Coker Downs Lady Tornado in Five
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a back-and-forth affair with the Coker Cobras Friday night, King fell just short of extending its eight match winning streak with a 3-2 (25-11, 17-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9) loss in Hartville, S.C. Summer Kremer's 11 kills were not enough while the offense struggled in the loss.
Coker jumped out to a quick one-game lead though game results alternated until the decisive fifth set. The second set went in King's favor after breaking a 12-12 tie by going on a 12-3 run to close out the game and even the score at one set apiece.
King again fought valiantly in the third set before Coker broke away while King's offense sputtered with a .100 hit percentage in the third set. Despite being outhit by Coker in the fourth, King fought off a late comeback attempt by the Cobras late and forced a fifth game by a 25-23 count.
In the fifth, Coker jumped out to a 5-1 lead before King broke the momentum with a timeout. The lead turned out to be too great and unrecoverable by King in a 15-9 loss, leading to the 3-2 final score. King brought themselves within three points of the Cobras behind a trio of Cobra errors on the attack couples with kills by freshmen Lauren Willoughby and Olivia Underwood, but Coker made its final push with three of the four final points scored by Hannah Vadakin.
Kremer, a Mills River, N.C. native, led the team with 11 kills, marking her 16th match with 10 or more kills this season.
Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) led the defense with 22 digs while achieving four services aces. Olivia Underwood and Lauren Willoughby also put together double-digit dig days, combining for 22 digs between them.
The loss snaps an eight match winning streak and is their first loss in Conference Carolinas play this season. At 11-6 overall and 5-1 in the conference, they still stand atop the league in both win-loss standings.
King will continue its road trip against Belmont Abbey on Saturday, Sept. 29 with a 2 p.m. first service against the Crusaders.