Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados jumped out in front of the visiting Bears on Tuesday night, winning the first two sets, but Brevard was unable to weather a furious comeback in falling in five sets, 3-2.
With the 18-25, 21-25, 25-15, 25-16, 15-10 win, the Bears improve to 10-0, 1-0 in the South Atlantic Conference, while the Tornados fall to 4-2, 0-1 in SAC play.
Brooke Seaman led the way for the Tornados with 11 kills and six total blocks (five solo, one assist). Jordei Osby had seven kills, with five blocks (two solo, three assist) and Jamie Atkinson had six kills with seven blocks (three solo, four assist) as the Tornados dominated the net early in the game.
Bethany Stevenson added 33 set assists to go with 11 digs, as the Tornados backline stayed active throughout the night, with Rebecca Schoonover (14 digs), Chelsey Trojan (11 digs) and Cori Emory (10 digs) kept the ball in play multiple times for Coach Brenda Skeffington’s team.
The Bears were led by Katelin Wensley with 10 kills and 13 digs. Kassi Henry added nine kills and seven blocks (three solo, four assists) and Meredith Lutz dished our 32 set assists for the match.
The first set remained close as the Tornados before preseason All-SAC first teamer Seaman knocked in the first of three straight kills to give the Tornados a 12-7 lead. After a pair of LR points, Chelsea Larsen drove home a kill as the Tornados went on a 5-1 run to expand their lead to 18-10, sparked by a service ace by Seaman.
The Bears continued to battle back, bringing the game back within five, but a kill by Ashlie Morrison and a service ace by Trojan ended game one in BC’s favor.
In the second set, the teams again traded points, before another five kill spree broke the game open as a pair of kills by Atkinson, a kill by Morrison and a pair of Bear’s attack errors gave Brevard a 21-15 lead.
From there, Jordei Osby took over, putting the ball home to notch the second game for the Tornados, 25-21.
Lenoir-Rhyne jumped out to a 9-1 lead at the start of the third set behind Chelsea Hill’s serve and cruised to a 25-15 victory, sending the game into a fourth set.
Brevard came out firing in set four, going up 5-1 as the Bears registered four straight attack errors. From there, Lenoir-Rhyne went on a 17-4 run, going up 18-9 as Elizabeth Flattery and Katelin Wensley took over the game from a service stand-point.
The Tornados rallied back to put the game back within four as Osby hammered home a kill and Schoonover fired in an ace, but the early run by the Bears put the game out of reach, 25-16.
In the final set, Seaman attempted to will her team to victory, giving the Tornados an 8-6 lead as the teams switched side, by placing two service aces off the jump serve, but the Bears were able to pull the game out in the end, with the 15-10 victory.
The Tornados rest up for the rest of the week, before hosting the Brevard Tri-match with Converse and North Greenville on Saturday, September 12. First match between Brevard and Converse is set for 9 a.m. The Bears head to Gaffney, S.C. this weekend to take part in the Limestone Southeast Crossover Tournament. First match for Lenoir-Rhyne in the tournament is against Augusta State at 3 p.m.