SAVANNAH, Ga. – The King University women's volleyball team jumped out of conference for a pair of matches on Wednesday night facing UNC Pembroke and #16 Armstrong State University. The Tornado took a 3-0 win from UNC Pembroke behind a double-double from Summer Kremer before dropping the nightcap to hosts Armstrong State 3-0.
The Tornado (16-10) had to come from behind against UNC Pembroke as the Braves opened up a 15-9 lead in the first set. Sarah Collins started a 6-0 run and Lauren Willoughby followed with a service ace before Collins and Kremer recorded consecutive kills. After a UNC Pembroke (14-18) timeout, Collins registered another kill to even the set at 15-all. The teams traded points before King went on a 5-0 run to take a 21-17 lead behind and ace from Olivia Underwood and consecutive Kremer kills. However, the Braves came back to take a 23-21 lead before Kremer pulled King back within one. After a Brave attack error, Kremer served up back-to-back aces to give King the 25-23 set win.
The second set was nearly the opposite of the first as King quickly jumped out to a 9-4 lead following a Payton Tipton ace that forced a Brave timeout. The Tornado later led 14-8 following a Jordan Baty kill before UNC Pembroke started to come back. The Braves used a 4-1 run to even the set at 18 apiece and eventually earned a chance at set point leading 24-22. However, King scored a point and Kremer registered back-to-back kills to put the Tornado ahead as UNC Pembroke took their second timeout. Out of the break, Collins registered a kill to give King the set 26-24.
The Braves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set, only to see King come back and earn a 6-4 lead following a Grace Underwood kill. Following a tie at six, King opened up a 12-7 lead after consecutive kills from Willoughby, Ashleigh Manke and Casey Williams. The Tornado advantage grew to 17-10 and King held a commanding 21-13 advantage following another Manke kill before UNC Pembroke started to come back. The Braves closed the gap to 22-19 before Collins tried to bring momentum back to King. The Braves score two more points before Willoughby and Kremer team up for back-to-back kills to end the 25-21 set win to take the match 3-0.
Kremer led the Tornado with 20 kills and 10 digs while Tipton posted a match-high 18 digs. Williams and Willoughby chipped in with nine digs each, and Willoughby added seven kills. Collins posted seven kills and Olivia Underwood dished out 37 assists to go along with seven digs.
In the nightcap, 16th-ranked Armstrong State grabbed control of the match early, opening up a 12-3 advantage early in the first set. The Tornado tried to comeback, but never got closer than five points the rest of the way as the Pirates (23-1) took the set 25-17.
The Pirates continued to roll in the second set, grabbing a 10-3 lead before stretching their lead to 15-5. The Tornado deficit grew to as 11 before the Braves took the set 25-12. The teams went back-and-forth early in the third set, with King opening up a 9-7 lead following a kill by Kremer and ace by Williams. However, the Pirates came back to even the score at 10 and take a 12-10 lead following a 3-0 run. The score was again tied at 15 before the Pirates started a 7-0 run to take a commanding 22-15 lead as they went on to take the frame 25-16, and the match 3-0.
Kremer led King with seven kills, and Grace Underwood chipped in with six terminations. Tipton posted nine digs and Olivia Underwood handed out 19 assists.
King will return to Conference Carolinas on Friday when they travel to Barton College. First serve from Wilson, North Carolina is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. King will then face the University of Mount Olive on Saturday afternoon.