Montreat, N.C. - The Tornados volleyball team opened the 2009 season with a bang at the Volley in the Mountains season opener played at Montreat College. Coach Brenda Skeffington’s team went undefeated in all three matches, defeating Mountain State 3-0, Reinhardt 3-1, and host Montreat 3-1.
With the victories, the Tornados open up the season 3-0.
Game One: Brevard 3, Mountain State 0
Preseason First Team All-Conference selection Brooke Seaman led the way for the Tornados in the first match of the day with 10 kills, and libero Rebecca Schoonover had 12 digs as Brevard defeated the Lady Cougars in three games, 25-20, 25-10 and 25-11.
Seaman, the last year’s hitting percentage leader in the South Atlantic Conference, connected at a 47.1% clip in the first match of the season and added a solo block and a block assist to her tally for the match.
Freshman setter Bethany Stevenson had 23 set assists in her first collegiate match, while Cori Emory added a trio of service aces. Chelsea Larsen, Jordei Osby and Chelsey Trojan also contributed to the attack with four kills apiece.
Game Two: Brevard 3, Reinhardt 1
Larsen dominated game two racking up 14 kills and Seaman added 10 of her own in the second game at the Tornados downed the Eagles in game two, 19-25, 25-9, 25-16 and 25-17.
Larsen, a sophomore outside hitter, connected on 44.4% of her attempts and added a solo block in her effort.
Seaman and freshman Jamie Atkinson both added five block assists apiece as the Tornados controlled the net, racking up 18 total blocks.
Stevenson added 28 set assists in the game as well as six service aces, while Schoonover added 10 digs.
Game Three: Brevard 3, Montreat 1
Brevard faced the host Cavaliers in the 7 p.m. match, but even the late game could not cool off the Tornados hitters as Seaman (14 kills) and Larsen (11 kills) continued to put their attacks away in winning in four sets, 25-14, 18-25, 25-11 and 25-23.
Sophomore middle hitter Ashlie Morrison also had a strong game in the nightcap, with nine kills.
Stevenson had 32 set assists and Schoonover patrolled the backline, racking up 21 digs as the Tornados finished up the day undefeated.
Osby, a 6-1 sophomore middle hitter, ruled the net in the third match, tallying five solo blocks, while Seaman, the conference’s leading returning blocker, contributed with five block assists.
For the day, Seaman had a 41.3% kill percentage on her attacks, racking up 34 kills, while Larsen added 29 kills at a 30.4% clip.
The Tornados stay on the road as they travel to Belmont, N.C. to take on the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey on Wednesday, September 2nd. First serve is set for 7 p.m.