November 12, 2011

Season Concludes with Loss to Lees McRae

BANNER ELK, N.C. – After a dramatic comeback win over Mount Olive in the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Tournament quarterfinal match, the magic ran out for King College in Friday night's semifinal loss to Lees-McRae. The Tornado fell in three sets (15-25, 12-25, 12-25) to the Bobcats in a defeat that ends their season.
 

Two of the Tornado's three games resembled one another as both teams battled evenly through the first 10 points of each game. Lees McRae began to pull away with short runs at this point before the separation became too great to rebound back from.

In game one, the Bobcats went on a four-point run toward a 10-6 score, a lead they maintained throughout. Behind All-Conference selection Taylor Clendenin three late kills in the game, Lees McRae went on a another short run, 5-2, to create more distance before scoring five of the games last six points.

The Bobcats jumped out to a quick 4-0 start in game two and did not let up, doubling their lead to 16-8 by the middle of the set. At 16-8, the Tornado surrendered four straight points and seven of the next eight to fall behind 23-9 before the Bobcats finished the second set, 25-12.

Game three resembled game one with both teams exchanging blows en route to a 5-5 tie. Slowly the Bobcats began to break away and developed a five-point lead after a 4-1 run. Momentum continued to be on the Green and White's side when with an 17-11 lead, the hosts began a  8-1 run behind four King errors to close out the match with a third set win.

Despite the loss, Sarah Van Goethem (Aurora, Colo.) registered double-digit kills, going 11-for-22 with five errors (.273), adding to her four digs. Shannon Earwood (Carson City, Nev.) had 15 assists and led the team with six digs on the evening. In their final games with the Tornado, Kirsten Hamel (Weaverville, N.C.) and Ashley Pittman went a combined 5-for30 on kill attempts with all five belonging to Pittman. The Norris, Tenn. native also had two of King's three blocks (1 solo). Hamel had the team's only other block, an assist.

The loss concludes the Tornado's season in which they finished with an overall record of 23-13 (.639) in their first season participating in Conference Carolinas. They completed the regular season with a 13-5 (.722) conference ledger and went 12-1 in home games. King earned the College's first-ever Conference Carolinas postseason victory as a full member with their come-from-behind victory against Mount Olive on Tuesday night.