BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Women's Volleyball extended its current winning streak to eight matches and remained undefeated after defeating the North Greenville Crusaders, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-18), on Tuesday night. Summer Kremer led the offense with 10 kills while Kelsey Griffitts had a day at the net offensively and defensively.
King jumped out to a one-game lead after taking a 22 all tie deep into the first set before closing the deal, 25-23. Coming out of a timeout North Greenville's Yomi Adeyeye committed an attack error and was followed by a kill by junior Mariah Herington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) to set up set point. The Crusaders fought off defeat once with a block at the net on an attack attempt by Lauren Willoughby (Cary, N.C.), but the freshman came right back and put the game-ending kill away for the quick start.
The defense came to play in the second set with the team posting two total blocks on four block assists between Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.), Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.), and Mariah Herington. The offense spread the wealth around but also benefitted from eight attack errors and a .000 hit percentage by the visiting Crusaders. North Greenville once trailed by six points, 21-15, but returned tie the game behind a trio of attack errors and two blocks at the net. King then pulled away after facing a 21-21 second set behind kills from Herington and Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) then capitalized on three consecutive errors by NGU for a 25-22 win and 2-0 advantage.
The Lady Tornado maintained a strong handle of the third game after going on a 6-2 run early to achieve a five-point advantage, 15-10. King held that lead for the duration of the match, never letting NGU come within four points and taking the match with a seven-point win, 25-18.
King hit at a .256 attack percentage for the day behind Summer Kremer's 10 kills on 29 attempts (.276). Earlier in the day, Kremer had been awarded the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Player of the Week award.
Hitting at an incredible .643 percentage was junior Kelsey Griffitts, who finished 9-of-14 with zero errors to accompany three block assists.
Mariah Herington and Lauren Willoughby each had strong days on the offensive end, combining for 15 kills. Herington finished with eight kills on 24 attempts (.208) while Willoughby continued to be a viable offensive asset with seven kills. Each had one block assist.
The win extends the Lady Tornado's current winning streak to eight consecutive matches dating back to Sept. 12 when they upset defending conference champion Lees-McRae, 3-2, and snapped the Bobcats' 58-match league winning streak. Now, the Lady Tornado (11-5) have a streak of their own and remain the last unbeaten team in the conference at 5-0.
The team's steak will be taken on the road for three matches. Their road trip begins in Sumter, S.C. where they play the Coker Cobras on Sept. 28. The following day, King will play the Belmont Abbey Crusaders and play the final leg of their road trip out of conference against the Tusculum Pioneers. They will return home on Oct. 5 to begin a four-game homestand, beginning with the Converse Valkyries.