Seaman and Larsen lead the way as Tornados defeat Catawba, 3-0
Duo combine for 29 kills in three-set sweep over SAC opponent
Salisbury, N.C. - Brooke Seaman hammered home 15 kills and Chelsea Larsen added 14 kills and 12 digs as the Tornados continued their winning ways this weekend, defeating SAC opponent Catawba in straight sets on Saturday afternoon, 25-19, 27-25 and 25-18.
The win marks the Tornados first conference victory this season as Brevard improves to 9-4, 1-3 in the South Atlantic Conference, while Catawba falls to 8-6, 2-3 in conference play.
Seaman led the Tornados attack with her 15 kills, hitting 35.5%, and recording three blocks, while Larsen, with 14 kills, hit 23.7% from her outside hitter position and recording a personal-best in digs for her collegiate career.
Sophomore middle hitter Ashlie Morrison added eight kills to the Tornados attack as Brevard hit 22.8% for the game. Bethany Stevenson had 20 assists and Lindsey Rogers added 17 assists to set up the Tornados offensive firepower
On the defensive side, libero Rebecca Schoonover and Chelsey Trojan each recorded 15 digs, while Jordei Osby continued her domination at the net with five blocks.
Catawba was led by Shay Meeks with 14 kills, hitting 25.7%. Megan Courson set up the Indians attack with 25 set assists as the Tornados held the Indians to a team attack percentage of 12.7%.
On the defensive side, Mai Zoua Lo had 14 digs and Jenny Young added 12.
Brevard opened up the first game with a 10-4 as Jamie Atkinson had a pair of kills and Caroline Merrill fired in a pair of service aces.
Catawba rallied back, bringing the game back within one on Taylor Doss’ serve as Meeks and Doss combined for a block on a Seaman attack.
The Tornados put the game away before Catawba could continue the rally as Seaman, the Tornados Preseason All-SAC First Teamer drove home the final point of set one as Brevard went up 1-0, 25-19.
The second set was deadlocked throughout the entire game as neither team could obtain a commanding advantage. The teams tied the game on 12 separate occasions with the last one coming at 25-25 before Atkinson and Osby blocked an attack by Catawba’s Melanie Slack to give the Tornados the brief advantage which was upheld as Slack’s next attack went wide as Brevard took set two, 27-25.
Buoyed by their thrilling game two win, the Tornados jumped out to a 13-1 lead in the third game, all on Trojan’s serve as Larsen hammered home four kills and Seaman contributed three of her own.
The Indians were unable to bring the game closer than seven points the rest of the way as kills by Rogers and Morrison ended the match in favor of Brevard, 25-18.
The Tornados are back in action on Tuesday, September 29th as Brevard travels down to Tigerville, S.C. to take on the Crusaders of North Greenville University. The Tornados won the first match between the two teams earlier this season in a thrilling five-set match on September 12th in Boshamer Gymnasium. First serve for the game is set for 7 p.m.