Volleyball 2008 Season in Review

Brevard, N.C. - In their first full year as members of the South Atlantic Conference, the Brevard College volleyball team came into the 2008 season with a goal to earn a berth in the SAC tournament. The team achieved their goal by sweeping the season series against Mars Hill on September 23rd and October 17th, and clinched their spot at home in Boshamer Gymnasium in a thrilling come from behind 3-2 victory over Tusculum.

For the year, the Tornados went 14-17, going 3-13 in the South Atlantic Conference during the regular season.

Led by preseason second-team All-SAC middle hitter Brooke Seaman, the Tornados looked to do some damage in the 2008 season as they introduced six freshmen to the rotation as well as junior college transfer Chelsey Trojan.

Brevard opened the season by splitting their first two games at the Montreat Tournament, winning against Reinhardt and dropping three sets against Shawnee State on August 30th. The Tornados would go on to win their next twelve sets in a row in blanking Montreat, Queens, Coker and Virginia Intermont, before falling to Columbia College in the last match of the BC Tournament on September 6th.

Following the BC Tournament, the Tornados would go on to take their next two matches defeating Belmont Abbey in five sets on September 11th, and North Greenville in four on September 13th.

After dropping their first two SAC games, the Tornados won their first conference game on September 23rd as they swept Mars Hill College in three.

Brevard opened October with a win at Converse College. The Tornados next victory came against Mars Hill on October 17th as they swept the season series against the Lions taking the match, 3-2. Four days later, BC faced off for the second time against North Greenville, but the result was the same as the Tornados won in five sets.

Needing a final victory to wrap up a spot in the Food Lion South Atlantic Conference tournament, Brevard went down two sets to none against Tusculum College on November 5th. The Tornados rallied to take the next three sets and the win, clinching their spot in the tournament.

Brevard came back from a 2-0 deficit for the second match in a row on November 8th, this time against Columbia to record the 3-2 victory, and then swept North Greenville 3-0 in the last home match of the season on November 11th to finish up the regular season.

In the SAC tournament, the Tornados drew No. 1 seeded Wingate in the first round. Brevard fought hard, taking the second set from the Bulldogs, but ultimately fell in four against the eventual SAC tournament champions.

For the season, the Tornados were ranked highly in several categories throughout the conference. As a team, Brevard ranked sixth in the conference in hitting percentage with a conversion rate of 18.8%, fourth in the conference in blocks per game averaging just under two blocks per set, and third in the conference in digs with over 15 per game.

Individually, Seaman led the conference in hitting percentage at 34%, was third in kills with 405 kills on the year with an average of 3.65 per set, and led the conference with 107 blocks, averaging 0.96 per set, on her way to making the post-season All-SAC Second Team. Seaman is the first BC volleyball player to be honored by the conference with a postseason award.

Seaman was joined in the SAC rankings by senior setter Jami Perry, who finished sixth in the conference with 849 assists, which translates to 7.86 assists per set.  Freshman middle hitter Jordei Osby finished ninth in the conference in blocks with 59, an average of 0.77 per set, while sophomore libero Rebecca Schoonover finished second in the conference with 455 digs, or 4.1 digs per set.

Other team individual leaders for the Tornados included Trojan who finished second on the team with 231 kills on the year, followed by freshman Chelsea Larsen who totaled 173 in her first collegiate season. Freshmen Lindsey Rogers and Kari Sims combined for 75 assists during a stretch in the season when Perry was unable to play due to injury. Trojan led the team in service aces with 29 on the season with junior defensive specialist Cori Emory right behind with 28.

On the receiving end, Trojan finished behind Schoonover with 303 digs on the year, with Perry and Emory rounding out the group with 273 and 194 respectively.

The Tornados lose only one senior this year, as Jami Perry finishes up her career holding the BC record for most assists in a single season with 1,372, and the record for the most assists in a career with 4,656. Perry also was team captain for the past three years and played an integral role in the team’s transition into South Atlantic Conference play.

However, the future looks bright for the Tornados as they will look to improve in their second full season in the conference. Brevard will return 13 players who saw significant playing time and gained valuable experience this year as the team gears up for what looks to be an exciting 2009 season.

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