Tornado Fall in Offensive Standstill

*Photo courtesy of Katie Bowles
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a rematch of a Sept. 24 meeting between Lees-McRae and King College, the Tornado fell to the same fate as their match at home. King women's volleyball fell to Lees-McCrae in Banner Elk, N.C. by a 3-1 decision (25-21, 12-25, 18-25, 14-25), Tuesday night.

King (11-11, 5-4) won the first set of the day, 25-21, recovering from an early five-point deficit en route to the win. Lees-McRae went on to win the next three matches, two by nine points or more.

The duo of Ashley Pittman (Norris, Tenn.) and Sarah Van Goethem (Aurora, Colo.) were each held to under ten kills apiece. Pittman was held just short of 10 kills against the Bobcats, finishing with nine on the night and breaking a ten-game streak of consecutive matches with 10 or more kills. Van Goethem was held to just eight kills. She led the team with 12 digs, as well.

Three Bobcat players had double-digit kill counts against the Tornado, including Taylor Clendenin who had 19 to lead the team. Lees-McRae exceled at the service line, recording 13 aces.

Mariah Herington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) led King with four block assists while Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) and Kirsten Hamel (Weaverville, N.C.) each had three blocks. One of Hamel's blocks was solo.

King has now finished their six-match road trip with a 3-3 record after beginning the stint with three wins against three of the top four teams in Conference Carolinas. The Tornado will begin a three-match homestand beginning this Friday (Oct. 14) at 7:00 p.m. against Coker. On Saturday, King will host a tri-match that will involve St. Andrews and Mars Hill. Saturday action will begin at 12 noon.