October 26, 2011

Lady Tornado Extend Streak to Seven with Wins Over Limestone and Concord

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Sarah Van Goethem registered two double-double performances while fellow outside hitter Ashley Pittman tallied 31 kills in two matches, helping the Lady Tornado volleyball team to wins over Limestone College and Concord College on Tuesday.

King hosted a tri-match featuring the Saints and Mountain Lions, beginning a thrilling five-game win for the Lady Tornado over Limestone. The Navy and Scarlett earned the win (20-25, 25-8, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12) taking sets two, three and five in a key Conference Carolinas matchup.

Sarah Van Goethem recorded 16 kills and 18 digs in her second straight double-double game. It was the Aurora, Colo. native's tenth double-double performance of the year and her fourth in her last five matches.

Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) also put up a double-double digit effort of her own accord, registering 37 assists and 10 digs against the Saints. Adding to her all-around effort, the junior recorded four block assists and one solo block to accompany a trio of kills.

Senior Ashley Pittman (Norris, Tenn.) continued her strong performance at the net, posting 14 kills on 38 attempts (.286) with a pair of block assists, defensively. Mariah Herington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) put up her strongest defensive display of the season tallying nine block assists in the win.

Four King players hit double digit dig totals against Limestone. In addition to Van Goethem (18) and Earwood (10), the combination of Natalie Brown (Brentwood, Tenn.) and Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) totaled 23 digs between them.

King returned to the court following the Limestone-Concord match and continued their winning ways with a three-set win over the Mountain Lions (25-22, 25-16, 25-22). Pittman led the team with 17 kills through three sets, averaging just under six kills per game against Concord. She hit at a .343 clip (17-for-35) and committed only five errors.

Van Goethem put together a second double-double effort with 12 kills and 12 digs against the Lions. She also hit at an extremely high rate, converting 12-of-37 attack attempts for a success rate of .370 in the nightcap.

Though the Lady Tornado were not as dominant defensive against the Lions as they were in their earlier match, King took advantage of 17 attack errors and six service errors committed by the Lions.

Payton Tipton added a second double-digit dig game to her resume on Tuesday with 13 against Concord, leading the team during the match and making for a two-match total of 25 digs through eight sets played.

King improves to 18-11 overall and extend their current winning streak to seven consecutive matches. They are now 8-1 at home and possess a 10-4 Conference Carolinas record, jumping Limestone for the fourth spot overall and third in the Western Division.

Though the Lady Tornado are a lock for postseason play, they will still fight for an opportunity to host the first round and beyond of the Conference Carolinas Tournament beginning on Nov. 8. King has five matches left in the regular season, all against league opponents. Their final four matches are at home inside the Student Center Complex, with a pivotal matchup against the Erskine Flying Fleet on Senior Day wrapping up the regular season. The Lady Tornado next play Mount Olive on the road on Friday, Oct. 28 with first service at 6:00 p.m.