Tornados drop SAC opener on the road, 3-0
Brevard's comeback in the third set falls short in loss to Mars Hill
Mars Hill, N.C. - Mars Hill jumped out to an early start in the first set against Brevard College on Friday evening inside Stanford Arena, and though the Tornados battled back against the Lions behind Ashlie Morrison’s seven kills and Lindsey Rogers’ 15 digs, Brevard was unable to complete the comeback in falling in three sets, 25-9, 25-11, 25-15.
Morrison led the way for Brevard (3-3, 0-1 SAC) in the match, recording a team-high seven kills in the match, while Erin Rollins and Erin Cox recorded four apiece for the BC attack. Bethany Stevenson set up the offense with nine assists, while Cox and Rogers both contributed offensively with seven and six set assists respectively. Stevenson also contributed a pair of set assists, while Rogers led the team with 15 digs on the backline.
The Lions (3-1, 1-1 SAC) recorded the first five points of the opening set, before Morrison’s first kill of the match put the Tornados on the board. Morrison added another and Jamie Atkinson found the court putting the match at 6-3, before Mars Hill went on a 5-1 run, extending their lead to 11-4 on kills by Chelsea Larsen, Marissa Wixson and Evie Tafunai.
Kortney Conner ended the run with a kill off the assist from Stevenson, but the Lions responded with another run, going up 19-5 before closing out the opening set 25-9.
The momentum carried over into the second set as the Lions scored the first seven points of the match on their way to building a 17-5 lead following a kill by Doneisha Gartica. The Tornados battled back as Joy Oswalt hammered home a kill off the assist from Cox and Rollins put points on the board for Brevard as BC scored five of the next six points in cutting the lead to 18-10 after a service ace by Stevenson.
Mars Hill closed out the set with a 7-1 run, with Morrison breaking up the Lions’ streak with a well-placed kill, before Hillary Gambrell placed in a service ace giving the Lions the 2-0 lead after the first two sets.
In the final set, the Lions again jumped out early, recording 10 of the first 12 points, but a kill by Conner ended the Mars Hill run as the Tornados strung together their largest run of the run, cutting the lead down to two points.
The run started on Conner’s kill and continued as Oswalt, Morrison, Taryn Gmitroski, and Cox recorded points around a Conner ace as the Tornados went on an 11-5 run to put the score at 15-13.
However, the comeback was cut short as the Lions went on an 8-0 run, going ahead 23-13 on Laura Ann Huskey’s serve as Mars Hill closed out the match with the 25-15 victory.
Brevard takes a week off from action before opening the 2011 home schedule with a South Atlantic Conference match against Newberry College scheduled for Friday, September 16th. First serve in Boshamer Gymnasium is set for 6:30 p.m.