BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following nearly a week off, the King University women's volleyball team didn't show and rust on Tuesday night when they hosted Milligan College. The Tornado cruised to the sweep, taking the first two sets 25-12 and the third 25-18 for the nonconference victory. Summer Kremer paced King, and eclipsed 1,100 career kills in the first set.
The Tornado (9-6) showed they were anxious to take the court early and often as Lauren Willoughby hammered home a kill to start the match and give King a lead it didn't relinquish in the first set. King did not make an attack error in the first set, accounting for 14 kills on 27 attempts for an impressive .519 attack percentage.
Kremer then registered a pair of kills before an Olivia Underwood kill forced a Milligan (9-10) timeout with the Tornado leading 7-1. The Tornado gradually extended their lead, and Kremer reached the 1,100-kill plateau with her seventh and final kill of the first set to give king a 21-10 lead. It was only fitting that Kremer would end the first set, however it was from the service line with her lone ace of the match to give King the 25-12 victory.
King scored the first four points, only to see the Buffaloes score the next four before Underwood ignited the Tornado offense with a kill. Her kill sparked a 10-0 run with Payton Tipton at the service line. Grace Underwood posted three kills on the run while Kremer added a pair on the spurt that give King a 14-4 advantage. From there, the Tornado cruised the 25-12 win that was capped by a Willoughby ace.
The third set was a little tighter as King gained an 8-2 lead, only to see Milligan come back to even the set at 12 and at 13. After the tie at 13, Kremer registered another kill to spark a quick 4-0 Tornado spurt. Tipton registered back-to-back aces in the middle of the run before Kremer ended it with another kill. The Buffaloes never got closer than three points the rest of the way as King took the set 25-18 to take the sweep.
Kremer led the Tornado offense with another double-double, accounting for 17 kills and 10 digs while Willoughby added 10 kills. Grace Underwood and Sarah Collins both chipped in with five kills apiece. Tipton led the defense with 12 digs while Olivia Underwood dished out 38 assists. The Tornado hit .359 in the match and were led by Kremer and Willoughby who hit .516 and .533, respectively.
King will be in action again on Friday when the return Conference Carolinas play, hosting Southern Wesleyan University. The Warriors are new to Conference Carolinas, and are currently 3-0 in league play. First serve from the Student Center Complex is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.