September 27, 2011

Total Team Effort Leads Lady Tornado to Sweeping Victory

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The King College women's volleyball team was solid from top to bottom in a three-set win over the Converse Valkyries, Tuesday night. The Lady Tornado hit double digits in service aces and had seven players hit at a .300 or better attack percentage in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-17) victory.

Natalie Brown (Brentwood, Tenn.) had a superb night from the service line registering 20 serves, two aces and leading her team to 14 points on her serves. She also led the team with 11 digs.

Once again, senior Ashley Pittman stood out offensively with her sixth double-digit kill night. She totaled 11 kills for the second straight match and was one of six players with five or more kills against the Valkyries. Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with five kills, Kirsten Hamel (Weaverville, N.C.) and Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va.) with six, and Mariah Harington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) and Sarah Van Goethem (Aurora, Colo.) both finished with seven.

"We had great contributions from everybody," said Head Coach Chris Toomey. "When you can go out there and come away knowing everybody contributed and played strong, it's a great feeling."

Middle hitters Kirsten Hamel and Mariah Harington combined for 13 kills on 23 attempts (.521) and only one error between them. As a team, King hit at a .309 clip and had five players hit higher than the team average.

From the service line King registered 10 aces making the fourth time the Lady Tornado registered 10 or more aces in a match. Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) led the team with three on the night followed by Brown's pair and five more different players with one.

Toomey said, "You want to bounce back so to come out and get a win in convincing fashion is a good way to response. We need to build on that now."

The win is King's seventh in their last eight games after having a six-match win streak broken on Saturday by Lees-McRae. With the win, the Lady Tornado improve to 9-8 overall and a 3-1 Conference Carolinas record. They will continue their six-match road trip with a match against Pfeiffer College on Sept. 30. They will follow with matches against Queens (Oct. 1), Erskine (Oct. 5), Limestone (Oct. 8) and finally a rematch with Lees-McRae (Oct. 11).

"This is the gauntlet part of our season with six away conference games on the schedule and three against top teams. That is a tough stretch. We just need to take one match at a time and get better with each match," said Toomey.