March 10, 2014

Tornado pick up three conference weekly awards

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University took home three Conference Carolinas weekly awards last week when the league announced their winners on Monday. Softball's Chrissy Melcher and Mariana Hosomi and Rodrigo Avila of the Tornado tennis teams were named Conference Carolinas Players of the Week for the week ending Monday, March 3.

Because of logistical issues with hosting the Conference Carolinas Basketball Tournament and widespread power outages in the High Point, N.C., area, the conference office was delayed in announcing the awards until this afternoon.

Melcher raised her season batting average to .538 during a 1-4 week for the Tornado. Her best game came during King's 9-2 win at Erskine on Saturday, when she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two walks, and an RBI. She was 10-for-17 at the plate overall in the five games, hitting two doubles and a home run and slugging 1.000. Her hitting streak stood at a career-high 17 games dating back to King's third game of the season at the time of the award. She had recorded hits in 25 of her last 26 contests dating back to last season and led the conference in batting average by exactly .100 points.

Hosomi went 3-1 in singles play this week, falling to Mars Hill's Lucy McLauren before winning her final three matches, two in conference play, to close out the week. She and partner Naomi Reyes swept through doubles play at the second flight on the week, including a sweep of Belmont Abbey's Lydia Schellenberg and Paige French, helping King to a 2-2 record.

Avila's 7-1 record this week helped King to a 2-2 week. He did not lose in singles play all week, including a pair of dominant wins over Juan Vargas and Juan Baez of North Greenville and Belmont Abbey in conference play. Avila won three of his four matches at the second flight in straight sets. At No. 1 doubles, Avila and Leo Brigato went 3-1, picking up a pair of conference wins and a victory over Mars Hill's top duo.

The Tornado softball team is scheduled to be in action again on Wednesday and Thursday when they host Carson-Newman University and Tusculum College. The King tennis teams return to action on March 18 when they host Lees-McRae College.