September 27, 2013

Tornado top Flying Fleet, extend winning streak to 10 matches

DUE WEST, S.C. – The King University women's volleyball team faced their first Conference Carolinas road test of the season when they traveled to Erskine College on Friday night. The offense led the Tornado to their 10th straight win as King swept the Flying Fleet, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16.

Maribeth Kern sparked the Tornado offense with back-to-back kills to start the match, and Kelsey Griffitts followed with a kill to give King (10-3, 2-0 CC) a quick 3-0 lead. The Tornado gradually extended their lead, and Olivia Underwood gave King a 20-14 advantage with a kill. Kern registered another kill to give the Tornado a 23-15 lead as they went on to take the set 25-16.

The Tornado offense stayed hot throughout the match, taking the final two sets 25-15 and 25-16 for the 3-0 sweep. King hit a blistering .243 in the win, and registered 65 digs to go along with seven blocks.

"We played this match with exceptional focus and intensity," head coach Chris Toomey said. "It is so important for us to play well on the road, so I was really proud of the way our ladies competed against a good team in a tough environment."

Kern led the Tornado with 10 kills and 13 digs for the double-double while Grace Underwood and Summer Kremer chipped it in with eight and seven kills, respectively. Olivia Underwood led the Tornado with 34 assists to go along with 10 digs for the double-double. Payton Tipton recorded a team-high 15 digs.

King will be in action again on Saturday when they take on North Greenville University at 12:00 p.m., in Tigerville, S.C. King will then face Clark Atlanta University at 2:00 p.m.