Tornado sweep Crusaders, extend winning streak to 19
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University started their home match against North Greenville University on fire and never looked back as they took the clean sweep, 25-12, 25-21, 25-18 over the Crusaders. With the win, King extends their winning streak to 19 matches, pushes their Conference Carolinas record to 9-0.
Summer Kremer started her night with a pair of kills on King's 6-0 run to start the match. The Crusaders (3-19, 1-9 CC) took a timeout at 5-0, and again after the Tornado scored three straight points to take a 9-1 advantage. Out of the second timeout, Kremer came up with another kill before the King lead reached 13-2 after a Grace Underwood kill. The Tornado (20-3, 9-0 CC) used a 5-0 run to take a 24-9 lead, capped by another Kremer kill as she had six in the first set. The Tornado went on to take the first frame 25-12.
The second set started the exact opposite was as North Greenville opened the frame with a 5-0 run. The Tornado deficit reached 7-1 before King started to gradually work their way back. Mariah Herington registered one of her three kills in the match to pull King within 11-8 and force a North Greenville timeout.
However, the Crusaders quickly extended their lead to 16-9 before Maribeth Kern ignited the Tornado offense with a kill. Kern later served up an ace to pull King within 16-14, and force a Crusader timeout. Trailing 17-15, Kremer sparked a 4-0 spurt with a kill before Grace Underwood eventually evened the score at 17 with one of her seven kills in the match. Back-to-back aces by Payton Tipton gave King a 19-17 lead. North Greenville didn't go away however, as they held a 21-20 lead before Kremer pulled King even again. Brooke Calhoun ended the 25-21 set win with a pair service aced around two Crusader attack errors.
King jumped ahead early again in the third set as Calhoun forced a Crusader timeout with an ace that gave the Tornado a 7-3 lead. North Greenville came back and got within 14-13, but Kremer gave the momentum back with one of her 15 kills in the match. Olivia Underwood followed with consecutive aces to give King a 17-13 lead. From there, the Tornado held their lead en route to the 25-18 victory to take the sweep.
Kremer King with 15 kills and hit .306 in the match while Grace Underwood followed with seven kills on nine attempts. Underwood didn't make an attack error all night for a hitting percentage of .778. Lauren Willoughby chipped in with six kills while Olivia Underwood dished out 35 assists on King's 39 kills. Casey Williams led King with 12 digs, and Tipton followed with 11 digs.
King has the weekend off and will be in action again next Wednesday when they travel to take on Belmont Abbey College. Belmont Abbey is currently in second place in the Conference Carolinas standings with an 8-1 record. First serve from Belmont, N.C. is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.