BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College battled and fought hard but lost a 3-2 women's volleyball contest at home against Tusculum (Tenn.) College Tuesday.
King took the opening set 25-23 before Tusculum won the next two 25-23 and 25-21. The Lady Tornado forced a fifth set thanks to a 38-36 marathon fourth set. Tusculum used a 15-11 decision in the fifth set for the match. The extended fourth set was the first time in 2010 that King needed extra points in a set and it was the longest set since the Lady Tornado and Union (Ky.) College played a 39-37 set in 2007 that was eventually won by Union.
Afterwards King went to 9-2 on the season as a six-match winning streak was halted. It was the third time this season the Lady Tornado played five sets and the squad went to 1-2 in such contests. King also went to 9-1 when winning the opening set so far in 2010.
Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) was credited with a season-high 51 assists and also served two aces.
Tusculum has an 8-3 record after the contest.
King welcomes Virginia Intermont College to the Student Center for a 6:30 p.m. contest Thursday. In the previous three seasons under the direction of head coach Chris Toomey, King has a perfect 6-0 record over the cross-town rivals.