Lady Tornado Take Two Matches in Six Sets

ATHENS, W.V. – Led by senior Ashley Pittman's 31 kills and solid performances at the service line amongst the entire team, King College women's volleyball earned two wins in Athens, W.V. Wednesday afternoon, defeating Bluefield State and host Concord University in straight sets.

Pittman (Norris, Tenn.) had two double-digit kill matches against the BSC Lady Blues and CU Lions. She tallied 18 in her opening match against Bluefield State and hit at a .680 mark. She then followed up in the night cap against Concord with 13 kills.

"Pittman continues to provide a lot of leadership on and off the court for us," said Head Coach Chris Toomey. "Her offensive production has been phenomenal for us. She is a gamer that loves to compete and comes out every match motivated and focused. She is going to be a force for us all year long."

Junior Shannon Earwood also had a great day at the net setting up the front line offense. The CLASS registered 43 assists through two matches, good for 7.17 assists per set. She also added two service aces on a night that the team tallied 20 total.

Leading the team with eight service aces from the line was junior Natalie Brown (Brentwood, Tenn.). Kirsten Hamel (Weaverville, N.C.) and freshman Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) also chipped in with four aces apiece.

King (7-7, 1-0) took three sets from Bluefield State by scores of 25-14, 25-10 and 25-12 to defeat them for the second time this season. Earwood stood out with 18 assists and seven digs alone, accompanying Pittman's 18-kill showing.

"I have seen a lot of our youth get tested in the first 14 matches and also see that testing begin to show itself in a positive way," said Toomey. "They are starting to make good decisions and playing with more confidence."

The Lady Tornado returned to the court at the Carter Center and dispersed Concord in straight games 25-15, 25-22, 25-17. Brown tallied six of her eight services aces on the night in her match against the Lions alone, accompanying 10 digs.

King readies itself for the heart of their Conference Carolinas schedule, beginning a 12-game stretch against league opponents. They start with home matches against Belmont Abbey and Lees-McRae before taking to the road for their next six games. The Lad y Tornado host Belmont Abbey on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m. and Lees-McRae on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Student Center Complex.

"After the tough beginning of the season it is nice to win some matches and get into a rhythm," said Toomey. "It is exactly what we needed before getting back into conference play with two tough teams that are going to be natural rivals for us in the future."