ETTRICK, Va. – The King University women's volleyball team opened the season in impressive fashion, with a pair of sweeps at the Virginia State Tournament. The Tornado opened with a 3-0 win over Concord University behind a stellar debut from Julie Ward. The second match sweep of Elizabeth City State University was highlighted by a career-high from Rebekah Hill.
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Concord 0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-22); King 3, Elizabeth City State 0 (25-10, 25-19, 25-11)
LOCATION: Multipurpose Center; Ettrick, Va.
RECORDS: King 2-0; Concord 0-1; Elizabeth City State 0-2
HOW IT HAPPENED – CONCORD
- The opening set was close in the early going with a Georgia Davis kill giving King a 6-4 advantage.
- Tristyn Lozano later started a 4-0 run with one of her four kills in the set.
- Following the spurt, the Tornado led 12-8 before going on a 7-0 run.
- Lozano capped the spurt that stretched the Tornado advantage to 18-9 as King went on to take the set 25-13.
- Ward, Davis and Anderson evened the score and gave King a 12-9 lead with four straight kills, forcing a Mountain Lion timeout.
- Following the break, King scored five straight points, capped by a block from Anderson and Davis that gave King a 17-9 lead.
- Hill later capped the 25-17 victory with her second kill of the set.
- Leading 8-7, Ward posted three straight kills before Davis came up with a kill. A Concord miscue gave King a 13-7 lead, ending a 5-0 Tornado spurt.
- The Mountain Lions battled back late in the set, scoring six straight points to pull within 22-21 before King head coach Dave Ulrich called timeout.
- Ward came up with a kill out of the break, and following a Concord point, Davis and Anderson gave King a chance at match point with a block.
- Hill gave King the 25-22 win with her seventh kill of the match.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Ward led the Tornado with 16 kills and eight digs in her debut. She also hit .343 in the contest.
- Lozano followed with nine kills to lead the offense.
- Defensively, Hill posted 16 digs while Sydney Pigage accounted for 12 digs.
- Abby Anderson handed out 36 assists to go along with five blocks, including one solo stuff.
FOR THE FOES
- Camryn Huber led the Mountain Lions with six kills.
- Erin Shannon posted 16 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED – ELIZABETH CITY STATE
- Ward wasted no time getting King on the board coming out of the gate with back-to-back terminations.
- Anderson followed with an ace to give King the early 3-0 lead.
- The Tornado later went on a 5-0 run, extending their lead to 10-3 behind a kill and two aces from Davis.
- Kayley Holtzclaw then scored three of the next five points for King, giving the Tornado a 14-5 advantage.
- Ward capped the 25-10 win with her fourth kill of the opening set.
- Anderson started the second set with a pair of aces, giving King the early lead.
- A 3-0 spurt capped by a Caitlyn Crawford ace, broke a tie and gave King a 13-10 advantage.
- The Tornado pulled away with a 7-1 spurt, ended by a pair of Hill kills around a block from Remi Thele and Megan Morelock as the Tornado took the set 25-19.
- Emma Carico started the third set with a kill and Brittney Ramsey started an 8-0 spurt with a kill.
- Thele gave the Tornado a 9-1 lead with back-to-back kills to end the run.
- The Tornado offense continued to click as Davis extended the lead to 22-10 before three straight kills from Thele, Hill and Davis gave King the 25-11 win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Hill led the way with a career-high 11 kills.
- Thele and Davis followed with five kills each.
- Six Tornado had at least four kills in the match.
- Anderson handed out 21 assists and Keri Ricker added 10 helpers.
- Pigage paced the defense with 11 digs.
FOR THE FOES
- Kaylee Williams led Elizabeth City State with six kills while Zhiasia Bazemore accounted for eight digs.
- King takes on host Virginia State at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday before facing North Greenville University at 12:00 p.m.