Women's Volleyball


Tornado bounce back with sweep of North Greenville

Picture taken by Ashlyn Zook
Picture taken by Ashlyn Zook

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Following Friday night's defeat, the King University women's volleyball team turned the tide on Saturday afternoon when they hosted North Greenville University. The Tornado were in control from the first serve, taking the Conference Carolinas sweep from the Crusaders, 25-12, 25-12, 25-18.

King (10-7, 4-2 CC) showed their dominance on both sides of the court from the onset, holding North Greenville (10-5, 1-4 CC) to a -.111 hitting percentage in the first set while the Tornado offense posted an impressive .290 attack percentage in the first frame. King used a 6-0 run to gain control of the first set as back-to-back kills from Summer Kremer and Grace Underwood gave the Tornado a 10-5 advantage. Lauren Willoughby stretched the lead to 18-9 with a service ace as King cruised to the 25-12 first set win.

It was more of the same in the second set as consecutive kills by Underwood and Jordan Baty put King up 6-2 and forced a Crusader timeout. Underwood later capped an 8-5 run that gave King a commanding 18-9 lead with her sixth kill of the set. She then had an ace that gave King a chance a set point as the Tornado took the set 25-12.

The Crusaders didn't give up in the third set as they jumped out to a 10-6 lead before Tornado defense started to click. King registered 30 digs in the final set alone, and were led by Payton Tipton's 11 digs in the third set. The defense production helped the King offense find their rhythm as Casey Williams served up an ace to even the score at 10-all. The score was again tied at 13, and King held a slim 15-14 lead before Underwood sparked an 8-0 run with back-to-back kills. Following a Baty termination and a timeout, Underwood registered two more kills before Willoughby gave King a 21-14 lead with a kill of her own. The Tornado held off a late Crusader rally, but ultimately took the set 25-18 for the sweep.

The duo of Underwood and Willoughby led the offense with 12 kills apiece and both hit over .500. Underwood hit .526 while Willoughby hit right at the .500 mark. Kremer added 10 kills while Baty chipped in with five terminations. Olivia Underwood dished out 31 assists to go along with six while Williams added nine digs. Tipton led the defense with 19 digs, and Brooke Calhoun joined her in double figures with 13 digs.

King will be in action again on Friday when they travel to Belmont Abbey College, in their second meeting of the year. King defeated the Crusaders 3-1 in both team's Conference Carolinas opener on September 16. First serve from Belmont, North Carolina is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.