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.
After Barton (11-10, 7-5 CC) took the first point of the match, Maribeth Kern sparked the King offense with her first of four kills in the match. Following the short 4-0 spurt, King held an early 5-1 advantage. The Tornado closed the first set in impressive fashion, by scoring the final nine points. Kern registered another kill before Grace Underwood served up an ace to force at Barton timeout. Out of the timeout, Underwood served another ace before Kelsey Griffitts, Kern and Mariah Herington accounted for three straight kills to end the 25-14 first set win.
Leading 10-8 in the second set, the Tornado (21-4, 10-1 CC) began to gain separation as Griffitts started a run. Griffitts and Olivia Underwood registered back-to-back kills to give King a 14-9 lead before Payton Tipton served up a pair of aces forcing a Bulldog timeout. After the break, Summer Kremer and Grace Underwood hammered home consecutive kills and Tipton capped the 11-1 run with another ace. Grace Underwood then ended the 25-13 set win with a kill and a solo block.
Kremer sparked the King offense in the third set with back-to-back kills that gave King an early 6-3 lead. King never relinquished the lead after that point, and eventually held a 20-10 advantage following an Olivia Underwood kill. Jordan Baty capped the 25-14 third set win, which gave King the sweep with one of her three kills in the match.
King hit over .300 in every set, including a blistering .545 in the decisive set. For the match the Tornado posted a .369 attack percentage. Kremer led the Tornado with 13 kills while hitting .500. Griffitts also hit .500 and had eight kills in the win. Olivia Underwood dished out 35 assists while Tipton led King with four service aces and nine digs.
King will be in action again tomorrow when they take on Mount Olive College. First serve from Mount Olive, N.C. is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.