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.

Kelsey Griffitts started what was nearly a perfect afternoon for her with a kill to give the Tornado a 1-0 lead in the first set. The Falcons (2-8, 1-1 CC) stayed close early in the first set, but King (9-3, 2-0 CC) gradually extended their lead, and held a 19-12 lead when Pfeiffer called for timeout. Out of the timeout, Griffitts registered another kill, and Grace Underwood followed with a service ace. Maribeth Kern gave King a chance at set point with her third kill of the first set, and the set ended the way it started, with a Griffitts kill, her fourth of the frame as King took the set 25-14.

The second set was much tighter, as Tornado head coach Chris Toomey called for a timeout with the score even at 14 apiece. However, it didn't slow down the Falcon attack as they gained a 16-14 lead. Jordan Baty answered with back-to-back kills to even the score and spark the Tornado offense. King again trailed 23-22 before Summer Kremer started a Tornado run with one of her five kills in the set. Kremer then ended the 25-23 set win with another kill to give King a 2-0 lead.

With the scored tied at seven in the third set, Underwood served up an ace to give the Tornado a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The Tornado lead grew to 16-9 following a Kremer kill before Pfeiffer began to come back. The Falcons got within 19-18, but the Tornado answered, and Hannah Bug Smyth gave King a 22-19 lead with her only kill of the match. King went on to take the set 25-21, and the match 3-0.

Kremer led the Tornado with 13 kills on 22 attempts with just two errors for a .500 attack percentage. Griffitts was nearly perfect on the afternoon, hitting .900 with nine kills on 10 attempts with no errors. Payton Tipton led the defense with 16 digs while Olivia Underwood dished out 28 assists.

King will be in action again on Tuesday when the host Concord University at the Student Center Complex. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.