October 8, 2011

Pittman and Frantom Named SAAC Athletes of the Month

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Ashley Pittman of the Women's Volleyball team and Spencer Frantom of the Men's Cross Country team have been named the King College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Athletes of the Month for September, as voted by their peers. The announcement is the first of such awards for the 2011-12 athletic year.

Pittman, a native of Norris, Tenn., has been the main source of offense for the Lady Tornado through the first month of play, leading her team to a 10-6 overall record and a 4-1 mark in league play. The captain has lead the team in kills (204) by more than double the next closest teammate and leads the team with 3.64 kills per set. In September she hit at a .274 clip, made 31 digs and had 11 blocks (5 solo) in helping the Lady Tornado end the month winning eight of their last nine games. Pittman was also named the Conference Carolinas Volleyball Player of the Week on Oct. 3.

"On and off the court, Ashley has really stepped up her game and leadership over the years," said Women's Volleyball head coach Chris Toomey. "She is one of the keys to our success this year and will continue to be for the rest of the season. She is well deserving of this honor."

The Lady Tornado are currently 11-9 (5-2) and sit just a half game back from second place team Limestone College. King plays Limestone and has the chance to jump ahead in the standings with a win over the Saints, Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Spencer Frantom has spent September rewriting the King Cross Country record books with fantastic performances at the Clemson Open (Sept. 16) where he broke the school record for the 8k (25:01) by 44 seconds and was just seconds off the pace from matching that time recently at the Greater Louisville Classic. He was recently named the Conference Carolinas Male Runner of the Week following his 11th place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic in a field of over 250 competitors and 33 teams.

The sophomore from Morristown, Tenn. is gearing up to reach his goal of breaking the 25-minute barrier at the Conference Carolinas Championships on Oct. 21. He is part of the Men's Cross Country team that is currently ranked second in the region and on pace to automatically qualify for the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

"Spencer's appetite to be better is impressive," said Head Coach Peter Dalton. "He is not only a great athlete but also a great teammate and leader. Spencer has galvanized the men's team into team that can finish in the top-20 at Nationals in Spokane."

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, also known as SAAC, at King College is comprised of multiple athletes from each of the Tornado's 24 varsity athletic programs to help develop better leaders on and off of the playing field. SAAC will meet monthly and vote a male and female student-athlete of the month on a regular basis for the duration of the athletic year.