BELMONT, N.C. – The King University women's volleyball team got off to a slow start in their Conference Carolinas opener at Belmont Abbey College on Friday night. However, the Tornado fought back and forced a fifth set, winning the second and fourth sets. King held a lead early in the fifth set, but the Crusaders came back to stun King 15-12 and take the match 3-2.
FINAL SCORE: Belmont Abbey 3, King 2 (25-19, 23-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-12)
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 2-5, 0-1 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 1-9, 1-0 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Belmont Abbey quickly jumped out to a 4-1 lead behind Tornado offensive miscues.
- King tried to fight through the offensive struggles in the first set, but the Crusaders used a 6-1 run to open up a 20-11 advantage.
- The Tornado offense then started to click, going on a 6-2 run to pull within 24-19, but it wasn't enough as the Crusaders took the set 25-19.
- King looked to steady the ship in the second set, opening up a 9-5 lead following a Julie Ward kill.
- Belmont Abbey worked their way back, evening the tally at 12 before the teams started to trade points.
- Georgia Davis started a 3-0 run that was capped by a Hannah Rogers ace and gave King a 17-14 lead.
- However, Belmont Abbey came back and evened the score again, this time at 20.
- A block from Davis and Kayley Holtzclaw gave King a 23-20 lead before Ward gave King the 25-23 win with another kill.
- Tristyn Lozano started a 4-0 run that gave the Tornado a 4-1 lead early in the third set.
- The Tornado advantage grew to 7-3 before the Crusaders started to come back.
- Belmont Abbey evened the score at nine with a 6-2 run before the teams started to go back-and-forth for 12 points.
- With the scored tied at 15, the Crusaders rolled off five straight points to gain separation en route to the 25-20 victory.
- Brittney Ramsey broke a tie at four in the fourth set with a kill that ignited a 6-0 Tornado run.
- On the run that put King ahead 10-4, Ramsey and Remi Thele teamed up for a block, as did Ramsey and Lozano.
- As they did all night long, the Crusaders worked their way back, eventually evening the score at 15.
- Davis came up with a kill that sparked a 3-0 King run, breaking a tie at 19.
- Following a Crusader point, Lozano started another 3-0 spurt, this one ending on a Ramsey and Lozano block, giving King the 25-20 win.
- Trailing 4-2 early in the final set, Lozano ignited a 4-0 run for King with a kill.
- Thele and Ramsey teamed up for another block that put King ahead and forced a Belmont Abbey timeout.
- An ace from Lozano forced another Belmont Abbey timeout and gave King a 9-5 advantage.
- However, the Crusaders came storming back, scoring four straight points to even the score at 11 before Ward came up with a kill.
- That didn't slow down the Belmont Abbey offense, however, as the scored the final four points to take the set 15-12 and the match 3-2.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Ward led the Tornado with 19 kills and 17 digs.
- Lozano followed with 12 kills and 17 digs.
- Rogers also posted a double-double with 17 assists and 12 digs.
- Ramsey posted eight blocks and Thele added six stuffs.
- Sydney Pigage posted 13 digs from her libero position.
FOR THE FOES
- Mackenzie Chrapliwy led Belmont Abbey with 20 kills and 26 digs.
- Cassidy Bonito posted 10 kills, 12 digs and 44 assists.
- Carie Jane Valentine added 10 kills.
- Paige Rawlins and Caitlyn Faber added 14 and 13 digs, respectively.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The double-doubles for Ward and Lozano marks the third of the season for each.
- Rogers posted her first career double-double.
- Ramsey and Thele both set career-highs in blocks.
- This marks the second time in as many matches the Tornado and Crusaders have played all five sets. King fell to Belmont Abbey in the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Championship semifinals a season ago.
- King travels to take on the University of Mount Olive on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
- Belmont Abbey hosts Lander University and Winston-Salem State University on Saturday.