BELMONT, N.C. – The King University women's volleyball team returned to the court for the first time in nearly two weeks and took the first set at Belmont Abbey College. However, the Crusaders came back by winning the next three sets to take the Conference Carolinas match 3-1.
FINAL SCORE: Belmont Abbey 3, King 1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-20)
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 8-6, 0-1 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 7-7, 2-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tornado got off to a hot start, forcing a Belmont Abbey timeout three points in.
- King later led 6-2 following a block from Kayley Holtzclaw and Rebekah Hill.
- Belmont Abbey came back to even the tally at 10, but King answered with four straight points and five of the next six.
- The Crusaders again worked their way back to within 20-19, but Hill brought momentum back to the Tornado with a kill.
- King then scored the final three points of the set, the final one on a block from Victoria Gause and Tristyn Lozano to give King the 25-21 victory.
- King started quick again in the second set, opening up a 5-1 lead following a pair of kills from Julie Ward.
- Belmont Abbey worked their way back into the set and eventually evened the score at 17 and took an 18-17 lead following a 6-0 spurt.
- King responded with a 4-0 run and led 24-22 before Belmont Abbey went on another run.
- The Crusaders scored the final four points of the set, taking the frame 26-24 to even the match.
- Belmont Abbey stayed hot in the third set, opening up a 7-2 advantage in the early going.
- The Tornado answered with a 4-0 spurt started by a kill from Lozano.
- An ace from Hill evened the score at 10, but the Crusaders went on another run.
- The Crusaders scored six straight and seven of the next eight points to take a 17-11 advantage.
- From there, Belmont Abbey took the set 25-17.
- The fourth set was tight early on until Belmont Abbey broke a 7-7 tie with back-to-back points.
- Consecutive aces from Ward pulled King back within 15-14, but Belmont Abbey answered with a 4-1 run to take a 20-15 lead.
- The Tornado couldn't get the offense going again as Belmont Abbey took the set 25-20 and the match 3-1.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Anderson posted a double-double with 36 assists and 12 digs. That is her fourth double-double of the season.
- Ward led the King offense with 12 kills to go along with seven digs.
- Sydney Pigage led the way defensively with 17 digs and Gause added four blocks.
FOR THE FOES
- Brianna Morgheim led the way for Belmont Abbey with 13 kills and .423 attack percentage.
- Lydia Sale followed with 11 kills.
- Cassidy Bonito handed out 38 assists and added nine digs.
- Sarah Kenney led the Crusader defense with 18 digs.
- King stays on the road this weekend when they travel to the University of Mount Olive and Barton College. The Tornado will take on Mount Olive Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and Barton on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
- Belmont Abbey travels to Emmanuel College on Friday and Erskine College on Saturday.