September 21, 2010

Lady Tornado overtaken in long five-set contest with Tusculum

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.

Ashley Pittman (Norris, Tenn.) and Morgan Machen (Kingsport, Tenn.) both recorded 16 kills apiece for King. Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va.) and Sarah Van Goethem (Aurora, Colo.) added 10 kills each.

Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) was credited with a season-high 51 assists and also served two aces.

Rachel Harding (Abingdon, Va.) had 24 digs with a dozen from both Natalie Brown (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Lindsey Burke (Nickelsville, Va.). Brown also served six 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.