October 5, 2011

Defense Stalls Lady Tornado Against Erskine

DUE WEST, S.C. – A three-match win streak was snapped against Erskine College Wednesday night when the Flying Fleet defeated the Lady Tornado in four sets (17-25, 25-19, 18-25, 20-25). The Erskine defense slowed King's offensive standouts to hand them their second conference loss of the season.

Sarah Van Goethem (Aurora, Colo.) led the Lady Tornado with 15 kills, committing only one attack error and registering a kill percentage of .326. She also added seven digs on the night.

Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) added seven digs as well, while also once again leading the team in assists (29). Earwood also led the team in blocks with four block assists and services aces (3).

The Flying Fleet stalled senior Ashley Pittman (Norris, Tenn.) at the net, holding her 12 kills on the night. Despite being slowed by the Fleet, Pittman continued her streak now totaling 12 straight games with 10 or more kills in a match.

"Give Erskine credit," said Head Coach Chris Toomey. "We dictated play in our recent wins and we just didn't do that tonight. They are a good team and their defense played us well."

Sandra Campbell of Erskine was mainly responsible for both the Fleet's defensive stand and offensive output, totaling 15 kills on 32 attempts and adding seven block assists at the net.  Liz Massey registered five service aces against King.

King (11-9, 5-2) has two games remaining on their current road trip. The Lady Tornado will play Limestone College on Saturday, Oct. 8 before heading to Lees-McRae for a rematch of their previous meeting when the Bobcats swept King earlier this season. Their match against Limestone will begin at 2:00 p.m.

"Good teams are resilient and so we have to show if we are one of those teams," said Toomey. "We have a real challenge for ourselves ahead. It's a pivotal match for us to be able to stay at the top of the conference."