Lady Tornado Split Opening Day Action at Falcon Fest Tournament
BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Women's Volleyball went 1-1 on its first day of play at the Falcon Fest Tournament. The Lady Tornado defeated the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown in straight sets before suffering a tight, five-set loss to host Fairmont State University, on Friday.
King 3, Pitt-Johnstown 0 (25-20, 25-21, 25-21)
The Lady Tornado cruised to a 3-0 victory in their opening match of the season. Sophomores Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) and Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) each posted six kills in King's opener, Kremer's first as a member of the team after transferring. Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) returned her defensive prowess with 16 digs to accompany her team-high two service aces while freshman Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) debuted with 32 assists.
Freshman Lauren Willoughby (Cary, N.C.) also stood out with five kills on 10 attacks and a dig in her first collegiate action. Grace Underwood (Pearland, Texas) registered four kills, one ace, and a team-best three block assists in the win.
While the Mountain Cats led at the net with five solo and eight block assists, UPJ also committed 12 block errors in King's victory. Karen Schmidt led UPJ with nine kills on 22 swings.
King 2, Fairmont St. 3
King split the day's action after a five-set loss to the host school, Fairmont State University. King broke out to a one set lead with a 26-24 victory, but the Falcons returned fire with consecutive set victories in the second and third. After staying alive by winning the fourth set, it again went to extra points with Fairmont St. squeaking passed the Lady Tornado, 16-14, for the match win.
Statistics will be available for the second match soon.
The Lady Tornado will resume play against West Liberty State at 8 a.m. and conclude Saturday action against Seton Hill at 2 p.m.