Women's Volleyball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Ward leads King past CC division-leading Emmanuel

Photo credit: Tyler Feaster
Photo credit: Tyler Feaster

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's volleyball team continued their hot play, sweeping Conference Carolinas West Division-leading Emmanuel College. The first set went to extra points before the Tornado pulled away to take the final two sets behind 18 kills from Julie Ward.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Emmanuel 0 (27-25, 25-16, 25-13)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 10-7, 6-3 Conference Carolinas; Emmanuel 10-10, 6-2 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

  • The Lions came out and looked to gain control early, opening up a 14-9 lead to five a King timeout after Emmanuel scored five straight points.
  • The King deficit grew to 16-9 before Ward got going, ending the Lion run with a kill.
  • King chipped away at the deficit and used a 4-0 run capped by blocks from Brittney Ramsey and Tristyn Lozano and Ramsey and Keri Ricker to even the score at 19.
  • With King trailing by three, Ward registered a pair of kills, evening the score back at 23.
  • Kayley Holtzclaw gave King a chance at set point when Ward served up an ace to give King the 27-25 victory.

Second Set

  • Remi Thele and Lozano gave King a 12-7 lead in the second set with back-to-back kills that force a Lion timeout.
  • The Tornado offense kept clicking as they hit .300 in the set with 11 kills.
  • Holtzclaw came up with a kill and Ward with another ace before a Lion miscue gave King the 25-16 victory.

Third Set

  • The Tornado put the match away early in the third set, scoring the first four points on a 12-2 spurt that saw Emmanuel use both of their timeouts.
  • Ward had three kills on the run and Rebekah Hill capped the run with an ace.
  • The Tornado hit .258 in their 25-13 victory that gave King the sweep.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Ward led the Tornado with 18 kills, 10 coming in the first set. She also hit .400 in the match and added seven digs.
  • Lozano followed with seven kills and 10 digs.
  • Thele chipped in with six kills and four blocks while Holtzclaw added five kills and five blocks.
  • Ricker handed out 29 assists to go along with six digs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Jessica Gray led Emmanuel with 12 kills and five digs.
  • Stephanie Hardy handed out 30 assists and Aysha Avery posted 16 digs.

UP NEXT

  • King is in action again on Saturday when they host Erskine College at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • Emmanuel travels to Lees-McRae College on Saturday.
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