November 2, 2011

Lady Tornado Get Groovy in Retro Night Win Against NGU

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Led by 22 kills by junior Sarah Van Goethem, the Lady Tornado volleyball team kept its rich tradition of victory on Retro Night and with a 3-1 win over North Greenville University, Wednesday night. The win keeps the Lady Tornado within reach of a top-four spot in the standings and the right to host a first round Conference Carolinas Tournament game with two league matches remaining in the regular season.

Head Coach Chris Toomey post game interview (.mp3) - click here

Van Goethem, a native of Aurora, Colo., hit a .426 clip in the victory and committed only two errors in four sets played. She led the team with 22 kills on the night, more than doubling the next nearest Tornado player. She added nine digs and three of the team's 18 total block assists. Van Goethem's 22 kills is a new season high for the outside hitter.

Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va.) led the way defensively at the net with seven block assists, more than the entire North Greenville lineup, while adding a trio of kills. Three King players finished with 10 or more digs. Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Natalie Brown (Brentwood, Tenn.) again landed on this list with 11 and 15 digs, respectively. Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) was the third Tornado player to register double-digit kills (12) while also contributing three block assists while on the front line and 37 digs to add to put her over 1,000 for the season overall.

King (20-12, 11-5) came out and dominated play in the first set with a 25-12 victory behind a .423 team hitting percentage, committing only a pair of errors in the set. Despite dropping the second set, 25-21, the Lady Tornado battled back and took the third and fourth sets in a decisive matter, 25-21 and 25-14. The win improves King's home record to 10-1 this season.

The Lady Tornado have two matches remaining on the regular season schedule, both at home and against conference opponents. Friday (Nov. 4), the Scarlett and Navy will host Converse College and celebrate Senior Night, beginning with a 7:00 p.m. first service. Saturday, the team will begin their day early with a 10:00 a.m. first service against Erskine College, a match that very well may determine King's ability to host a first round game in the Conference Carolinas Tournament.