MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. - King College needed four sets, but the Lady Tornado left Milligan (Tenn.) College a 3-1 winner Tuesday.
King improved to 11-2 on the season and pushed a winning streak against Milligan to 11 straight, a streak that dates back to the 2005 season. Milligan fell to 13-7.
After a 25-23 first-set victory for King, Milligan evened up the match thanks to a 25-19 second set. The Lady Tornado rallied in game three to take it 36-34 and then closed out the match after winning game four 25-20.
Ashley Pittman (Norris, Tenn.) had a match-high 17 kills for the Lady Tornado. The 17 kills is her third straight double-digit effort and the second highest total of 2010 for the junior. Both Morgan Machen (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Kaitlyn Musick (Weber City, Va.) added 14 kills apiece.
Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) provided a season-best 54 assists with 11 digs for her second double-double of the 2010 season. Rachel Harding (Abingdon, Va.) had 19 digs to lead that category while Lindsey Burk had 11 to go along with two aces.
The home standing Lady Buffs jumped out in game one to a 10-6 advantage, but King eventually took a 14-12 lead after a Milligan error. Milligan built a four-point advantage only to see the Lady Tornado answer. King was able to score the last three points of the set for the decision.
The last lead King enjoyed in set two was at 7-6. From there Milligan gained the lead and eventually the deficit was as many as nine in the later moments before King made a push late.
King and Milligan went back and forth early in game three, but the Lady Buffs took a 12-9 lead. With the Lady Tornado trailing 18-15, King forced a tie, the first being 21-21. Milligan reeled off three straight points, but could not put away the set. In the extra points, King had just two serves to finish the set while Milligan had six match points with the serve.
Once again King fell behind early in game four and trailed 5-1 at one point. A 7-3 tied things at eight and from there King never looked back.
King will travel to the East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University State Farm Classic for four matches on Friday and Saturday. On Friday the Lady Tornado opens with C.W. Post at 1 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. contest with Queens (N.Y.).