2013 Women's Volleyball News Archives

February 19, 2014
Cephas chosen to lead King women's volleyball
BRISTOL, 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.

December 20, 2013
Claussen named interim head coach
BRISTOL, 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.

December 18, 2013
Griffitts named Conference Carolinas Fall Scholar Athlete
BRISTOL, 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.

December 11, 2013
Griffitts earns Capital One Academic All-America honors
BRISTOL, 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.

December 9, 2013
Toomey steps down from King women's volleyball
BRISTOL, 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.

December 4, 2013
Kremer, Tipton earn recognition from AVCA
BRISTOL, 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.

November 25, 2013
Kremer takes TSWA weekly award for third time
BRISTOL, 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.

November 23, 2013
Tornado fall at Belmont Abbey in CC Tournament final
BELMONT, 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.

November 20, 2013
Tornado advance to CC final with win over Limestone
BRISTOL, 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.

November 20, 2013
Tipton headlines six Tornado named All-Conference Carolinas
BRISTOL, 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.

November 16, 2013
Tornado sweep Converse, advance to CC semis
BRISTOL, 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.

November 13, 2013
Tornado place six on volleyball academic all-conference team
BRISTOL, 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.

November 9, 2013
Offense leads King to first Conference Carolinas title
BRSITOL, 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.

November 9, 2013
Tornado cap regular season with sweep of VI
BRSITOL, 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.

November 8, 2013
Bench lifts King past Barton
BRISTOL, 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.

November 7, 2013
Griffitts named first team Capital One Academic All-District
BRISTOL, 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.

November 6, 2013
Tornado sweep Saint Augustine's and Converse
BRISTOL, 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.

November 2, 2013
King tops Valkyries on the road
SPARTANBURG, 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.

November 1, 2013
Kern, Willoughby lead King to win at Limestone
GAFFNEY, 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.

October 29, 2013
Serving, defense lead King to win over Erskine
BRISTOL, 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.

October 26, 2013
Underwood leads King to comeback win at Mount Olive
MOUNT 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.

October 25, 2013
King bounces back with sweep at Barton
WILSON, 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.

October 23, 2013
Belmont Abbey ends King's 19-match winning streak
BELMONT, 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.

October 18, 2013
Conference Carolinas Announces New Video Series
HIGH 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.

October 15, 2013
Kern takes TSWA Player of the Week award
BRISTOL, 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.

October 15, 2013
Tornado sweep Crusaders, extend winning streak to 19
BRISTOL, 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.

October 12, 2013
King sweeps Johnson C. Smith triangular
CHARLOTTE, 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).

October 11, 2013
Tornado sweep Lees-McRae, extend winning streak to 16
BANNER 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.

October 9, 2013
Kern's double-double leads King to win over Limestone
BRISTOL, 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.

October 4, 2013
Tornado top Bobcats, extend win streak to 14
BRISTOL, 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.

October 1, 2013
Kremer repeats as TSWA Player of the Week
BRSITOL, 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.

October 1, 2013
King sweeps Pfeiffer on the road
MISENHEIMER, 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.

October 1, 2013
Kremer wins second straight CC Player of the Week award
BRISTOL, 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.

September 28, 2013
King wins pair at North Greenville triangular
TIGERVILLE, 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.

September 27, 2013
Tornado top Flying Fleet, extend winning streak to 10 matches
DUE 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.

September 24, 2013
Conference Carolinas names Kremer Player of the Week
BRISTOL, 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.

September 24, 2013
Willoughby leads Tornado to win over Concord
BRISTOL, 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.

September 24, 2013
Kremer named TSWA Player of the Week
BRISTOL, 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.

September 21, 2013
Offense leads King to sweep of Pfeiffer
BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following their win on Friday night, the King University women’s volleyball team extended their winning streak to seven games on short rest on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado hosted Pfeiffer University in the Student Center Complex and took the 3-0 sweep from the Falcons, 25-14, 25-23, 25-21.

September 20, 2013
Tornado defense key in win over Belmont Abbey
BRISTOL, Tenn. –In what was a big early season match for the King University women's volleyball team traded blows with defending Conference Carolinas champions Belmont Abbey College on Friday night in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado dropped the first set 25-22 before rolling off three straight set wins, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23 to take the 3-1 win and move to 1-0 in league play.

September 18, 2013
Tornado hang on to escape UVa-Wise with 3-2 win
WISE, Va. – The King University women’s volleyball team took to the road on Wednesday night to take on UVa-Wise. The Cavaliers took the first set 25-22 before King came back to take the next two sets 25-21 and 25-16, and looked to gain control of the match. However, UVa-Wise won the fourth set 27-25 to force a fifth set which the Tornado won 15-11 to take the road victory.

September 18, 2013
Women's Volleyball announces promotions for Friday night's match
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s volleyball team hosts Belmont Abbey College in a key early season Conference Carolinas match as it serves as the conference opener for both teams. To go along with the action on the court, the team has announced two promotions for fans to enjoy during the match, Community Night, as well as 70’s Night.

September 14, 2013
Offense leads King to sweep final day of KU Invite
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s volleyball team continued their roll on Saturday at their home tournament, pushing their winning streak to five matches. The Tornado started the day with a 3-0 sweep of UVa-Wise, and followed it with another sweep, this time defeating Concord University 3-0 in the tournament finale.

September 13, 2013
Kern's double-doubles lead to two Tornado wins
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s volleyball team opened their home tournament on fire as they won their first two matches behind a combined 36 kills from Maribeth Kern. The Tornado took a clean 3-0 sweep against Southern Wesleyan in their first match, and followed that with a 3-1 win over Carson-Newman University.

September 11, 2013
King comes back to top Virginia Intermont
BRISTOL, Va. – On Wednesday night, the King University women’s volleyball team traveled to face their crosstown rivals, Virginia Intermont College. The Tornado dropped the first set, but rebounded to take the final three sets, winning the match 3-1.

September 7, 2013
King drops final two matches of West Georgia Invite
CARROLLTON, Ga. – The King University women’s volleyball team had a quick turnaround on Saturday after their matches on Friday at the University of West Georgia Invitational. The Tornado faced the University of West Alabama in what was a back-and-forth affair that saw the Tigers escape with a narrow 3-2 victory. King then fell to Valdosta State University 3-0 in the nightcap.

September 6, 2013
Tornado take split on day one of UWG Invite
CARROLTON, Ga. – The King University women’s volleyball team opened their season with a pair of matches at the University of West Georgia Invitational. The Tornado fell to the host Wolves 3-1 to open the tournament, but rebounded with a 3-1 win over Notre Dame College (Ohio).

August 30, 2013
Tornado to lean on experience in 2013
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The preseason hasn’t gone as planned for the King University women’s volleyball team, but head coach Chris Toomey’s squad has fought through the adversity of not being able to practice on campus for a week, and is ready to kick off the 2013 season. The Tornado return nearly everyone from a squad that finished third in the Conference Carolinas West Division, leaving expectations high for 2013.