Women's Volleyball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Three double-doubles lead King past SWU

Photo credit: Jeremiah Manning
Photo credit: Jeremiah Manning

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's volleyball team continued their hot play in the Student Center Complex on Friday night. The Tornado again fell behind, but came back with a vengeance over the next three sets to defeat Southern Wesleyan University 3-1.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Southern Wesleyan 1 (21-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-20)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 13-8, 4-4, Conference Carolinas; Southern Wesleyan 7-13, 4-8 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

  • King looked to gain control of the first set with a 4-0 run that was started by a Julie Ward kill.
  • A block from Tristyn Lozano, Kayley Holtzclaw and Rebekah Hill gave King a 13-9 lead and forced a Warrior timeout.
  • However, Southern Wesleyan came back with a 7-1 run to take a 16-14 lead before the Tornado tipped the scale back in their favor.
  • King later lead 21-19, but Southern Wesleyan scored the final six points to take the set 25-21.

Second Set

  • Abby Anderson started the second set with an ace, igniting a 4-0 spurt.
  • King later opened up an 11-3 lead following six straight kills, two from Lozano and two from Hill.
  • The Tornado later closed the set on a 7-2 run, evening the match at 1-1 with the 25-12 victory.
  • In the set, King hit .417, posting 17 kills on 36 attempts.

Third Set

  • The Tornado didn't slow down in the third set, hitting .316 in the set frame with 16 kills.
  • Four straight for the Tornado gave King a 5-2 lead following a Lozano termination.
  • Southern Wesleyan then came back and opened up an 18-13 lead before the Tornado started to work their way back.
  • The Tornado scored 12 of the next 14 points, capping the 25-20 victory with a 7-0 spurt.
  • Back-to-back blocks from Anderson and Holtzclaw and Ward and Holtzclaw gave King the victory.

Four Set

  • Lozano came out firing with back-to-back kills to open the fourth set as King took a 4-0 advantage early.
  • Southern Wesleyan tried to cut into their deficit, but could only get within 10-9 before King extended their lead.
  • The Tornado answered with consecutive kills from Ward and Holtzclaw before gradually extending their lead the rest of the way.
  • Hill eventually gave King the 25-20 win and 3-1 victory with a kill.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Ward, Anderson and Lozano all posted double-doubles. Ward with 17 kills and 13 digs, Anderson with 15 assists and 10 digs while Lozano posted 11 digs and 19 digs.
  • Hill and Holtzclaw followed with 11 ills with Holtzclaw posting six blocks.
  • Pigage led the back row with 26 digs and Caitlyn Crawford chipped in with 15 digs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Olivia Johnson led Southern Wesleyan with 20 kills and 11 digs.
  • Annika Jones accounted for 31 assists and eight digs.
  • Katie Anderson led the defense with 20 digs and Haley Martin chipped in with 11 digs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Pigage and Lozano posted career-highs of 26 and 19 digs, respectively.
  • Crawford matched her career-high of 15 digs, which she set on Tuesday.
  • Hill recorded a career-best 12 kills.
  • Holtzclaw's six blocks marked a career-best.
  • The double-double for Lozano marks her second straight and second of her career.
  • For Ward, the double-double is her 10th of the season and second straight.
  • Anderson posted her sixth double-double of the season.

UP NEXT

  • King hosts North Greenville University on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
  • Southern Wesleyan hosts UNC Pembroke on Tuesday.