GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Katie Luebke and
Carly Swisher recorded 22 and 21 kills,
respectively to lead the Tusculum College volleyball team to a
four-set win over visiting Brevard College Wednesday night at
Pioneer Arena in South Atlantic Conference action. The Pioneers
(14-5, 5-2 SAC) won by scores of 27-29, 25-10, 25-14, 25-23.
Tusculum posted a .351 hitting percentage on the night, led by Luebke's .465 attack effort (23-3-43), while Swisher tallied a .459 percentage (21-4-37). Rookie Erika Garcia finished with 20 digs, Gina Coffaro added 19 digs and Peyton Colclough finished with 57 assists in the victory.
Brevard's Rebecca Schoonover provided a brilliant defensive performance for the visitors as she tallied a match-best 25 digs. Brooke Seaman led the Tornados (9-8, 1-5 SAC) with nine kills, while Jami Perry dished out 27 assists and five digs. BC Chelsey Trojan and Cori Emory accounted for double-digit digs with 14 and 10, respectively.
In the first set, Tusculum jumped out a 16-10 lead, thanks to five straight points on Colclough's serve. Following a BC timeout, the Tornados would chip away at the deficit, going on an 8-1 run to take an 18-17 advantage. Later in the frame, Tusculum would be serving for set point on two occasions, including 27-26. But kills by Jordei Osby and Chelsey Trojan and a service ace by Chelsea Larsen sealed the 27-27 first set win for the Tornados.
The second set saw the Pioneers forge out to a 15-6 advantage, including four straight points by Coffaro and Luebke. TC would win the set 25-10. The Pioneers would never relinquish the lead in the third set either as Colclough had the hot had with three straight points as TC used a 14-6 spurt to close out the frame and a 25-14 triumph.
The fourth set look to be more of the same as Tusculum sprinted out to a 5-0 advantage, all on Colclough's serve. The Tornados wouldn't go away as BC used a 9-4 run to knot the set at 9-9, thanks to a pair of kills by Ashlie Morrison. TC moved ahead again 22-14 with a four-point run by Garcia. But the Tornados rallied with Lindsey Rogers accounting for four straight points as TC only led 22-19. Tusculum went up 23-19 following a kill by Kelsey Hayden, but the Tornados would score the next three points, including a kill by Morrison to make the score 23-22. After a TC timeout, Coffaro tallied a kill, while Hayden sealed match point with a kill to claim the set 25-23.
Tusculum goes on fall break and returns to action next Wednesday when the Pioneers travel to Harrogate, Tenn. to face in-state foe Lincoln Memorial University for a 6:30 p.m. match. Brevard will host Catawba College this Friday night at 6 p.m.
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