BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College reached the NCCAA Mid-East Region Volleyball Championship match with a 3-0 win over Oakland City (Ind.) University Saturday, and the victory was the 30th of the season for the Lady Tornado squad.
The Lady Tornado, the No. 3 seed and ranked No. 7 among NCCAA teams, used set scores of 25-10, 25-16 and 25-16 to advance. King and Campbellsville (Ky.) University, the top seed and No. 4 team nationally, will play the region championship at 3 p.m. To the winner goes an automatic bid to the NCCAA Women's Volleyball National Tournament.
King, now at 30-8 on the season, opened the match with a 3-0 run in the first set. The Lady Tornado built on a 7-3 advantage and from there the lead kept growing as the match eventually saw the 15 point lead at the conclusion.
Oakland City might have led in the second set, but with the score knotted at 11, King scored the next five points as part of a 6-1 run and never looked back. Oakland City would get within three, but no closer.
The Lady Tornado needed to rally after falling behind 4-1 to start the third, but eventually King grabbed the lead 14-13. King closed out the match on an 11-3 run to reach the championship contest.
Morgan Machen (Kingsport, Tenn.) had 10 of King's 37 kills in the match. Sarah Van Goethem (Aurora, Colo.) added nine kills and Kaitlyn Musick (Weber City, Va.) provided eight. Musick also served up a trio of aces with six digs and two solo blocks.
Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) finished the match with 33 assists. Her counterpart from Oakland City, Allison Eads had 19.
King's Rachel Harding (Abingdon, Va.) produced 16 digs.
Leading the offense from Oakland City was Laura Lochmueller with six kills. Oakland City committed 20 attack errors compared to just 23 kills.
The Lady Tornado hit .319 as a team, 37 kills with just eight errors in 91 attempts. Oakland City had a .032 hitting percentage.