TIGERVILLE, S.C. – The Brevard College Tornados Volleyball team (3-9) fell by a final of 3-0, Tuesday evening to the North Greenville Crusaders (10-4), as two consecutive .300 plus hitting sets for the Crusaders proved to be the difference in the match.
By Paul Morgan
Special to the Times
While every new sports team is a work in progress, Brevard College Head Volleyball Coach Anna Wagner is beginning to see the outline of a solid Tornado club that features a quartet of seasoned seniors and a tall, talented Tiger from nearby Rosman High.
Although BC lost record-setting impact players Fatima Gharachorloo and Kindle Kirkham to graduation, seniors Savannah Cox from Kannapolis, N.C., Bailey Hayes from Phoenix, Ariz., Alek Vrvilo from Beaverton, Wash. and Katie Ruff from Mill Spring, N.C. have stepped up and are playing well.
“We lost major leadership when Fatima and Kindle graduated,” Coach Wagner said, “but I have to say that this year’s seniors have made up that gap. There’s a lot of hype about senior leadership, but it’s a vital quality that can’t be overrated.”
BC’s seniors are ably supported by the strong junior class of Rachel Ruble from Advance, N.C., Bri Vargas from Maryville, Tenn., Erin Barr from Hamptonville, N.C., Maggie Weiss from Clemmons, N.C., Hannah Elmore from Salisbury, N.C., Kristen Rathbun from West Bloomfield, Mich., Kathryn Beasley from Mount Airy, N.C., Stephanie Lambert from Florence, Ky. and Josie McElroy from Lenoir City, Tenn.
Four sophomores and three freshmen make up the remainder of this year’s team. The second year players are Maura Emert from Knoxville, Tenn., Madilyn Fox from Dumfries, Va., Katelyn Didio from Mooresville, N.C. and Catherine Goss from Fairview, N.C.
There are only three freshmen on this year’s roster, Callie Chappell from Rosman, Leanne Belga from Hampton, Ga. and Chloe Mount from Trumansburg, N.Y.
Chappell has quickly forced herself into Coach Wagner’s starting lineup with her aggressive style of play. “Callie has been impressive,” Wagner said. “She constantly looks to improve her skills, and she has the competitive mentality that coaches love to see.”
The Lady Tornados traveled to St. Augustine, Fla. in early September, playing, and losing, four games in two days to larger schools Southern Indiana, Valdosta State and host Flagler as they searched for the best combination of players for this year’s starting team.
Returning to the friendly confines of its own gym, BC lost 3-2 to cross-state rival Queens College in a game that Coach Wagner described as “sloppy,” then righted the ship with a 3-2 home win over Catawba, followed by a road win over Lenoir-Rhyne by the same score.
BC then split a pair of South Atlantic Conference road matches, falling 3-0 to Tusculum in games much closer than the final score indicates, then knocking off Mars Hill in a 3-2 thriller. Last week, BC dropped a pair of matches to SAC foes Newberry and Anderson by identical 3-1 scores. BC now stands at 3-4 in conference play.
The Tornados have a rough four road game road trip this week, playing at North Greenville Sept. 27, at Coker Sept. 30 and, on Oct. 1, at Wingate for contests with both host Wingate and Wheeling Jesuit.
“It’s clear that this team’s success depends on playing with consistency on our side of the court, and that’s something that we’re still learning to how do,” Coach Wagner said. “We are building on last season’s growth (Wagner’s first as head coach), and we’re working hard on the mental piece of the game, learning how to win.”
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BREVARD, N.C. – The Brevard College Tornados Volleyball team (3-7, 3-3 SAC) fell by a final of 3-1 to the Newberry Wolves (5-8, 2-3 SAC) Friday evening from Boshamer Gymnasium, despite a noteworthy performance by senior middle hitter Savannah Cox (Kannapolis, N.C.) who ended the evening with 11 kills and a game high .300 hitting percentage.
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