Women's Volleyball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS

King takes a pair of sweeps to finish Concord Tournament

King takes a pair of sweeps to finish Concord Tournament

ATHENS, W.Va. – The King University women's volleyball team closed the Concord University Tournament with a pair of wins on Saturday. The Tornado started with a sweep of Kentucky State University before sweeping Bluefield State College in their final matches before Conference Carolinas play.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Kentucky State 0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-18); King 3, Bluefield State 0 (25-11, 25-4, 25-7)
LOCATION: Carter Center; Athens, W.Va.
RECORDS: King 8-5; Kentucky State 3-11; Bluefield State 0-9

HOW IT HAPPENED – KENTUCKY STATE

First Set

  • Victoria Gause wasted no time getting the Tornado offense started, and Tristyn Lozano gave King a 5-0 lead with her first kill of the match.
  • The Tornado used a 6-0 run, capped by a Lozano ace to open up a 15-6 lead.
  • King closed the set on a 9-2 run that was started by a Remi Thele kill.
  • Julie Ward then pounded home two of her four kills in the set, giving King the 25-12 victory.

Second Set

  • Abby Anderson served up three aces on an 8-0 King run that opened the second set.
  • Thele again started a spurt that closed the set with a kill.
  • Kayley Holtzclaw recorded back-to-back kills that capped the 4-0 run and gave King a 2-0 lead with the 25-12 second set victory.

Third Set

  • Emma Carico broke a 5-5 tie in the third set with a kill and later capped the 4-0 run with another kill.
  • Brittney Ramsey then started a 7-0 run with one of her three kills in the match.
  • The Tornado took a 16-7 lead following the run that was capped by a block from Ramsey and Anderson.
  • King held the lead, and Ramsey gave King the 25-18 victory with another kill.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Ward led the Tornado with 11 kills and 10 digs.
  • Anderson handed out 29 assists and had three aces.
  • Lozano chipped in with three aces and five digs.
  • On the defensive side, Rebekah Hill and Sydney Pigage recorded nine digs each.

FOR THE FOES

  • Robin Poole led Kentucky State with six kills and added six digs.
  • Alliyah Williams led the defense with 10 digs and Amanda Moore handed out 11 assists.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Ward posted her fifth double-double of the season and second straight.

HOW IT HAPPENED – BLUEFIELD STATE

First Set

  • King rolled off three straight points to even the set early before going on a 7-0 run to take a 10-4 lead following a Thele kill.
  • King then scored the final four points of the set, taking the opening frame 25-11.

Second Set

  • The Tornado had three big runs in the second set, starting with a 12-0 spurt to open the frame.
  • Keri Ricker started the set with five straight aces to put the Tornado ahead.
  • King then scored seven straight points before scoring six of the final seven points to take the set 25-4.

Third Set

  • In the middle of the third set, King scored 10 straight points, started by a Caitlyn Crawford kill capped by another from Carico.
  • The Tornado held their lead there and went on to take the set 25-7 for the sweep.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Carico led King with 13 kills on 19 attempts for a .684 attack percentage.
  • Thele followed with 10 kills on 15 attempts for a .600 attack percentage.
  • Ricker handed out 23 assists, nine aces, and team-high seven digs.
  • Hill accounted for six aces and Crawford had five aces and six digs.

FOR THE FOES

  •  Aerona Perkins led Bluefield State with three kills Adeline Jachim had four digs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • King hit .556 in the match, the third-highest mark since 2011 when the Tornado became NCAA Division II members.
  • The Tornado previously hit .614 against Morris College in 2013 and .571 at North Greenville in 2011.
  • King had 21 service aces, their highest in the NCAA era, topping the 20 the Tornado accounted for in 2016 against Pfeiffer University.
  • Carico set a career-high with 13 kills.
  • Ricker's nine aces bested the previous NCAA program-high of eight set in 2011 against Bluefield State.
  • Ward was selected to the all-tournament team.

UP NEXT

  • King opens Conference Carolinas play on Friday in the Student Center Complex when they host Barton College. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m.