Lady Tornado Volleyball Dominates in Home Opener

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Led by impressive performances by freshman Payton Tipton and senior Ashley Pittman, King College women's volleyball rolled through Bluefield State College and local rival Virginia Intermont College in six straight sets. The Lady Tornado broke a four-game losing streak with a pair of victories to improve their overall record to 4-7.

King cruised to a three-set victory over NCAA Division II opponent Bluefield State in the opening match by scores of 25-10, 25-9 and 25-2. Strong service and aggressive net play allowed the Tornado to gain momentum in the straight-set win.

After a brief intermission the Lady Tornado welcomed Virginia Intermont (NAIA) from across the state line for a non-conference match. The Cobras came into the match with a 4-1 overall mark with three of their wins coming on the road. Their trip into the Student Center Complex did not keep with that trend after falling in three sets to King (25-17, 25-12, 25-20).

Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) finished the match with 18 digs, flailing all over the floor to keep the ball alive throughout the match. Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) played from post to post along the net, accumulating 25 assists against Virginia Intermont. Kirsten Hamel (Weaverville, N.C.) and Kelsey Griffits (Bristol, Va.) both tallied four blocks on the nets and as a team, King collected five service aces.

With the pair of wins, King improved to 4-7 overall as it prepares for its first Conference Carolinas match against North Greenville on the road. The Lady Tornado will play the Crusaders on Sept. 17 at 1:00 p.m. in Hayes Gymnasium.