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.
The Cavaliers (2-6) started the match on the offensive, scoring the first four points of the match to open up a lead. They held their lead there until the Tornado went on a run with the score at 11-7. King (6-3) scored five of the next six points to even the set at 12 apiece. The set was again tied at 16 before UVa-Wise regained the lead and held it for the rest of the frame, taking the first set 25-22.
The Tornado offense responded in the second set as they gained the lead early in the set, and didn't look back. King held a 13-8 lead, forcing the Cavaliers to take a timeout, and 22-14 when UVa-Wise took their second timeout of the set. Coming out of the second break, the Cavaliers scored six of the next seven points on a pair of 3-0 runs to cut the deficit to 23-20. However, Summer Kremer hammered home a kill to give the Tornado a chance at set point. King took the set 25-21 on a Cavalier ball handling error to even the match at one.
King kept the offense rolling in the third set, opening up a 13-8 lead to force a Cavalier timeout. The Tornado then held a 21-14 lead when UVa-Wise took their second timeout and looked to make a comeback. The Cavaliers scored the first two points out of the break, but Kelsey Griffitts thwarted their momentum with a kill, and Payton Tipton served the final three points to give King the 25-16 set win.
The fourth set went back-and-forth early until the Tornado went on a 6-1 run to take an 11-6 lead, and force a Cavalier timeout. UVa-Wise worked their way back, and got within 15-14 until Jordan Baty placed a kill in the middle of the Cavalier defense to give service back to King. Following a Cavalier timeout with King lead 18-15, UVa-Wise scored five straight points to take a 20-15 lead and force a Tornado timeout. Out of the timeout, Maribeth Kern and Griffitts registered back-to-back kills to end the run and even the score. The teams then traded points and UVa-Wise fended off a Tornado set point, and scored two of the next three points to take the set 27-25, forcing a fifth and decisive set.
Kern gave King the first point of the fifth set with a kill, and after two more Tornado points, UVa-Wise used a timeout. The Cavaliers scored the first point out of the break, but Kern answered with a kill, sparking a 5-0 Tornado run. However, the Cavaliers answered with a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to 10-8 before Kremer ended the spurt with a kill. Leading 13-11, Kern gave the Tornado a chance at match point, en route to the 15-11 win to take the match 3-2.
Kremer and Kern led the Tornado with 14 kill apiece while Tipton anchored the Tornado defense with 23 digs. Kern added 16 digs for the double-double while Brooke Calhoun also reached double figures with 12 digs.
King will be in action again on Friday when they host Belmont Abbey College in their Conference Carolinas opener. It is also 70's night in the Student Center Complex, so wear your best 70's attire to the match. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.