BRISTOL, Tenn. – It may have not been pretty in the early going, but the King University women's volleyball team found a way to take the first set from the University of Mount Olive and parlayed that into a 3-0 victory in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas Tournament. In their first home match in nearly three weeks, King was a bit tight, but their senior leaders, Summer Kremer and Payton Tipton led the Tornado onto the next round.
King (21-10) fell behind the Trojans 8-5 early, but worked their way back, eventually evening the score at 11 apiece. However, the Tornado couldn't gain a lead, and trailed Mount Olive (7-25) 21-19 when King head coach Morris Cephas called for a timeout. Out of the break King got kills from Lauren Willoughby, Sarah Collins and Kremer to even the set at 23 and force Mount Olive to use a timeout. After the Trojans scored the first point, Kremer registered her sixth kill of the set to even the score at 24-24 before King scored the final two points to take the set 26-24 and grab the momentum.
The second set was much better for the Tornado as they held the Trojan offense to a -.200 attack percentage while the King offense hit .310 in the frame. King quickly gained a 5-0 advantage and didn't look back. The Tornado gain a 10 point advantage at 14-4 and Kremer gave King their largest lead of the set, 22-9 with another kill. Jordan Baty ended the 25-14 second set win with one of her four kills in the match.
The third set was similar to the first as Mount Olive grabbed the early lead only to see the Tornado come back once again. King trailed 10-9 before going on a 4-0 run where Grace Underwood registered a pair of kills to give the Tornado a 13-10 advantage. The Tornado lead was cut to 17-15 before Kremer sparked a 5-0 run with a kill. Tipton added and aced on the spurt, and Olivia Underwood put King up 22-15 with a kill. Kremer gave King chance at set point with a kill, and Olivia Underwood registered her fifth kill of the match to move King into the semifinals with the 25-18, 3-0 win.
Kremer led King with 13 kills to go along with 10 digs for the double-double. Grace Underwood added seven kills while Olivia Underwood and Lauren Willoughby added five kills apiece. Tipton paced the Tornado defense with 10 digs, and Olivia Underwood dished out 31 assists.
With the win, King advances to the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals where they will face Limestone College, who swept Belmont Abbey College in the quarterfinals. Limestone earned the second seed behind Erskine College in the south division. Both the semifinals and finals will be played at Erskine College who swept Barton College. King dropped their only meeting with Limestone 3-1 on September 19. First serve from Belk Arena in Due West, South Carolina is slated for 5:00 p.m.