Scaniffe's career night helps King to thrilling win over Limestone

Photo: Robert Foster
Photo: Robert Foster

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In what was a thrilling match in the Student Center Complex, the King University women's volleyball team came away with a Conference Carolinas victory on Friday night. The Tornado came back to defeat Limestone College 3-2 behind a career night from Cathy Scaniffe who posted her first career double-double.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Limestone 2 (21-25, 25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 15-12)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-6, 2-0 Conference Carolinas; Limestone 5-6, 1-1 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • King used a 7-2 run early in the first set to take a 10-8 lead, but the Saints responded with a 7-2 run of their own, opening up a 15-12 advantage.
  • The Saints then held the lead, and had a chance at set point, leading 24-19, but the Tornado scored three straight points before Limestone took the set 25-21.
  • In the second set, King used a 10-0 with Sydney Pigage at the service line to turn a 6-3 deficit into a 13-6 advantage. Scaniffe had three kills on the run, Ashton Beckner added a pair and Pigage served up two aces.
  • Limestone tried to make a run late, but Beckner and Remi Thele teamed up for a block, giving King the 25-16 victory.
  • It was another run in the third set that put the Tornado ahead, this one was 5-0. Tristyn Lozano had a pair of kills and Beckner served up an ace on the run that gave King an 11-8 lead.
  • King held the lead until late when Limestone scored three straight points to take a 20-18 lead.
  • However, the Tornado came back, using a Saint miscue before Haley Roe served up an ace and Lozano came through with a kill to put King ahead 21-20.
  • Scaniffe then gave King a chance at set point, and after a Saint point, she registered her sixth kill of the set, giving King the 25-23 victory.
  • Limestone jumped ahead early in the fourth set, and King answered, using a 5-0 run to take a 13-10 advantage.
  • The Tornado held the advantage until Limestone went on a 4-0 run to take a 22-20 lead.
  • King answered with three straight points, a pair on Scaniffe kills, taking a 23-22 lead.
  • However, Limestone extended the match, scoring the final three points to take the set 25-23.
  • The fifth set belonged to King in the early going as the Tornado went on a 10-2 run to open up an 11-4 lead. Scaniffe and Thele started the spurt with kills and Beckner and Becca Huddleston ended the run with consecutive kills.
  • Limestone made a run, but Huddleston gave King a chance at match point with a kill, and it was only fitting that Scaniffe ended the match with a kill, giving King the 15-12 victory.
  • Scaniffe led King with 23 kills and 10 digs for the double-double.
  • Beckner and Lozano followed offensively with eight kills each while Roe dished out 52 assists to go along with nine digs.
  • Defensively, Amy Serowski led five players in double figures with at least digs, posting 25 digs.
  • Huddleston accounted for 18 digs, Rebekah Hill had 17 digs while Pigage and Scaniffe had 10 each.
  • Beckner led the way at the net with six blocks, two solo and Jenna Sturgeon followed with five stuffs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Kylie Moyer and Darla Svoboda led Limestone with 11 kills each while Jenna Mummert added nine kills.
  • Taylor Berg posted a match-high of 30 digs while KayCee Tessitore added 19 digs.
  • Miranda Geist and Victoria Norwood also reached double figures with 12 and 10 digs, respectively.
  • Geist added 34 assists for the double-double.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The 23 kills and 10 digs were both career-highs for Scaniffe who hit .259 in the contest. Her previous career-high was 15 kills, set on Tuesday night.
  • Roe also set a career-high with 52 assists, marking the first time she eclipsed the 50-assist plateau.
  • Along with Scaniffe, Huddleston and Hill both set career-highs in digs.
  • The Tornado posted 100 digs, marking the first time since 2014-15 they have accomplished that feat. King had a 103 digs in a five set match against Flagler College on September 12 and the next day had 105 digs in a four set match against Lander University.
  • King posted 11.0 blocks in the match, their most since November 8, 2014 when they had 14.0 blocks against Erskine College.

UP NEXT

  • King will be in action again on Saturday when take on Converse College at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • Limestone travels to Lees-McRae College on Saturday.



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