BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's volleyball team played a tough nonconference schedule to get prepared for the Conference Carolinas season, and that paid off for the Tornado on Tuesday night. The Tornado got another double-double from Becca Huddleston as they defeated Belmont Abbey College 3-0, earning their first win of the season.
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Belmont Abbey 0 (28-26, 25-20, 25-20)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 1-6, 1-0 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 1-8, 0-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The first set was tight, and the Tornado looked to gain control early following a kill from Remi Thele and back-to-back aces from Huddleston, taking a 10-6 lead.
- However, the Crusaders came back and scored the next five points to gain the advantage at 11-10.
- The team then went back-and-forth until Belmont Abbey took a 20-18 lead, forcing a Tornado timeout.
- Huddleston came up with a kill out of the break, and Cathy Scaniffe later evened the set at 22-22 with her fifth of five kills in the set.
- Following a Crusader point, Ashton Beckner pulled King even and the Tornado took a 24-23 lead on a ball handling error.
- Belmont Abbey later scored consecutive points to take a 26-25 lead, but Huddleston answered with her six kill of the frame to even the score. A pair of Crusader attack errors then gave King the 28-26 victory.
- Early in the second set, King used a 5-2 run, capped by a pair of Huddleston kills to take a 7-4 lead.
- Belmont Abbey worked their way back and evened the set at 11, but that was the last time the score was tied as Thele put the Tornado ahead for good in the second set with a kill.
- King opened up a 17-14 lead before Belmont Abbey called timeout, and out of the break, King scored three straight points, stretching their run to 5-0 to take a 20-14 lead.
- Jenna Sturgeon eventually gave King the 25-20 victory with one of her five kills in the match.
- The third set was tight until Thele and Beckner teamed up for a block to start at 4-0 Tornado run. Scaniffe accounted for a pair of kills on the spurt and Sydney Pigage added an ace, giving King a 13-8 lead.
- The Crusaders came back to get within 15-13, but King head coach Morris Cephas called a timely timeout to halt the Belmont Abbey momentum.
- Out of the break, King scored three straight points to open up an 18-13 lead.
- Fittingly, Huddleston ended the match with a kill, giving King the 25-20 win as the Tornado took the match 3-0.
- King turned in what may have been their best offensive performance of the season, hitting .303 in the win, including a blistering .406 in the second set.
- Huddleston posted a double-double, accounting for 14 kills and 11 digs.
- Scaniffe posted a match-high 15 kills while Thele chipped in with six kills.
- Haley Roe handed out 40 assists and Amy Serowski led the defense with 14 digs.
FOR THE FOES
- Aimee Cloninger led Belmont Abbey with 12 kills to go along with nine digs.
- Alexandra Henriott added nine kills and six digs while Sarah Kenney posted a team-high 10 digs.
- Gabby Martinez handed out 17 assists and Cassidy Bonito dished out 12 helpers.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The double-double for Huddleston marks her second straight double-double. She also matched a career-high with 14 kills, reaching that mark for the third time.
- The 15 kills for Scaniffe marks a career-high, better her previous mark of 14 that was set a season ago.
- King continues Conference Carolinas play in the Student Center Complex on Friday when they host Limestone College. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m.
- Belmont Abbey hosts Southern Wesleyan University on Friday night.