Brevard, N.C. - Brooke Seaman had 11 kills and Chelsea Larsen added nine of her own to the mix, but the Tornados were unable to overcome Kaitlyn Whitmer’s 19 kills, with 10 coming in the first set, in falling to Catawba, 25-16, 25-22 and 25-19.
Bethany Stevenson contributed 29 set assists for Brevard (11-12, 1-11 SAC) and Jamie Atkinson added six kills and three set assists to the Tornados attack. Seaman continued her dominance at the net this season with four blocks in the game, while Schoonover and Larsen each recorded double-digit dig games with Larsen saving 10 and Schoonover keeping a game-high 16 in play.
Whitmer’s 19 kills led Catawba (14-9, 7-6 SAC), while Jenny Young contributed nine kills form the left side. Megan Courson set up the Indians attack with 38 assists and also led the team in digs with 14 on the afternoon. Young and Mai Zoua Lo each recorded 13 digs in the game as well and Katie Moran, Alli Parrish and Jasmine Chunn each had two blocks at the net.
The Tornados and Indians were tied early in the first set at three apiece, but then Whitmer got the hot hand, scoring eight kills in a 10-point stretch, including five in a row at one point as the Indians rode the freshman to a 19-9 lead.
Brevard attempted to mount a comeback late in the set as Seaman and Larsen connected on back-to-back shots, but Whitmer closed out the first set with a pair of kills to put Catawba up 1-0, 25-16.
The Tornados used an early 5-0 run in the second set to go up 8-7 as Seaman placed an ace and Larsen and Atkinson added kills to the effort.
Catawba came back to score the next point and Brevard kept it close throughout the rest of the set as the Indians were unable to score more than a three-point advantage the rest of the way as Larsen, Atkinson, Jordei Osby and Ashlie Morrison continually chipped away at the lead, but another pair of kills by Whitmer closed out the second set, 25-22.
The Tornados kept the game close throughout the third set as Larsen, Morrison and Seaman started to heat up, but Whitmer closed out the match with a kill off the assist from Courson to end the game, 25-19.
The Tornados start a five-game road trip on Tuesday, October 27th as they head to Bristol, Tenn. to take on the Tornado of King College. First serve between Brevard and King is set for 7 p.m. Catawba stays in SAC play as they head home to Salisbury, N.C. to host Newberry College on Friday, October 30th at 7 p.m.