2015 Women's Volleyball News

  • King earns AVCA Team Academic Award
    July 25, 2016
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s volleyball team was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for the six straight year when the organization announced their annual Team Academic Award recipients. The AVCA Team Academic Award honors collegiate and high school teams that maintain at least a 3.30 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Cephas inks eight for 2016
    July 06, 2016
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off back-to-back Conference Carolinas North Division titles, and three straight conference championships, King University women’s volleyball head coach Morris Cephas has added eight student-athletes to help the Tornado earn another title in 2016.
  • Bullock hired as volleyball assistant coach
    June 02, 2016
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University athletic department has added a volleyball coaching position, an assistant coach that will help both the men’s and women’s programs. Men’s volleyball coach Ryan Booher and women’s volleyball coach Morris Cephas have announced the hire of Caitlin Bullock who will assist both squads this upcoming season.
  • Tornado grow on mission trip to Costa Rica
    May 23, 2016
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – There are many different ways for collegiate teams to give back to not only their home community, but communities around the world, and King University women’s volleyball coach Morris Cephas likes to take a mission trip every other year to not only give back to a community in need, but to help team bonding. Earlier this spring, Cephas and his team partnered with Sport X Change to travel to a few cities in Costa Rica and spent 10 days on this ministry.
  • King to host volleyball camps in June and July
    May 06, 2016
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University will be hosting four different volleyball camps this summer in the Student Center Complex. The camps wills start with the high school hitter/setter camp on June 25-26 and continue with high school front row and back row defensive camp on June 27-28. From July 5-7 there will be middle school camp and the Tornado Team Camp is slated for July 25-27.
  • Willoughby selected Conference Carolinas Scholar Athlete
    January 15, 2016
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the third consecutive year, the King University women’s volleyball team has had the Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Scholar Athlete of the Year. Lauren Willoughby keep the streak going this season, earning the honors following her great senior season in the scarlet and navy.
  • Willoughby headlines Tornado all-conference selections
    November 14, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Prior to their Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinal showdown with Limestone College, four members of the King University women’s volleyball team were recognized at a banquet where the league announced their award winners. Lauren Willoughby earned first team accolades while Ashleigh Manke, Sarah Collins and Amy Serowski all were selected third team all-conference.
  • Tornado season comes to end in conference semis
    November 14, 2015
    DUE WEST, S.C. – For the third straight year the King University women’s volleyball team reached the Conference Carolinas Tournament semifinals, and for the second straight year they faced Limestone College in the Final Four that was hosted by Erskine College. The Tornado took the first set, but couldn’t reach their third straight final as they fell to the Saints 3-1.
  • Willoughby selected ECAC DII Women's Volleyball Player of the Week
    November 12, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time this year, King University's Lauren Willoughby has been named Corvias Eastern College Athletic Conference Division II Women's Volleyball Player of the Week. The senior helped lead the Tornado to their second straight Conference Carolinas North Division title and posted a pair of double-doubles last week.
  • Willoughby selected Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
    November 10, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the second time this year and second time in three weeks, King University’s Lauren Willoughby has been named Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week. The senior helped lead the Tornado to their second straight Conference Carolinas North Division title and posted a pair of double-doubles last week.
  • Willoughby earns TSWA Volleyball Player of the Week honors
    November 10, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – King University’s Lauren Willoughby earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Volleyball Player of the Week honors on Tuesday after posting a pair of double-doubles to help the Tornado win the Conference Carolinas North Division.
  • Tornado advance to semis with win over Mount Olive
    November 10, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a rematch of the regular season finale, the King University women’s volleyball team squared off against the University of Mount Olive. As the top seed in the Conference Carolinas North Division, the Tornado hosted the north division fifth seed in the first round of the Conference Carolinas Tournament and the Trojans made things interesting. After King took the first two sets, Mount Olive won the third set before King took the final set 25-23 to advance 3-1.
  • League-high eight Tornado earn Academic All-Conference Carolinas honors
    November 09, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – With the Conference Carolinas Women’s Volleyball Tournament is about to kick off the league announced their academic All-Conference Carolinas honorees. The Tornado led the league with eight individuals earning recognition, led by Grace Underwood who was named CoSIDA Academic All-District last week.
  • Tornado sweep Mount Olive, clinch CC North Division title
    November 07, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – Less than 24 hours after in exhilarating come-from-behind victory, the King University women’s volleyball team clinched the outright Conference Carolinas North Division title for the second straight year. The Tornado offense powered King to the 3-0 victory over the University of Mount Olive to take the title.
  • ACE! King comes back to defeat Barton 3-2
    November 06, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – It’s not always easy to win championships, but playing in front of your home fans can help teams dig out of a hole and find that extra bit of energy to come out with a win. The Student Center Complex crowd helped the King University women’s volleyball team comeback from down 14-10 in the final set of Tuesday night’s Conference Carolinas match against Barton College. King staved off four set points, and Casey Williams gave King the 3-2 victory with her only ace of the match, giving the Tornado the edge over Barton for the Conference Carolinas North Division title with one match remaining.
  • Underwood selected CoSIDA Academic All-District
    November 05, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the third consecutive year, the King University women’s volleyball team has had at least one student-athlete be selected CoSIDA Academic All-District. This season Grace Underwood earned recognition for the first time.
  • King tops Converse, sets up showdown with Barton
    October 31, 2015
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Less than 24 hours after a tough road loss, the King University women’s volleyball team rebounded with a nice road win at Converse College to keep their chances at a Conference Carolinas North Division championship alive. The teams split the first two sets before the Tornado offense led King to 25-19 and 25-15 wins in the final two sets to give King the 3-1 victory.
  • Tornado winning streak snapped at Limestone
    October 30, 2015
    GAFFNEY, S.C. – With the season winding to an end, every match is important in terms of seeding for the Conference Carolinas Tournament, and the King University women’s volleyball team came up just short at Limestone College on Friday night. The Saints took the first two sets before King won a marathon third set, before falling in the fourth 25-12 as Limestone ended King’s seven match winning streak.
  • Tornado come back to take win at UVa-Wise
    October 28, 2015
    WISE, Va. – The King University women’s volleyball team jumped out of Conference Carolinas play to take on UVa-Wise, and as the first set indicated, the Tornado were in for a battle on Wednesday evening. King took the first 26-24 before the Cavaliers came back to win the next two sets. However, King forced a fifth set which the Tornado won 15-6 to take the 3-2 victory.
  • Offense powers King to sweep of Pfeiffer
    October 24, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. - Coming off of an emotional win on Friday night, the King University women’s volleyball team turned around and pushed their winning streak to six matches on Saturday afternoon against Pfeiffer University. The Tornado offense was rolling from the start, taking the 3-0 sweep.
  • Manke, Willoughby lead King past Belmont Abbey
    October 23, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a matchup of two Conference Carolinas heavyweights over the last few years, King faced Belmont Abbey in a key league matchup on Friday evening in a full Student Center Complex. The Crusaders took the first set, but the Tornado responded by their dynamic outside hitters Lauren Willoughby and Ashleigh Manke. King took the next two sets 25-23 before taking the fourth set 25-19 to take the 3-1 victory and pull even with the Crusaders in the Conference Carolinas standings.
  • Tornado take sweep at Pfeiffer
    October 21, 2015
    MISENHEIMER, N.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team took to the road on Wednesday night and stretched their winning streak to four matches behind another solid nigh from their offense. King defeated Pfeiffer University to move to 6-4 in Conference Carolinas play.
  • Willoughby tabbed Conference Carolinas POW
    October 20, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time this season, the King University women’s volleyball team has had a student-athlete earn Conference Carolinas Player of the Week. Lauren Willoughby had a stellar week for the Tornado, earned her first Conference Carolinas weekly award.
  • Willoughby named TSWA Volleyball Player of the Week
    October 20, 2015
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – King University’s Lauren Willoughby earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Volleyball Player of the Week honors on Tuesday, posting 31 kills and 17 digs in a pair of wins for the Tornado.
  • Offensive attack leads King to sweep of Lees-McRae
    October 17, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s volleyball team ran their winning streak to three matches on Saturday afternoon when they squared off against rival Lees-McRae College. The Tornado offense posted their most efficient output of the season as they took the 3-0 Conference Carolinas victory.
  • Tornado come back to top Charleston in five
    October 13, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women’s volleyball team returned to the Student Center Complex and came away with a come-from-behind victory over the University of Charleston on Tuesday evening. The Tornado took the first set, but had to comeback from down 2-1 to take the exhilarating 3-2 victory.
  • King bounces back with win at Mount Olive
    October 10, 2015
    MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team rebounded nicely on Saturday in a Conference Carolinas tilt at the University of Mount Olive. The Tornado offense came to play early as the Tornado took an early lead and didn’t look back, taking the match 3-0.
  • Tornado host breast cancer awareness games
    October 09, 2015
    BRISTOL, Tenn. – October is breast cancer awareness month and the King University athletic department will be raising awareness during two events next week. The Tornado will accept donations and provide giveaways at Tuesday night’s women’s volleyball match and again at Wednesday afternoon’s soccer doubleheader.
  • King drops Conference Carolinas match at Barton
    October 09, 2015
    WILSON, N.C. – The King University women’s volleyball team took to the road as they returned to Conference Carolinas play at Barton College on Friday night. However, the Bulldogs came away with the league win, taking the contest 3-0.
  • Trevecca Nazarene comes back to stun Tornado
    October 06, 2015
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Facing a team a second time isn’t usually easy, but the King University women’s volleyball team had a chance to avenge a home loss to Trevecca Nazarene University when they traveled to Nashville to face the Trojans. King took the first two sets, but the homestanding Trojans came storming back to force a fifth set that went to extra points. Trevecca Nazarene took the marathon fifth set by the score of 22-20 to take the victory.
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