BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Women's Volleyball has a very successful Saturday when they hosted both Queens University of Charlotte and Lander University at the Student Center Complex and came away with two wins to help them remain the only unbeaten team in Conference Carolinas and improve to 10-5 overall. Summer Kremer combined for 31 kills and 17 digs over the two matches to help lead the Lady Tornado in a pair of 3-1 victories.
GAME 1 – Queens (N.C.) 1, King 3 (26-24, 25-19, 26-28, 25-18)
Summer Kremer and Lauren Willoughby led the Lady Tornado with 15 kills each helping King win against Queens, 3-1, to open a set of three matches to be played at the Student Center Complex on Saturday afternoon.
King (9-5, 4-0 Conference Carolinas) won a close opening set, which included a 6-0 run after trailing 10-9 to make it 15-10 King. Queens (7-5, 3-1) rallied to tie the set at 23 apiece. A Royals error gave the Lady Tornado set point at 24-23. Queens got a kill to knot the score again at 24. Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) put away her fourth kill of the set to give the Lady Tornado another chance to close out the set. Brooke Calhoun (Jonesborough, Tenn.) then served an ace and the Lady Tornado took the first, 26-24.
In set number two, the Lady Tornado raced out to a 7-2 lead causing Queens to use an early timeout. The Royals closed the gap slightly but had to use their second and final timeout of the set when King made it 14-10. The teams then split the next eight points before the Royals committed four straight errors which gave King a 22-14 lead. Lauren Willoughby (Cary, N.C.) later gave King a 24-18 lead and a chance to take the second set. Following a service error on King, the Lady Tornado took the second set, 25-19, on a kill by Grace Underwood (Pearland, Texas), who had eight kills on the afternoon, to give King a 2-0 lead.
The third set was a tight one the whole way. At one point, the Lady Tornado trailed 16-12, but rallied to tie the score at 16. Neither team led by more than two points the rest of the set, including when the score was tied at 23 when Willoughby, who had a .444 hitting percentage for the match, put away a kill to give King match point at 24-23, however, a Queens kill knotted the score again at 24. Queens had two chances to take the set at 25-24 and 26-25 but the Lady Tornado erased both of those chances. Finally with Queens leading 27-26, an error by the Lady Tornado allowed Queens to take the third set, 28-26.
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King dominated for most of the fourth set, racing out to a 17-6 lead. Queens responded with a 9-2 stretch to close the gap to 19-15. The Lady Tornado then took the next four points to widen the gap again to eight points, 23-15. After Queens tightened the score to 23-18 on three straight Lady Tornado errors, a Willoughby kill gave King their second match point. An error on the Royals gave King the set, 25-18, and the match, three sets to one.
Queens had a balanced attack on the afternoon with Lindsey Everhart having 12 kills and Keri Kemp adding 10. Elizabeth Bialkowski hit most efficiently for the Royals with a .429 attack percentage from eight kills on 14 attempts.
With the victory, King is the only undefeated team left in Conference Carolinas play.
GAME 2 – Lander 1, King 3 (25-17, 18-25, 25-12, 25-20)
After a brief intermission where Queens defeated Lander University (3-2) in a nonconference, neutral site game, the Lady Tornado returned to the court to finish their night against the Bearcats. Though Lander had three players have 10 or more kills each, the effort was not enough to overcome the strong defensive play of King in their four-set victory.
King rolled to a 25-17 opening set win to take an early lead before Lander evened up the match at one game each. Summer Kremer belted five of her 16 total kills in the third set, terminating half of her 10 attempts and committing one error in the set win, 25-12. After accumulating a six-point lead, 16-10, Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) led King to a five-point run to build an 11-point lead. Consecutive errors by the Bearcats sealed the third set, allowing King to build all the momentum they needed for the clinching fourth game.
Kremer again was on point with another five kills in the fourth game but her seven digs also helped in the defensive effort necessary in the win. The emergence of Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) also aided as the sophomore hit .429 in the set, terminating 4-of-7 attack attempts with only one error.
Tied 20-20 late in the fourth, King broke away with five straight points to seal the win behind the service of Grace Underwood. Two attack errors on the Bearcats' part plus Summer Kremer's 16th and final kill led right into Underwood's service ace for match point.
Kremer hit at a .343 clip (16-of-35) and added 10 digs for her first double-double of her career. She was one of five King players to achieve 10 or more kills, joining Heather Harvey (11), Lauren Willoughby (10), Payton Tipton (18), and Brooke Calhoun (11). Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) led the team at the net with 2.5 total blocks (one solo).
With two wins on Saturday, King jumps to 10-5 overall and is the only remaining unbeaten team in league play with a 4-0 mark. They will defend their undefeated ledger on Tuesday, Sept. 25, when they host the North Greenville Crusaders at 7 p.m.