Brevard, N.C. - Brooke Seaman had a spectacular game against visiting Newberry College Tuesday night, recording 15 kills and hitting 46.7%, but the Tornados were unable to overcome the guests in falling in straight sets, 25-20, 25-21 and 25-17.
For the season, Brevard falls to 6-3, 0-2 in the South Atlantic Conference, while the scarlet and gray improve to 9-5, 1-0 in conference play.
Seaman, a preseason first team all-SAC selection had three of the Tornados first four kills as the score remained close nine points into the first set with Newberry holding the slight advantage at 5-4.
The scarlet and gray opened up the first game on a 9-2 run started by a kill by Kember Lichtie.
Brevard responded with a run over their own, bringing the game back to 14-12 on Rebecca Schoonover’s serve as Seaman drove home a pair of kills.
The teams swapped points the rest of the first set before a kill by Lorena Maia gave the first set to the visitors, 25-20.
Newberry again jumped out to a slight lead in the second set, going up 11-7 on Brianna Blakely’s service.
Brevard fought back as Chelsea Larsen and Ashlie Morrison were able to connect off the assists from Bethany Stevenson, before a service ace by Cori Emory tied the game up at 19.
Another service ace four points later by Lindsey Rogers tied the game back up for the Tornados at 21, but kills by Kara Harris and Leah Nye gave the second game to the guests, 25-21.
In the third set Seaman came out firing, recording the first three points for the Tornados. Larsen and Morrison added kills of their own to keep the game close at 9-6, but Newberry closed out the set with a 16-11 run to take the match, 25-17.
For the game, the Tornados were led by Seaman’s 15 kills. Morrison added nine kills of her own to go with two block assists. Stevenson had 29 set assists in the match.
On the defensive side, Schoonover had a match-high 17 digs, while Emory had 12 digs to go with two service aces.
Newberry was led by Lichtie with 12 kills. Blakly added 34 assists and a service ace to the attack, while Lindsey Hollingsworth (15), Fernanda Frey (13) and Lichtie (11) all recorded double-digit dig games.
The Tornados are back in action on the road as they head to Hartsville, S.C. on Saturday, September 19, to take on Coker College. Game time is set for 4 p.m. Newberry continues SAC play on the road as the scarlet and gray heads to Harrogate, Tenn. on Friday, September 18, to take on Lincoln Memorial, with game time set for 6:30 p.m.