GREENEVILLE, TENN. – Summer Kremer had 21 kills for King but it was not enough as Tusculum College defeated King, 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-21, 25-20), on Tuesday night. Freshman Lauren Willoughby added her second double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs while Payton Tipton had 21 digs and five aces for the Lady Tornado.
The first set was back and forth with both teams putting together multiple lengthy runs. Tusculum (11-3) got off to an 8-4 lead, but King (11-8) responded with four consecutive points to knot the score at eight. Tusculum later scored five straight points in the set to take a 14-9 lead, prompting the Lady Tornado to use their second timeout of the set. The Lady Tornado took six consecutive points late in the set to cut Tusculum's lead to 23-20. However, the Pioneers won two of the last three points to take the first set, 25-21.
The second set was tight for most of the way. After Tusculum called a timeout with the score tied at 14, the Lady Tornado scored nine of the next 11 points to take a 23-16 lead. Tusculum tightened the score to 23-19, but a Pioneer service error and a kill by Mariah Herington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) allowed King to take the second set 25-20 to even the match at a set apiece.
The third frame was another close one, with Tusculum holding a narrow lead for much of the set. Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) had a perfect third set with seven kills in seven attempts for the Lady Tornado. Despite Kremer's efforts, Tusculum went on a 5-0 run late in the set to take a 23-17 lead and went on to claim the third set 25-21 to take a two sets to one advantage.
Tusculum led throughout much of the fourth set, including getting off to an 11-6 lead. King scored four straight points to make the score 11-10. The Lady Tornado kept the score close throughout the set, but Tusculum eventually took another five point lead at 24-19 to give them match point. King saved one, but Kassie Voelker made her 15th kill of the night for Tusculum to take the set, 25-20, and the match three sets to one.
The Pioneers held the advantage at the net, posting nine team blocks to King's three. Kassie Voelker led Tusculum in both kills, 15, and blocks, 3.5, including two solo blocks.
Other statistical leaders for the Pioneers include Caitlyn Dean who led Tusculum with 28 digs and Megan Hasse added 13 kills for the Pioneers.
Freshman Lauren Willoughby (Cary, N.C.) set a new career high in total attempts with 48, 20 more than her previous game high set against Armstrong Atlantic on Sept. 7. Her 15 kills helped her achieve her second double-double, coupling with 11 digs against the Pioneers. It is also her second double-double of her career.
Freshman Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) nearly hit the 50-set mark but tied her career high assist mark with 48. She previously achieved 48 assists against USC Aiken in Banner Elk, N.C. on Sept. 14. Her 137 set attempts is a new career high.
Summer Kremer led the Lady Tornado with 21 kills on 44 attempts, leading the team in hit percentage at a .364 clip. She also had a team best two block assists. Peyton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) led the team with 21 assists and was one of four players with 10-plus assists.
The Lady Tornado are back in action at the Student Center Complex on Friday, Oct. 5. King will attempt to break a three-match losing streak when they host Converse College in a Conference Carolinas matchup with a start time scheduled for 7:00 p.m.