BRISTOL, Tenn. – When King fired back with a 25-16 second set victory to even the match at one game apiece, the momentum appeared to have shifted the hosts' way. However, the University of Montevallo Falcons came back and committed six errors over the final two games, taking them both in a 3-1 decision over King. Summer Kremer led the team with 10 kills in the loss.
After the Falcons cruised to a 25-12 victory in the opening set, Montevallo jumped out 4-1 early. King chipped into that lead and with a big block at the net by Grace Underwood (Pearland, Texas) and Jordan Baty (Wilmington, N.C.) the Lady Tornado tied the game, 9-9. King continued to roll with the momentum by going on a 9-2 run to separate themselves from the Falcons. Montevallo came out of the timeout with three consecutive attack errors before G. Underwood and Mariah Herington (Jonesborough, Tenn.) combined for five kills over the next six King points taken to build their lead, 17-11. Montevallo did not get any closer than six points to the Lady Tornado where Herington put the match away with her fourth kill of the frame, 25-16.
Riding that wave, King exploded to an early 7-0 lead behind the service of Maribeth Kern (Buchanan, Va.). Summer Kremer had two kills and an assist during that run, but the lead dwindled and Montevallo came back to tie the game at 10, later forcing King to take their first timeout then trailing 12-11. Both teams exchanged blows toward a 21-21 contest where the Falcons mounted an attack to take the final four points and the set. With the ball in their possession, Payton Tipton committed a service error, followed by a kill by Brianna Guzinski to put the Falcons up 23-21 and forcing King to take their final timeout of the third set. Guzinski picked up where she left off before the timeout, putting down the last two points of the set in a 25-21 win.
Montevallo finished off King with a 25-12 set win in the fourth, finishing the contest on a 15-5 run that began with a kill by Manyi Ati. After Ati put down her second of four kills in the set, teammate Michelle Walker increased the lead with a kill, followed by an attack error by G. Underwood King called a timeout to try to stop the slide. The Falcons continued to roll backed by kills by Rebekah Phelps and Michelle Walker that accounted for four of Montevallo's next five points, helping them build a 21-10 lead. With two more kills by Ati the Falcons went on to win the fourth and final set, leading to a 3-1 match victory.
King struggled on the attack, hitting only .070 as a team versus Montevallo's .276 attack percentage. The Falcons held the block advantage at the net, 7.0-3.0, paced by Michelle Carle with three block assists. Eight different Falcons had at least one block assist.
Summer Kremer (Mills River, N.C.) led the Lady Tornado with 10 kills while also adding four digs and one block assist.
Grace Underwood hit the most efficiently, converting seven of her 18 attack attempts and committing only three errors (.222). Mariah Herington matched G. Underwood in her kill count with seven.
Kelsey Griffitts (Bristol, Va./John Battle H.S.) had a balanced day with six kills and two block assists. Payton Tipton (Cleveland, Tenn.) finished with team-high 21 digs.
Leading the way for Montevallo was Michelle Walker with 13 kills (.333) while Manyi Ati hit .467 on 9-of-15 attempts and only two errors. Guzinski finished with six kills and 12 digs while Kaleigh Harvey led the Falcons with 16 digs.
The Lady Tornado's second match of the evening versus Concord was cancelled due to weather stemming from Hurricane Sandy.
King (14-15, 8-7 Conference Carolinas) has two final games, both at home, to close out the regular season. They will host Winston-Salem State Rams on Thursday, Nov. 1 with a 7 p.m. first service from inside the Student Center Complex. Their final regular season game of the year will be against Limestone on Senior Day, Friday, Nov. 2. Game time is set for 6 p.m.