Tornado Volleyball Double Downed at Tusculum

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – King College women's volleyball struggled for the second straight day in the Tusculum Fall Classic, dropping both its matches to Montevallo (18-25, 25-23, 23-25, 16-25) and Lenoir-Rhyne (19-25, 20-25, 22-25) Saturday evening.

Ashley Pittman (Norris, Tenn.) registered double-digit kills in both matches today. She tallied 14 kills against Montevallo and season-high 17 against Lenoir-Rhyne in the nightcap. Against L-R, she hit at a .571 attack percentage, also a season best. She has now put up double-digit kills in each of her last five matches and now has a team-high 70 kills on the season.

Freshman outside hitter Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) put up a career-high 10 kills in the Montevallo match and added another seven against Lenoir-Rhyne.

Montevallo and King (2-7) split the first two games of the match and King had its chance at the third game taking a 18-18 tie late into the set. However, Montevallo broke out on a four-point run that separated the teams for good. King brought it back within one point at 24-23, but the finishing touch was applied by Manyi Ati for the set win. The Tornado did not recover, dropping the fourth and final set 16-25.

Lenoir-Rhyne improved to 5-3 with their three-set win over King. Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) added her second match with double-digit digs with 12 against the Bears. She preceded that performance with 15 against Montevallo earlier in the day.

"It's hard to go anywhere and lose four consecutive matches," said Head Coach Chris Toomey.  "But the reason why we signed up for these tournaments is because they will make us better and we are just going to learn from these matches. We're playing hurt, a little bit, so right now we're building some depth and playing a bit out of position. We had some chances early and just couldn't convert, but we will grow from this, that is for sure."

King will host their first home matches in a doubleheader against Bluefield State and Virginia Intermont on Sept. 13, 2011. The Tornado and the Blues will open play at the Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.) at 5:00 p.m. and follow with the Cobras at 7:00 p.m.