Lady Tornado Dispense of Virginia Intermont in Straight Sets
BRISTOL, Tenn. – In front of a crowd that packed Kline Gym with tie dye and throwback music, both sides of Bristol were entertained by the King Lady Tornado and Virginia Intermont Cobras women's volleyball teams squaring off. The Lady Tornado turned in their fourth consecutive victory with a three-set victory over the Cobras (25-13, 25-20, 25-21), Tuesday night. Summer Kremer led King with 10 kills while the team improved to 7-5 overall.
Virginia Intermont committed 13 attack errors on 40 attempts while being stopped at the net twice by the combination Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) and Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.). Five different Lady Tornado chipped in a pair of kills to help break away from the Cobras and finish the first game on a 12-4 run.
Lauren Willoughby (Cary, N.C.) led the charge in the second game with a trio of kills on six attempts and a block assist in King's 25-20 set win to put them ahead two games to none. With a one point lead, Mariah Herington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) started a three-point run with her fourth kill of the night. Willoughby and recently minted Conference Carolinas Player of the Week Grace Underwood (Pearland, Texas) stuffed Rachael Bell at the net, followed by a service ace by Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.). Willoughby finished off the set with her fifth kill of the night, completing a 6-2 run and achieving the set win.
The Cobras rebounded and had a lead over King early in the third set before Willoughby helped the Lady Tornado gain ground on the visitors to tie the set at 12-12. Summer Kremer had back-to-back kills to tie the match and a third soon after to tie it again at 13-13 before King began to create distance from VI.
Ahead by one point, 21-20, a kill by Kremer followed by a bad set from Ashley Hooven created a three-point gap that was not to be recovered from. Kelsey Griffitts finished off the Cobras with two straight kills in succession for match point and a 25-21 third set win.
Kremer led the Lady Tornado with 10 kills on 32 attempts and added three block assists. She now has six consecutive games with 10 or more kills and has as many in all but one contest this season, totaling a team-high 175 on the season. Her three block assists set a new season high for the sophomore.
Grace Underwood finished with seven kills on 15 attempts (.333). Kelsey Griffitts had six kills, mainly working out of the middle of the floor, while leading the team with four block assists against the Cobras.
Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) and Heather Harvey (Kingsport, Tenn.) each finished the night with double-digit assists. Harvey finished with 12, all coming in the third set, while Underwood led the team with 15.
King (7-5, 2-0) will jump back into Conference Carolinas play against the Pfeiffer Falcons on Friday, Sept. 21. First service against the Falcons is set for 7 p.m. from inside the Student Center Complex gymnasium.