Women's Volleyball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS

BAC comes back, tops Tornado in tight four-set match

Photo credit: Camryn Haag
Photo credit: Camryn Haag

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's volleyball team dropped a tight four-set match to league-leading Belmont Abbey College on Friday night in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado had chances to win the opening two sets, but the Crusaders came storming back, winning them both. The Crusaders eventually took the match 3-1.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Belmont Abbey 3, King 1 (25-23, 26-24, 19-25, 25-23)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 13-10, 5-5 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 19-9, 10-2 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

  • King used a 5-0 run, capped by a pair of Rebekah Hill aces to take a 15-10 lead in the opening stanza.
  • The Tornado later held a 17-12 lead as a Hill kill forced another Crusader timeout. However, the Crusader offense started to find their rhythm.
  • Trailing 21-17, Belmont Abbey scored eight of the next nine points to take a 24-22 lead. Following a Tornado point, the Crusaders took the set 25-23 on a kill.

Second Set

  • The teams traded blows early in the second set before King broke an 8-8 tie with three straight points, the last on a kill from Tristyn Lozano.
  • The Tornado lead grew to 17-12 following a block from Lozano and Kayley Holtzclaw.
  • However, Belmont Abbey started to chip away, pulling within 23-21 before holding off three set points for the Tornado to even the set at 24.
  • Belmont Abbey the scored the next two points, capping the 5-0 run to take the set 26-24.

Third Set

  • King broke a tie at 13 with three straight Georgia Davis kills and Lozano gave the Tornado a 17-13 lead with another kill.
  • Belmont Abbey came back and got within two down the stretch, but King close the 25-19 victory with a 3-0 spurt.
  • Julie Ward started the run with a kill and Abby Anderson came up with an ace to close the set.

Fourth Set

  • King held the upper hand early in the fourth set, but the Crusaders again went on a run in the middle of the set.
  • Belmont Abbey scored five consecutive points to break a 12-12 tie, and followed that with four straight to take a commanding 21-14 advantage.
  • The Tornado didn't give up, using a 3-0 to pull within 24-23 and force a Crusader timeout.
  • However, Belmont Abbey scored the final point, taking the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Anderson led three Tornado with double-doubles, accounting for 39 assists and 20 digs.
  • Lozano posted 10 kills and 14 digs while Ward registered 14 kills and 17 digs.
  • Hill added 20 digs and Sydney Pigage chipped in with 18 digs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Mackenzie Chrapliwy led Belmont Abbey with 13 kills and 17 digs.
  • Cassidy Bonito posted 33 assists, 16 digs and added nine kills
  • Sarah Kenney led the defense with 22 digs.
  • Leah Gunter chipped in with 16 digs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Anderson recorded a career-high 20 digs and her seventh double-double of the season.
  • For Ward, the double-double was her 11th of the season.
  • Lozano registered her third double-double of the season, all coming in the last four matches.

UP NEXT

  • King hosts Lees-McRae College on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Saturday is also senior day.
  • Belmont Abbey travels to the University of Mount Olive on Friday.