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).
In the match against Morris (5-7), Lauren Willoughby paced the King offense as she matched a career-high with 15 kills. Freshman Ashton Beckner also set a career best with 10 kills in the match. Willoughby started her day with four kills in King's first six points of the match as the Tornado quickly opened up a 6-2 lead. She then tacked on two more kills later in the set and Olivia Underwood followed with an ace to put King up 18-4. Underwood then ended the 25-8 set win with a kill.
In the second set, Tiffany Baines served up back-to-back aces to give King a commanding 13-5 advantage. The lead swelled to 22-10 following a Beckner kill before Blair Fields ended the 25-10 set win with three straight service aces. The Tornado offense continued to roll in their 25-10 third set victory has they hit .450 in the frame.
For the match, King hit a season-best .614 while setting a season low of seven attack errors in the contest. Underwood dished out 15 assists while Casey Williams handed out 11 dimes. Brooke Calhoun led the defense with 12 digs in the win.
The Tornado offense continued to cruise in the second match against Johnson C. Smith (9-9) as they didn't make and attack error in the first two sets. With the score even at 9-9 in the first set, Maribeth Kern sparked a 6-0 King run with two of her five kills in the match. Williams capped the run with an ace before King (19-3) started another run. This time King scored seven straight points to open up a 22-10 lead. Payton Tipton eventually gave King the 25-11 set win with a service ace.
King quickly opened up a 7-2 lead in the second set as a Summer Kremer kill prompted a Golden Bull timeout. The Tornado gradually extended their lead, before Tipton served four straight aces as King took the set 25-9.
The third set was tight early, but King used a 7-1 run that was started with a Williams kill to gain separation at 14-8. The score got as close a four points on three occasions the rest of the way before Mariah Herington and Jordan Baty registered consecutive kills to end the 25-18 set win and give King the 3-0 sweep.
Kremer led the Tornado with nine kills while Kern and Kelsey Griffitts chipped in with five kills apiece. Underwood dished out 29 assists while a Kern, Calhoun and Tipton recorded a team-high six digs.
King will be in action again on Tuesday when they host North Greenville University at the Student Center Complex. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.