King earns AVCA Team Academic AwardBRISTOL, Tenn. – For the fourth straight year since becoming NCAA Division II members, the King University women’s volleyball team has earned American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. The AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school teams that maintain at least a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Volleyball coaches announce 2014 summer campsBRISTOL, Tenn. – Ryan Booher and Morris Cephas, head coaches of the King University men’s and women’s volleyball teams, have announced the dates of the 2014 Tornado Volleyball Skill Camps.
Cephas chosen to lead King women's volleyballBRISTOL, Tenn. – Along with time comes change, and for the first time in three decades, some with a last name other than Toomey will be leading the King University women’s volleyball program. Following an exhaustive search that included a more than 70 applicants, King alumnus Morris Cephas was announced as King’s next women’s volleyball head coach.
Claussen named interim head coachBRISTOL, Tenn. – On Friday, Heather Claussen was named the King University interim head volleyball coach. Claussen was an assistant under previous head coach Chris Toomey this past season as Toomey resigned earlier this month.
Griffitts named Conference Carolinas Fall Scholar AthleteBRISTOL, Tenn. – King University women’s volleyball player Kelsey Griffitts continues to win awards after her stellar senior campaign. Most recently, Griffitts was named Conference Carolinas Fall Scholar Athlete for women’s volleyball.
Griffitts earns Capital One Academic All-America honorsBRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in school history, a King University student-athlete has been named to the Capital One Academic All-America first team. Following a stellar senior campaign, King women’s volleyball player Kelsey Griffitts earned the distinction when the awards were released on Wednesday.
Toomey steps down from King women's volleyballBRISTOL, Tenn. – Chris Toomey has resigned as King University's head women's volleyball coach to accept the position of Next Generation Director at St. John Church in St. Louis, Mo. Toomey ended his tenure as women's volleyball head coach on high note, leading the Tornado to an overall record of 32-5 and their first Conference Carolinas championship.
Kremer, Tipton earn recognition from AVCABRISTOL, Tenn. – The season may be over, but the King University women’s volleyball team keeps winning awards. Summer Kremer was named American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Southeast Region, and Payton Tipton earned honorable mention honors.
Kremer takes TSWA weekly award for third timeBRISTOL, Tenn. – King University’s Summer Kremer garnered Player of the Week honors from the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for the third time this season after recording 40 kills in three matches for the Tornado.
Tornado fall at Belmont Abbey in CC Tournament finalBELMONT, N.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team’s season came to an end on Saturday afternoon as the fell to top seeded Belmont Abbey College in the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship match. The Tornado came within one point of taking the first set, but the Crusaders scored the final three points of the frame take the set and the momentum as the took the 3-0 win.
Tornado advance to CC final with win over LimestoneBRISTOL, Tenn. – Win and advance. When it comes to postseason play, that’s what it’s all about, and that’s exactly what the King University women’s volleyball team did on Wednesday night at the Student Center Complex. The Tornado fought through some adversity as their defense carried them to a 3-1 win over sixth seeded Limestone College to advance to the Conference Carolinas Tournament championship match on Saturday.
Tipton headlines six Tornado named All-Conference CarolinasBRISTOL, Tenn. – The Conference Carolinas co-champion King University women’s volleyball team had six players honored by the league on Wednesday. Payton Tipton led this group as she was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year while Kelsey Griffitts, Summer Kremer and Olivia Underwood all garnered first team honors.
Tornado sweep Converse, advance to CC semisBRISTOL, Tenn. – It wasn’t always easy, but the King University women’s volleyball team advanced to the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals with a 3-0 sweep of seventh seeded Converse College on Saturday. Kelsey Griffitts, Summer Kremer and Grace Underwood paced the Tornado attack that hit over .300 in the final two sets.
Tornado place six on volleyball academic all-conference teamBRISTOL, Tenn. – The Conference Carolinas office announced its Academic All-Conference team for women’s volleyball on Wednesday morning, with six King University student-athletes earning a selection based on their outstanding work in the classroom. King had the most representatives of any conference school, as no other institution had more than four student-athletes receive Academic All-Conference honors.
Offense leads King to first Conference Carolinas titleBRSITOL, Tenn. – For the first time since joining Conference Carolinas, and the first time in five years, the King University women’s volleyball team is conference champions. The Tornado defeated Mount Olive College 3-0 on Saturday afternoon in the Student Center Complex to earn a share of the Conference Carolinas title, going 17-1 in league play.
Tornado cap regular season with sweep of VIBRSITOL, Tenn. – After clinching their first Conference Carolinas championship earlier in the afternoon, the King University women’s volleyball team capped the regular season with a 3-0 sweep of crosstown rival Virginia Intermont College. Senior Kelsey Griffitts led the attack on Senior Day with nine kills and an attack percentage of .562.
Bench lifts King past BartonBRISTOL, Tenn. – It may not always be pretty, but coaches can’t complain when they win conference matches. The King University women’s volleyball got off to a slow start on Friday night, but got a spark from Lauren Willoughby off the bench to come back and defeat Barton College 3-1 at the Student Center Complex.
Griffitts named first team Capital One Academic All-DistrictBRISTOL, Tenn. – Kelsey Griffitts became the first King University women’s volleyball player to earned first team Capital One All-District III honors since King’s transition to NCAA Division II. The senior has led the Tornado attack all season, ranking atop Conference Carolinas in attack percentage.
Tornado sweep Saint Augustine's and ConverseBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s volleyball team continued to play at a high level on Wednesday when the swept a pair of matches at a home triangular. The Tornado first defeated nonconference foe Saint Augustine’s University 25-11, 25-17, 25-19 before topping Conference Carolinas opponent Converse College 25-13, 25-21, 25-17 to sweep the day.
King tops Valkyries on the roadSPARTANBURG, S.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team stayed on the road to take on Converse College in a Conference Carolinas match. The Tornado offense came ready to attack, leading King to the 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 25-20) victory.
Kern, Willoughby lead King to win at LimestoneGAFFNEY, S.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team faced some adversity on the road Friday night at Limestone College. The Tornado led the match 2-1, but fell behind by eight points early in the fourth set. However, the King offense awoke and dug out of the hole to close the match on a 21-5 run to take the 3-1 Conference Carolinas victory 25-21, 14-25, 25-19, 25-17.
Serving, defense lead King to win over ErskineBRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in two weeks, the King University women’s volleyball team got the comfort of playing in front of their home fans. The Tornado got off to a slow start, but King’s serving and defense carried them to the 3-0 sweep of Erskine College in Conference Carolinas play.
Underwood leads King to comeback win at Mount OliveMOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – Playing their third match on a four-day road trip, the King University women’s volleyball team had to come back to defeat Mount Olive College. The Tornado dropped the first set 26-24, but rebounded to take the final three 25-18, 25-13, 25-13 for the win.
King bounces back with sweep at BartonWILSON, N.C. – Following their first loss in nearly two months, the King University women’s volleyball team responded with an emphatic road win against Barton College. The Tornado cruised to a 25-14 first set victory before taking the final two sets 25-13 and 25-14 to take the clean sweep from the Bulldogs.
Belmont Abbey ends King's 19-match winning streakBELMONT, N.C. – In what was one of the biggest matches of the year, the King University women’s volleyball team traveled to take on Belmont Abbey College in a raucous Wheeler Center with first place in Conference Carolinas on the line. The Crusader defense kept the King offense off balance all night en route to the 3-0 sweep, ending King’s 19-match winning streak.
Conference Carolinas Announces New Video SeriesHIGH POINT, N.C. – Conference Carolinas is pleased to announce a new video series Getting to Know Your Student-Athletes. The first two student-athletes to be featured are Payton Tipton from King University and Dylan Lafond from Mount Olive College.
Kern takes TSWA Player of the Week awardBRISTOL, Tenn. – For the third time this season, a King University women’s volleyball player has been named Tennessee Sportswriters Association Player of the Week. This week, King’s Maribeth Kern earned those honors after leading the Tornado to a 4-0 week last week.
Tornado sweep Crusaders, extend winning streak to 19BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University started their home match against North Greenville University on fire and never looked back as they took the clean sweep, 25-12, 25-21, 25-18 over the Crusaders. With the win, King extends their winning streak to 19 matches, pushes their Conference Carolinas record to 9-0.
King sweeps Johnson C. Smith triangularCHARLOTTE, N.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team jumped out of conference to take on Johnson C. Smith University and Morris College in a triangular on Saturday. The Tornado took the first match from Morris 3-0 (25-8, 25-10, 25-10) before defeating the host Golden Bulls 3-0 (25-11, 25-9, 25-18).
Tornado sweep Lees-McRae, extend winning streak to 16BANNER ELK, N.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team continued to stay hot, even when they took to the road on Friday night. The Tornado traveled to Conference Carolinas rival Lees-McRae College and kept their perfect league record intact as King topped the Bobcats 3-0.
Kern's double-double leads King to win over LimestoneBRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s volleyball team stayed hot behind their offense on Wednesday night in the Student Center as Maribeth Kern led the Tornado to a 3-1 win over Limestone College. Kern turned in an all-around performance to post her sixth double-double of the season and lead King to their 15th consecutive victory.
Tornado top Bobcats, extend win streak to 14BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s volleyball team opened their match with Conference Carolinas rival Lees-McRae College on a mission as they looked to stay undefeated in league play. The Tornado opened the match with a 25-16 victory, but dropped the second set 25-19. King the rebounded to take the final two sets 25-12 and 25-19 for the 3-1 victory.
Kremer repeats as TSWA Player of the WeekBRSITOL, Tenn. – For the second time today, and the second time in as many weeks, King University’s Summer Kremer has earned another weekly award. The junior outside hitter has garnered Player of the Week honors from the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for the second week in a row.
King sweeps Pfeiffer on the roadMISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team put the undefeated Conference Carolinas record on the line Tuesday evening when they traveled to Pfeiffer University. The Tornado offense came out firing as King took the sweep, 25-16, 25-18, 25-17 from the Falcons to move to 5-0 in league play.
Kremer wins second straight CC Player of the Week awardBRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second consecutive week, King University’s Summer Kremer has been selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week. This week, Kremer led the Tornado to a 4-0 record, posted an attack percentage of .345, and leading the team with 47 kills.
King wins pair at North Greenville triangularTIGERVILLE, S.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team continued their roll on Saturday with a pair of wins at the North Greenville University Triangular. The Tornado topped the Crusaders 3-0 in a Conference Carolinas match to start the day before defeating Clark Atlanta University 3-1 in the nightcap.
Tornado top Flying Fleet, extend winning streak to 10 matchesDUE WEST, S.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team faced their first Conference Carolinas road test of the season when they traveled to Erskine College on Friday night. The offense led the Tornado to their 10th straight win as King swept the Flying Fleet, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16.
Conference Carolinas names Kremer Player of the WeekBRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time today, King University women’s volleyball player Summer Kremer has won a weekly award. She has been selected as the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week during week number three of the 2013 season.
Willoughby leads Tornado to win over ConcordBRISTOL, Tenn. – On Tuesday night, the King University women’s volleyball team played a tough nonconference match with Concord University. The Tornado got off to a slow start, and grinded out a tight 3-1 win over the Mountain Lions to extend their winning streak to nine matches.
Kremer named TSWA Player of the WeekBRISTOL, Tenn. – King University's Summer Kremer earned Player of the Week honors from the Tennessee Sportswriters Association after posting 47 kills and averaging 3.92 kills per set in three victories. Kremer also posted a .300 attack percentage a week ago, including a blistering .500 clip against Pfeiffer University on Saturday.