BRISTOL, Tenn. – King Women's Volleyball concluded its run at the Eagle Invitational, hosted by Carson-Newman College, with a pair of losses to Francis Marion (3-2) and Lincoln Memorial (3-1) on Saturday. Summer Kremer finished with 35 kills on Saturday and was later named to the All-Tournament Team for her weekend effort.
FRANCIS MARION 3, KING 2
Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) set a new single match career high in kills with 21 in King's five-set loss to the Francis Marion Patriots, early Saturday afternoon. The Lady Tornado fought back from two games down to force a fifth set, but the Patriots broke away to clinch the match (25-18, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25, 15-12).
Kremer paced the Lady Tornado with 21 kills on 41 attempts, good for a .415 hit percentage in the team's first of two matches on the day. The sophomore was key to the team's fourth-set win to force a tiebreaking game five when she registered seven kills on 13 swings. Kremer also posted a solo block, two block assists, and four digs in the match.
Freshman Grace Underwood (Pearland, Texas) had her first double-digit kill match of her career, recording 12 on 23 attempts for a team-best .435 hit percentage. She shared the team lead for services aces (3) with fellow freshman Maribeth Kern (Buchanan, Va.). Kern had seven kills against Francis Marion and was one of three King players to record 10 or more digs.
King was nearly defeated in three sets, trailing 19-16 in the third before mounting a comeback that momentarily turned the tide of the match. After one of Kremer's six kills in the third game, Grace Underwood led the team in a three-point swing with a kill by Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) and service ace to tie the game at 20. Sister Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) set up the team's counter attack to take the lead, 22-21, before running away with the set, 25-22.
After controlling all of the fourth set in a 25-20 win to tie the match at two games apiece, King found itself down by as many as five points early in the first-to-15 final game. Grace Underwood led one final charge from the service line late and brought the game back to within two points behind two kills and a block by Summer Kremer, but Francis Marion's Liz Drewry put the match away with her 17th kill of the night to lead the Patriots to the victory.
Drewry shared the team lead for kills (17) with teammate Jessica Imbimbo and added 14 digs for a double-double. She was one of four Francis Marion players with 10 or more kills, joining Megan Mooney (12) and Paige Perreault (10).
LINCOLN MEMORIAL 3, KING 1
Summer Kremer again led the Lady Tornado offense with 14 kills, bringing her day's total to 35, but King fell to the Railsplitters of Lincoln Memorial University in four games (22-25, 25-10, 25-21, 25-13).
A trio of first-year players helped the Tornado ward off the Splitters late in the first game when tied at 21, sophomore Brooke Calhoun (Jonesborough, Tenn.) registered a kill to put the ball in the hands Heather Harvey (Kingsport, Tenn.) at the service line. Harvey then helped her team win the last three points of the game with a pair of service aces teamed with a kill by freshman Maribeth Kern.
Lincoln Memorial went on to win the next three games in succession, led by Kaitlin Walton's 14 kills and Blaire Fowler's 13 kills for the Splitters.
After the tournament's conclusion, Summer Kremer was named to the All-Tournament Team. Through three matches at the Eagle Invitational, she totaled 42 kills (3.5 k/s) on 119 attempts. She also added nine digs and six total blocks (2 solo, 4 block assists).
King (3-5) will begin their Conference Carolinas slate with the defending champion Lees-McRae Bobcats (3-3) on Wednesday, Sept. 12. The Lady Tornado and Bobcats will play at the Student Complex Center with first service scheduled for 7 p.m. King will be the first team to have a chance at breaking Lees-McRae's current 58-game conference win streak (regular season and tournament).