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The Clarion | September 11,2019
Battle of the Blue Ridge
The BC women’s tennis team traveled to Sweet Briar, Virginia on Friday,
Sept. 6 to play in the “Battle of the Blue Ridge” tournament September
7 and 8 hosted on campus by Sweet Briar College.
The tournament consisted of four teams sorted into three different
brackets. The teams included Brevard College, Shenandoah College,
Catholic College and Sweet Briar College. The brackets were the Main
Draw, the Pink Draw and the Green Draw from top to bottom. All players
from each team had the chance to play in at least four matches on Saturday.
Those that won played on Sunday as well.
Sarah locovozzi won the Pink Draw championship match with a score
of 6-0, 7-5 against Shenandoah’s Jada Lewis. Alii Kogoy won the Green
Draw championship title against Kathleen O’Connell from Catholic
College by scoring 6-0, 6-2. locovozzi and Kogoy, two of the freshmen,
brought home the first two wins of the fall season for women’s tennis. For
more info visit the Tornados Athletics page on the BC website.
— Carmen Boone
Photo by Caroline Gerke
Samantha Sepe hits a winning backhand to advance to Sunday’s Main Draw
Five-set opener highlights
By Joseph Marvin
Assistant Sports Infornnation Director
The Brevard College Tornados Volleyball Team (0-7) hosted a
tri-match, as BC welcomed Guilford College (3-3) and Piedmont
International University (4-3) to the Boshamer Gymnasium on Saturday.
Brevard matched up with the Bruins of Piedmont International for
the first match, where PIU won a thrilling five-set match, 3-2, over the
Tornados. The Bruins then faced Guilford in the middle match, which
also went five sets long. Guilford, who was on the brink of defeat trailing
2-1 in the contest, battled back to defeat the Bruins in five sets. The tri
match was capped off with Brevard vs Guilford, as the Quakers swept
the Tornados in straight sets. Total playing time for the action-packed
tri-match was five hours and 37 minutes.
The opening contest saw the Tornados go to five sets for the second time
this season. Sophomore Sydney Fox set a new career-high In kills (20)
to boost the Tornados' attack. Freshman Breanna O'Shields matched her
season-best 10 kills set just a day ago versus Salem College, as the pair
of Tornado attackers combined for 30 of Brevard's 43 kills in the match.
Junior setter Hannah Gordon matched her season-high assist output,
as the Brevard, N.C. native dished out 35 total assists.
Fox, Gordon, and O'Shields all produced double-double efforts in
impressive individual showings.
Defensively, five Tornados recorded double-digit dig totals - Mariana
Rodriguez (32), O'Shields (20), Fox (16), Gordon (12), and Morgan
In the first set, the Tornados struggled to establish their footing, as the
Bruins controlled throughout for a 25-13 victory. After starting on a 5-0
run, the Bruins were tested by Brevard's efforts. The Tornados cut to
within three points, trailing 11-8, before Piedmont International closed
the set out on a 14-5 scoring run.
The Tornados jumped out early in the second set, as BC's early 6-3
advantage forced a Bruin timeout. In a set that featured two ties and three
lead changes, the Tornados led by as many as eight points before PIU
cut into the deficit. With Brevard on match point, the Bruins railed off
three-straight scores to cut BC's lead to just one at 24-23. However, a Fox
kill assisted by Gordon clinched the second set in favor of the Tornados.
For the second-straight set, the Tornados jumped to an early lead.
Brevard led Piedmont International 20-12 before the Bruins stormed back,
using an impressive 13-2 scoring run to come-from-behind and win what
proved to be a crucial third set, 25-22.
A back-and-forth fourth set, which featured six ties and three lead
changes, went in Brevard's favor. Leading 24-23, Rodriguez' service ace
clinched the fourth set for the Tornados.
The fifth set stayed tight through the early goings, with the Bruins
holding a slim 6-5 advantage early. However, a four-point run helped
propel the Bruins to the match-clinching fifth-set victory, 15-9
New faces made an impact for the Tornados in the second match of the
day. Freshmen Julie McGahy and O'Shields each drove home six kills,
while freshman Timiah McGhee recorded her first-career service ace.
Gordon (17 assists) and Rodriguez (13 digs) anchored the Tornados'
passing and defensive efforts in the contest.
After the Quakers controlled sets one and two (25-13, 25-12), Brevard
put together a spirited third set effort, battling back to tie the set late before
eventually falling, 27-25.
The Tornados return to action next weekend for a tri-match in
Misenheimer, N.C., hosted by fellow USA South Member Pfeiffer
University. The Tornados face the host Falcons on Saturday, September
14 at 12 p.m. before taking on Toccoa Falls College in neutral-site action
at 2 p.m.
Breanna O’Shields reaches for a ball in Saturday’s opener.