Double W’s for King Women’s Volleyball

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a tri-match hosted by King College that included the St. Andrews Knights and the Mars Hill Lions, the Lady Tornado volleyball team took away two wins on Saturday afternoon. King defeated the Knights in three sets (25-14, 25-23, 25-12) then came back later to beat the Lions in four (20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21).

ST. ANDREWS 0, KING 3 (25-14, 25-23, 25-12) - box score
King adjusted their lineup to open with St. Andrews and breezed through three sets of play toward the victory. Three players finished with double-digit digs while Ashley Pittman (Norris, Tenn.) picked up her first double-double of the season with a team-leading 12 kills and added 11 digs against St. Andrews. Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) led the team with 17 digs and Joscelyn Knott (Lake Mary, Fla.) joined the trio with 12 digs.

The Lady Tornado hit .236 as a team against the Knights and began the match with a first game attack percentage of .308. Kirsten Hamel (Weaverville, N.C.) led the team hitting .400 (8-for-15). Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) was one of two Lady Tornado to hit double-digit kill totals, finishing the match with 10.

Knott also received some valuable playing time as the team's primary setter and had a season-high 35 assists. Jessica Hammond (Kingsport, Tenn.) also contributed with four service aces.

MARS HILL 1, KING 3 (20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 25-21) - box score
The Lady Tornado returned for the third and final match of the day to play Mars Hill, who had earlier beaten St. Andrews in straights sets. The Lions took the first game of the match after separating themselves near the midway point of the set.

King jumped out to early leads in each of the team's winning sets, all necessary in their wins. King enjoyed a seven-point lead early in the second set but closed the gap to within three later in the game. The front line of Hamel, Van Goethem and Pittman helped keep the distance and tie the match at one game each.

King again jumped out to an early lead, 5-1, in the third set but Mars Hill relentless battled back to even it up at 12, at one point. Errors hurt the Lions in the set, giving King nine points via attack errors alone. After a third set win, the Lady Tornado hopped on the back of junior outside hitter Sarah Van Goethem (Aurora, Colo.), who had eight of her 14 match kills in the decisive fourth set. With the assistance of two team blocks and three service aces, the Lady Tornado ran away with a 25-21 set and match win over the Lions.

Family Weekend brought King (14-11, 8-4) three wins in two days and two against Conference Carolinas competition. The following two games will be on the road at Belmont Abbey (Oct. 19) and at local rival Virginia Intermont (Oct. 20). King and Belmont Abbey will square off at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday night.