Brevard, N.C. - Brooke Seaman had nine kills and six blocks Friday night in Boshamer Gymnasium, but the Tornados were unable rally back in falling to Lincoln Memorial, 25-16, 23-25, 25-18 and 25-14.
With the loss, Brevard falls to 10-5, 1-4 in the South Atlantic Conference, while the Lady Railsplitters improve to 13-2, 5-0 in conference play.
Chelsea Larsen had six kills and seven digs for the match, while Jordei Osby, Chelsey Trojan and Jamie Atkinson each added five apiece to the Tornados attack.
Bethany Stevenson and Lindsey Rogers split the setting duty tonight, with Stevenson assisting on 18 kills, while Rogers finished the game with 12 set assists.
On the backline, libero Rebecca Schoonover had 20 digs in the four matches and Cori Emory added nine of her own, while at the net Osby, the SAC leader in blocks had four for the match.
LMU had three players achieve double-digit kills with Amanda Horenkamp leading the way with 16 kills to go along with 12 digs. Candace Richardson added 12 and Kodi Cartwright had 11 for Coach Mike Smith’s squad.
Brittany Pugh added 28 set assists for the match and Lauren Kiwacka had 17 of her own. On the defensive side, Alicia MacIntyre had 11 digs and Richardson and Cartwright each had two digs apiece.
Lincoln Memorial opened up the match with a 9-4 run as Horenkamp and Ashley Knight both came out firing for the Lady Railsplitters.
Brevard fought back as Seaman drilled six kills in the opening set, but Lincoln Memorial was able to put away the first game on Lauren Kiwacka’s serve, 25-16.
The Tornados took the lead in the second game on Lindsey Rogers’ serve, going up 6-4 with help from a kill by Atkinson.
Both teams would remain in a struggle for control the rest of the set, tying the game up six times the rest of the way.
Lincoln Memorial went up 22-20 on a kill by Horenkamp, but the Tornados rallied back to take game two as a kills by Ashlie Morrison and Atkinson, a service ace by Emory and a pair of miscues by the Lady Railsplitters evened the score up at 25-23.
LMU jumped out to a 8-3 lead early in the third set behind kills by Allison Hess, Cartwright and Richardson.
Brevard was able to even the game up several times, but Lincoln Memorial used a late 9-2 to win the pivotal third set, 25-18.
The Lady Railsplitters used their momentum from game three to open up a 24-9 lead on the Tornados in game four, but Brevard showed resilience, winning five straight potential game points as Seaman, Atkinson and Megan Street combined for three blocks on the LMU hitters.
However, the Tornados were unable to bring the game all the way back in falling, 25-14 on Horenkamp’s kill.
Brevard is back in action tomorrow morning, October 3rd as they host the Lady Eagles from Carson-Newman College. First serve for the South Atlantic Conference match is set for 1 p.m. in Boshamer Gymnasium. Lincoln Memorial continues on the road, heading to Hickory, N.C. for a SAC game against Lenoir-Rhyne with game time set for 2 p.m.