied 2-2. The Tornados responded with a run of their own, bringing the game back to 16-13 behind back-to-back blocks by Jami Perry and Brooke Seaman. That was the closest the Tornados were able to get though, as the Eagles rose behind Jessica Schachleiter to put away the set, 25-20.
In the second set, the teams switched leads almost as fast as the ball was going back and forth over the net as the teams tied a total of 19 times in the set. Brevard led early in the game, 12-9, due to strong play by freshman Ashlie Morrison, but the Eagles would not go away, tying the score up at 13 on a kill by Kelsey Fleck.
The teams continued to swap points with neither team being able to get up by more than one point, until Brevard took a lead 25-24 behind two straight kills by Seaman. In the ensuing 14 points, Brevard took a lead six times, but was unable to get the winning point until freshman Chelsea Larsen put a shot down the line to give the Tornados the game, 33-31.
The third set was played the same as the second as the teams constantly swapped the lead throughout the set. A service ace by libero Rebecca Schoonover gave the Tornados a 13-12 lead, but the Eagles ran off several points to take a lead they would not give up in winning, 25-23.
In the final set, the Tornados led 11-7, but a 9-2 Eagle run put the Tornados behind. Chelsey Trojan and Larsen kept the Tornados in the set until the end, but a miscue by the Tornados defense ended the game with the Eagles on top, 25-21.
For the game, the Tornados were led by Seaman, who had a match-high 19 kills. Trojan and Morrison also contributed with 11 and nine kills respectively. Perry dished out 37 set assists for the match to go with 14 digs, while Schoonover led the Tornados with 22 digs on the afternoon.
The Eagles were led by Fleck who had 17 kills for the day. Carly Mozgai and Jessica Brady followed her with 15 and 10 kills. Allyson Corhn and Stephanie Cutter combined for 54 set assists and Schachleiter had a match-high 22 digs.
The Tornados take to the road as they travel to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Halloween night. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. Carson-Newman continues on their road swing through the SAC as they travel to Mars Hill College on October 28, with a start time of 7 p.m.