Lady Tornado Back on Track, Defeat Valkyries 3-0
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King College offense returned to form in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-12) victory over the Converse Valkyries on Friday night. Summer Kremer led the Lady Tornado with 12 kills while Payton Tipton equaled that number in digs on King's Community Night at the Student Center Complex.
Sophomore Summer Kremer (Mills Creek, N.C.) and freshman Lauren Willoughby (Cary, N.C.) each had four kills in the first set, helping the team break away to a 25-18 win. With the score 14-13, sisters Grace and Olivia Underwood (Pearland, Texas) led the Lady Tornado at the service line to break out to an 18-14 lead. Three of Kremer's four kills came during the team's 9-5 run to close out the first game, including the set-clinching kill.
King's offense continued to heighten as the team's attack percentage rose to .367 and .524 in the final two set wins, respectively. Willoughby added three more kills to her line in the second set, while the defense, led by Payton Tipton's six digs, kept the Valkyries hitting just above .100 for the set. Converse kept it close, staying within a point of King until the 17-16 mark, where King closed out the game on an 8-3 run with help from four Converse errors.
Kremer collected six more kills on 11 attempts (.545) in the third set as the Lady Tornado rolled to a 25-12 win to take the match. King posted an errorless final frame, going 11-for-21 (.524) as a team on the offensive end.
King's leading attacker finished with 12 kills on the night as Kremer went 12-for-27 (.370) with two errors on the night. Lauren Willoughby finished the night with seven kills in two games played.
Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) and Brooke Calhoun (Johnson City, Tenn.) each finished with double-digit digs. The sophomore, Tipton, finished with 12 digs while Calhoun ended with 10.
Freshman setter Olivia Underwood had 18 assists while putting up a service ace and two block assists. Middle blocker Grace Underwood led the team at the net with three block assists and one solo block.
The Lady Tornado will engage in two games on Saturday, Oct. 6, as part of a tri-match with Erskine College and Carson-Newman College. King will play the Flying Fleet in a battle for first place in the West Division of Conference Carolinas. Both teams currently are 6-2 in the division and will play at 11 a.m. After Erskine and Carson-Newman play at 1 p.m., King will play the Eagles at 3 p.m. All games will be played in the Student Center Complex with live stats and video available for all matches.