November 19, 2010

Quick match for King in NCCAA Mid-East opener

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College opened the 2010 NCCAA Mid-East Region Volleyball Tournament with a convincing 3-0 victory over Tennessee Temple University Friday in pool play.

King, the event's No. 3 seed and host, used scores of 25-8, 25-5 and 25-8 to beat Tennessee Temple, the No. 6 seed.

The Lady Tornado will play No. 2 seed Asbury (Ky.) University at 5 p.m. to concluded Pool B while Asbury and Tennessee Temple meet at 1 p.m. The top two teams from Pool B advances to the semifinals on Saturday.

Leading the offense was Morgan Machen (Kingsport, Tenn.) with a dozen kills with just one error in 17 attempts for a .647 hitting percentage. Kaitlyn Musick (Weber City, Va.) hit .700 with seven kills in 10 attempts. Sarah Van Goethem (Aurora, Colo.) added six kills.

Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) provided 17 assists as she played the first two sets. Joscelyn Knott (Lake Mary, Fla.) had 11 assists.

In all King had 35 kills with five errors in 55 attempts for a .545 hitting percentage. The team's hitting percentage was higher than the previous season best of .393 against Francis Marion (S.C.) Univ. on Oct. 23. Tennessee Temple just collected six kills total.

The Lady Tornado served 17 aces, the second most this season. Rachel Harding (Abingdon, Va.) provided five to go with her match-high six digs. Seven different Lady Tornado players served at least one ace.

Natasha Ferreti paced Tennessee Temple with two kills while Janette Elliott had five assists.