King overtaken 3-1 by LMU

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College women's volleyball squad saw a six-match winning streak snapped Tuesday as Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.) University was able to leave the Student Center with a 3-1 decision.

After the contest King went to 15-3 on the season while Lincoln Memorial has an 11-3 mark.

The Lady Tornado was a 25-22 winner in game one, but Lincoln Memorial went onto take the match with scores of 25-21, 25-21 and 25-23 in the next three. The Lady Tornado improved to 17-1 in first sets thanks to Tuesday's 25-22 result. The last time King lost the opening set was against Mars Hill (N.C.) College on Sept. 4, 14 matches ago.

Morgan Machen (Kingsport, Tenn.) had a team-high 12 kills for King. Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va.) and Kaitlyn Musick (Weber City, Va.) both had 10 kills each. Musick was able to hit .409, the highest average on the team.

Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) was credited with 37 assists and served two aces. Rachel Harding (Abingdon, Va.) provided 14 digs out of King's 46 in the contest.

King jumped out early in game one with a 3-1 lead. The visitors tied things up at 4-4 and from there the match was within two points the rest of the way until King pulled away with the last two points. The middle portion of the set featured four ties at 8, 12, 18 and 20.

Lincoln Memorial grabbed the early advantage in game two, but could not build a lead over two points until a 12-9 advantage over King. The Lady Tornado battled back but eventually faced a 20-13 deficit. Four straight points brought King within three, 20-17, but the home team could not come any closer.

The largest advantage of the third game was 10-8 for Lincoln Memorial until the Lady Railsplitters built a 20-15 lead which proved too much for King to overcome.

Game four was nip and tuck early, but Lincoln Memorial built an 8-7 lead to 17-10. From there King rallied to cut the deficit to one, 21-20, but Lincoln Memorial went onto the match clinching victory.

The Lady Tornado hit .209 for the contest while Lincoln Memorial owned a hitting percentage at .256.

King had two more attack errors, 20-18, than Lincoln Memorial and two more serve errors, 12-10.

In King's previous two meetings with South Atlantic Conference schools, the Lady Tornado came up on the short side of 3-2 decisions against Tusculum (Tenn.) College and Mars Hill (N.C.) College.

The meeting Tuesday was the first time King and Lincoln Memorial had played since Sept. 22, 1998, when Lincoln Memorial won a 3-1 decision in Jefferson City, Tenn. The previous three meetings in the series all happened on neutral courts with Lincoln Memorial owning a 2-1 advantage since 1994.

King welcomes Bluefield State (W.Va.) College to Bristol for a 6:30 p.m. contest Thursday. King and Bluefield State met on Sept. 11 in Charleston, W.Va. with the Lady Tornado winning 3-0.