BRISTOL, Va. – On Wednesday night, the King University women's volleyball team traveled to face their crosstown rivals, Virginia Intermont College. The Tornado dropped the first set, but rebounded to take the final three sets, winning the match 3-1.
King (2-3) grabbed the early lead in the first set, and held a 6-2 advantage following a Summer Kremer kill. The Tornado stretched the lead to 14-9 on a Casey Williams service ace before the Cobras (2-4) started a comeback. Virginia Intermont rolled off five straight points to even the set, and a sixth straight point to take a 15-14 lead. The teams traded points until the Cobras scored three consecutive points to take a 21-18 lead. King got back within 22-21, but Virginia Intermont scored three of the final four points to take the set 25-22.
The Tornado responded by scoring the first three points of the second set, and opened up a 9-4 lead following a Lauren Willoughby kill. King then scored four straight points to stretch their advantage to 19-10 later in the set before Kelsey Griffitts ended the 25-18 set win with a kill.
King kept rolling in the third set, and held a 4-1 lead following a Griffitts block. With the Tornado leading 7-5, the Cobras made a run, scoring four straight points to take a 9-7 lead. The Cobras stretched their lead to 16-12 before Olivia Underwood sparked a King run with a service ace. Jordan Baty registered a kill to bring King within one, and Kremer drilled another kill to give King a 17-16 lead. Grace Underwood extended the King lead to 19-16 with a block, and the Tornado run finally ended at 7-0 following a Cobra kill. However, Kremer brought momentum back to King's side with a kill as the Tornado went on to take the set 25-21.
The fourth set was tight early until Baty registered another kill to spark a 4-0 run that gave King a 9-5 lead. The Tornado then used another 4-0 run to gain a commanding 17-8 lead. The Cobras tried to comeback, but couldn't get closer than eight points as the Tornado went on to take the set 25-15, and the match 3-1.
Griffitts led the Tornado with 11 kills while Willoughby, Kremer and Grace Underwood all chipped in with eight kills apiece. Payton Tipton anchored the defense with 18 digs.
King will be in action again this weekend as they host the King University Invitational. The Tornado will play Southern Wesleyan University at 12:00 p.m., and Carson-Newman University at 4:30 p.m. Both matches will be in the Student Center Complex.