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.

King fell behind the Falcons (3-11, 1-3 CC) early, but used a 6-0 run to gain control of the first set and take a 9-4 lead. Summer Kremer started the spurt with back-to-back kills, and added another on the run. The Tornado gradually extended their lead, and held a 20-13 advantage after consecutive kills by Maribeth Kern and Kelsey Griffitts, en route to the 25-16 first set win.

The Tornado offense stayed hot as Kern quickly gave King a 3-0 lead with a kill. Kremer then sparked a 4-0 run with a kill before a Payton Tipton ace. Kremer registered another kill, and Tipton ended the spurt with another ace to give the Tornado a 9-4 lead. King then used a 6-1 run, capped by a Mariah Herington kill to gain control of the set at 19-11. Following another Herington kill, Brooke Calhoun served up an ace to put King up 23-15, and Grace Underwood ended the 25-18 win with another ace.

Tipton continued her stellar serving in the third set as she registered three aces, including the final two points of a 6-0 run that gave King (14-3, 5-0 CC) a 6-0 lead to start the frame. Blair Fields added an ace later to give King a 9-2 lead. The Tornado gradually extended their advantage, as they took the final set 25-17 to take the sweep and extend their winning streak to 13 matches.

Kremer paced the Tornado offense with 12 kills on 23 attempts while making just two errors for an attack percentage of .435. Kern chipped in with seven kills while Olivia Underwood dished out 18 assists. Casey Williams and Tipton both registered six digs to lead the Tornado. Tipton also matched a career-high with six aces in the victory.

King returns home to face Lees-McRae College on Friday night. First serve from the Student Center Complex is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.