Tornados sweep season series with Montreat, 3-1
Seaman and Trojan record double-digit kills in the four set thriller
Brevard, N.C. - The Tornados snapped a recent two-game home skid Wednesday night against the visiting Montreat Cavaliers as Brooke Seaman fired in a game-high 17 kills to go with eight blocks and Chelsey Trojan came alive with 13 kills and 11 digs as Brevard won in four sets, 25-17, 25-18, 19-25 and 25-13.
With the win, Brevard improves to 11-6 on the season and completes the season sweep over the Cavaliers, while Montreat falls to 16-10.
Jordei Osby added nine kills and three blocks to the Tornados attack and Chelsea Larsen chipped in with eight of her own as the Tornados hit 28.2% for the game.
Libero Rebecca Schoonover continued to have the hot hand on defense, recording her fourth straight 20-plus dig game, leading all backline defenders with 20 digs, while Cori Emory added 16 and Lindsey Rogers kept 11 in play.
Rogers and Bethany Stevenson combined setting duties, with Rogers dishing out 24 set assists, while Stevenson added 22.of her own.
Montreat was led by the duo of Ellen Goodman and Allison Baumgartner, who both had double-digit kill games with Goodman recording a team-high 11 and Baumgartner 10.
Elisabeth Huitron and Alyssa Kaufman each had nine digs for the Cavaliers, while Natelie Nieman and Lyndsey Wall set up the Montreat attack with 16 and 11 assists respectively.
Brevard opened the game and held a consistent three-point lead 21 points into the game at 12-9 as Seaman hammered home three kills right off the bat and Larsen and Trojan added two apiece.
A kill by Kaufman cut the lead back to two, before the Tornados went on a 9-0 run on the serve of Rogers as Larsen and Trojan added kills to the onslaught.
Baumgartner put in two kills the rest of the way, but a service ace by Emory ended the first set in favor of the home team, 25-17.
Montreat opened the second set, going up 10-6 as Goodman and Kaufman began finding the floor, combining for six kills.
The lead advanced up to 15-8 on a kill by Baumgartner off the assist from Nieman.
A kill by Seaman gave the serve back to the Tornados and they again went on a tear, recording the next eight points on Trojan’s serve as Seaman placed in two more kills to put the score in favor of Brevard 18-16.
The teams swapped points on kills by Hannah Bostic and Seaman before Osby took control, pounding in a trio of kills before Ashlie Morrison drove home the game-winner, 25-18.
Montreat opened up the third set with another run, going up 14-7 as Goodman put in four kills.
The Tornados continued to fight throughout the set, but were unable to bring it back within five points the rest of the way as a misplay by Brevard extended the match into the fourth set, 25-19.
Brevard and Montreat swapped points at the beginning of the set as an error by Morrison put the game at 4-3 in favor of the Tornados early.
The score would remain within two until Caroline Merrill’s serve as the Tornados went on a 7-0 run to put the game at 13-6, with Merrill recording her first collegiate kill in the run.
Montreat stopped the momentum momentarily as Kaufman placed in a kill, but the Tornados came back on Trojan’s serve to go on another 7-0 run to put Brevard in full control of the match at 23-10.
Morrison closed out the match with a kill as Brevard took home the four-game set, 25-13.
The Tornados are back in action to play game four of their five game homestand as they host conference rival Mars Hill College in Boshamer Gymnasium on Friday, October 9th, at 7 p.m. Montreat is also in action on the 9th as they participate in the Asbury College Volleyball Invitational, with first serve for their game against Madonna University coming at 4 p.m.