Volleyball Suffers Five-Set Loss at Brevard


BREVARD, N.C. -- Host Brevard held off Catawba to claim a five-set win in South Atlantic Conference volleyball action on Friday night at Boshamer Gym.  The Tornados improved to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the SAC with a 15-25, 25-13, 25-23, 21-25 and 15-7 win.  The Catawba Indians fell to 2-4 and 1-1.

McKenzie Garrison (Newton, N.C./Maiden) led Catawba with 10 kills and 14 digs.  Kimberly Hurtado (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) posted eight kills and libero Meredith Furr (Concord, N.C./Cox Mill) picked up 15 digs.  Allie Grubb (Trinity, N.C./Wheatmore) delivered eight kills with five blocks, while setter Rachel Stanford (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee) had 37 assists and a pair of aces.

Brevard got 21 kills and 10 digs from Callie Chappell and another 17 kills from Rachel Ruble.  Savannah Cox and Hannah Elmore also reached double digits in kills with 13 and 10, respectively.  Setter Erin Barr posted 52 assists and served four aces.

Catawba hit at 46% in the opening set, but was just 14% over the final four sets.  Brevard overcame a slow start and hit at 24% over the last four sets, which included a sparkling 44% in the final set.

The Lady Indians pulled away from a 7-7 tie early in set one to take the opening set.  A 9-1 run pushed a 13-10 edge to 22-11 after an ace from Stanford.  Stanford and Grubb also combined on a pair of blocks in the run.  Brevard jumped out to a 10-4 lead in set two and led throughout.  After consecutive kills from Chappell it was 18-5. 
A win in a tightly contested third set gave the Tornados a 2-1 edge in the match.  Catawba overcame an early 9-6 deficit to go on top 14-12.  Eight ties left the set tied 22-all before a kill from Chappell put Brevard up to stay.  Each team would score on attack errors before Chappell killed off the final point.

The Lady Indians stormed to a 7-1 edge to begin set four.  The lead would grow to 12-2, but Brevard would claw back to close the gap to 22-20.  Chappell had Brevard within 23-21 after a kill, but kills from Garrison and Allison Benton (High Springs, Fla./St. Francis) won the set for Catawba.

Brevard got the early edge in the deciding set, taking a 7-3 lead after an ace from Chappell.  A kill from Ruble made it 10-4.  Catawba scored back-to-back points to get back within four before three Brevard points made it 13-6.  Chappell would kill off the final point.

Catawba will next be in action on Tuesday as it hosts Queens in its home opener at 7 p.m.

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