Tornados fall in regular season finale to Eagles, 3-1
Morrison, Stevenson and Rogers shine in final match with BC
Jefferson City, Tenn. - Ashlie Morrison concluded her Brevard College career with a team high 13 kills, while Bethany Stevenson added 21 set assists and 12 digs as the Tornados took on the Eagles on Saturday afternoon, but Carly Swisher’s 19 kills made the difference as Brevard fell to Carson-Newman 25-9, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23.
Erin Rollins and Joy Oswalt had seven kills apiece to pace the Brevard (6-24, 0-18 SAC) offensive efforts as the Tornados hit 12.8 percent from the floor in the contest. Erin Cox added 10 set assists, while Lindsey Rogers finished up her BC career with a team high 16 digs in the four-set defeat.
Rachel Harper and Lauren Santarelli were both in double figures for the Eagles (17-13, 7-11 SAC), while Kristen Pickett set up the C-N attack with 50 set assists. Angelle Hayes led the Carson-Newman defensive efforts with a match high 17 digs and Courtney Lawson added 11 as the Eagles advance to the 2011 Food Lion SAC tournament.
Separate 6-0 and 7-0 runs gave the Eagles the 17-4 advantage in the first set before a Morrison kill ended the run. Taryn Gmitroski added a late kill for Brevard, but Swisher and a BC attack error closed out the set in favor for C-N, 25-9.
The Tornados broke a 4-4 tie in the second set in going up 9-4 paced by an Oswalt kill and a block by Jordei Osby and Gmitroski. The Eagles battled back to tie the match at 11 apiece after a kill by Ashley Ferris as the teams battled through seven ties and four lead changes in the set. A Carson-Newman service error gave the Tornados possession and back-to-back kills by Oswalt and Morrison extended the BC lead late in the set before Cox slammed home the set winner to even the score after the Brevard 25-22 set win.
A Swisher kill broke a 2-2 tie as the Eagles built a 13-6 lead in the pivotal third set. The lead expanded to 18-11 following a kill by Harper, but the Tornados battled back, cutting the lead down to 23-18 following a Morrison kill. However, back-to-back points by Swisher put Carson-Newman up 2-1 after the 25-18 victory.
Eight ties highlighted the final set of the match as the Tornados fought back from a 19-14 deficit behind three kills by Morrison before Brevard tied the set for the final time at 23 apiece following the Oswalt point. Swisher, however, cut the BC rally short with a kill and Carson-Newman closed out the win on a BC attack error to take the match.
The Tornados finish up the 2011 regular season with a 6-24 record, 0-18 in the South Atlantic Conference in their fourth season as full members of the NCAA Division II and the SAC.