GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – The King University women's volleyball team took to the road to face Tusculum University for the second time this season. However, the Tornado ran into a stout Pioneer defense on Tuesday night as Tusculum took the 3-0 victory.
FINAL SCORE: Tusculum 3, King 0 (25-14, 25-11, 26-24)
LOCATION: Pioneer Arena; Greeneville, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 11-8; Tusculum 12-10
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The King offense struggled to get going in the first set, hitting negative while the Tusculum offense hit better than .400.
- Tusculum went on a 7-2 run, including scoring five-of-six points to open up a 15-9 lead.
- The Pioneer offense continued to hit well, scoring 10 of the final 15 points to take the set 25-14.
- The Tusculum offense didn't slow down in the second set, hitting .464 and jumping out to a 4-0 lead.
- On the other side, the Pioneer defense kept the King offense pinned down, holding the Tornado to a zero attack percentage in the second set.
- King pulled within 9-7, but the Pioneers closed the set on a 16-1 run to take the set 25-11.
- The Pioneers came out hot again in the third set, opening up an 8-2 lead following a 6-0 run.
- However, Tristyn Lozano tried to get the Tornado offense going with a kill.
- Sydney Pigage later served up an ace before Cathy Scaniffe evened the score at eight, ending the King 6-0 run.
- Nevertheless, Tusculum regained the lead with a 4-0 spurt.
- King later scored six straight points again, this time to take a 16-15 lead.
- The teams then went back-and-forth before King had a chance at set point at 24-23.
- However, the Pioneers scored the final three points, taking the set 26-24 and the match 3-0.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Julie Ward led King with six kills and six digs.
- Kayley Holtzclaw and Scaniffe followed with three kills each as Scaniffe added four digs.
- Pigage led the defense with eight digs and Keri Ricker handed out 14 assists.
FOR THE FOES
- Gabby Gray led Tusculum with 13 kills and nine digs while Emiah Burrowes posted 12 kills and seven digs.
- Elise Carmichael handed out 24 assists and Carly Sosnowski recorded 15 digs.
- King returns home to face Limestone College. First serve from the Student Center Complex is slated for 7:00 p.m.
- Tusculum stays at home to take on Lincoln Memorial University on Friday night.