Five and Counting…King Handles VI in Straight Sets

BRISTOL, Va. – King College Women's Volleyball, led by a 14-kill performance by Ashley Pittman, handled Virginia Intermont in straight sets on Thursday evening. The Lady Tornado beat the Cobras 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 for their fifth consecutive win.

Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) and Sarah Van Goethem (Aurora, Colo.) both supported Pittman's effort on offense with six and nine kills, respectively. Earwood hit at a 50 percent mark, going 6-for-12 with no errors, but also contributed 28 assists and six digs on the night. Van Goethem gad nine kills on 20 attacks (.207) with six digs.

"VI has a great environment and they were a really scrappy team," said Head Coach Chris Toomey. "It was a great test for our team. They gave us a great challenge that will be useful as we prepare for the rest of the season and conference tournament."

Mariah Herrington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) led the team with two solo blocks and one block assist, contributing to the team's five team blocks. Peyton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) led the team with 11 digs, though seven different King players recorded at least one dig on the night.

"Our girls were very mentally steady tonight," said Toomey. "They did not let anything, including the environment get to them and were consistent."

King (16-11, 9-4) will get back into conference action on Oct. 25 against Limestone College. The Lady Tornado will host the Saints at the Student Center Complex with a 3:00 p.m. first service.