The Brevard College women’s volleyball (9-18, 8-8 USAS) completed its regular season with a split of two matches as part of a USA South Conference Tri-Match on Saturday afternoon at the Boshamer Gymnasium that included Senior Day and Dig Pink tributes.
Brevard defeated Wesleyan College (2-19, 1-13 USAS) in a three-set sweep, before dropping a match to Covenant (20-8, 14-2 USAS). BC will next turn its attention to the postseason as the Tornados had previously clinched a berth to the USA South Conference Volleyball Tournament, which begins Tuesday, November 2.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Pressley led the Tornados in the win over Wesleyan with a 10-kill, 11-assist performance. It marked the tenth time this season that the Brevard, North Carolina native has tallied double-digit kills and her 12th time with 10 or more assists.
Freshman Ashley Hoxit registered nine kills, while sophomore Makenna Parkins delivered seven kills to go along with 10 digs.
Sophomore Bailey Lance led the Tornados with 10 digs, while freshman Logan Priddy led BC with 13 assists.
Lance recorded six service aces to lead the way as the Tornados served a season-high 22 aces in the match. Lance’s six aces tied her for fourth in the BC record book for most aces in a single match in school history.
In addition to Lance, freshman Melanie Hoyle served four aces, while Graham, Hoxit, Parkins, and Priddy each served three aces en route to the season-high total.
BC won the first set 25-16, then dominated Wesleyan 25-11 in set two. The Tornados put away the match by winning six of the final seven points in the third set capped off by an electric kill by Hoxit off an assist from Graham for match point.
The second match of the day saw Covenant defeat BC 25-18 in set one, 25-12 in set two, and 25-20 in the third set. The match featured eight ties and six lead changes with the Tornados taking several leads in both the first and third sets. Ultimately, the Scots pulled away in the third set despite a furious 5-0 scoring run by the Tornados late in the match.
Priddy dished out 15 assists in the second contest, while Lance led BC defensively with 17 digs. Pressley tallied eight kills and nine assists, to go along with seven kills and two aces from Hoxit.
Brevard will begin USA South Conference Tourn-ament play this week, marking the first time since 2015 that the Tornados have qualified for the postseason in volleyball.