Tornados fall in conference action, 3-1October 1, 2010
Brevard falls to Carson-Newman on the road
Jefferson City, Tenn. - Ashlie Morrison and Kortney Conner both reached double-digit kills on Friday evening in Holt Fieldhouse, but the Tornados fell to the Eagles in South Atlantic Conference action, 29-27, 22-25, 25-12, 29-27.
Morrison led Brevard (2-11, 0-8 SAC) with 14 kills in the match, hitting 36.7 percent overall for the evening. Conner added 11 kills and four service aces and Osby and Atkinson each had six as the Tornados hit 12.8 percent as a team. Lindsey Rogers set up the BC attack with 24 set assists, while Erin Cox added 10.
Defensively, Rebecca Schoonover led the Tornados with 14 digs, while Conner had eight digs in the match. Rogers and Sydney Yeomans each contributed seven digs on the backline, while Osby led Brevard at the net with six total blocks.
Carly Mozgai led the host Eagles (11-3, 5-3 SAC) in the match with 16 kills as Carson-Newman hit 22.4 percent as a team. Nikki James contributed 15 kills and Carly Swisher added 11, while Lara McDonald and Courtney Lawson combined for 51 set assists.
Angelle Hayes led the Eagles with 16 digs, while Lawson and Mozgai contributed 14 for the defensive effort. James led all players with nine total blocks for the match.
Carson-Newman opened up the first set going up 11-6 on a pair of James’ service aces, but the Tornados came back on Morrison’s serve, tying the match up on a Carson-Newman attack error. The remainder of the set went back and forth with neither team able to separate itself before the Eagles closed out the set on a pair of BC attack errors, 29-27.
The Tornados opened up the second set on a 12-3 run on Morrison’s serve as Conner had three kills early in the set and Morrison added a pair of service aces. The Eagles came back in the set on a 5-0 run to close the gap to 20-18 on Lawson’s serve, but kills by Osby and Morrison and an attack error by the Eagles split the match at 1-1, as Brevard closed out the set, 25-22.
Carson-Newman came out in the third set, scoring 17 of the first 26 points in the set behind three kills by Swisher, and two each by Rachael Bowlin and Mozgai, going up 17-9. Brevard attempted a rally late in the set, but James closed out the pivotal third set, 25-12, to put the Eagles up 2-1.
Morrison and Erin Rollins gave the Tornados and early 9-5 lead in the fourth set, but the Eagles rallied to tie the match up at 13 behind a pair of kills by Mozgai. The match would seesaw back and forth as the Tornados went up 21-19 on a Yeomans service ace, but the Eagles tied the match up at 24 on a kill by Sierra Weaver, before closing out the set on a pair of kills by Mozgai to take the match.
The Tornados continue on the road as they travel to Harrogate, Tenn. on Saturday, October 2nd, to take on Lincoln Memorial University. First serve between the SAC opponents is set for 3 p.m.