Women's Volleyball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Tornado outlast Belmont Abbey in five set thriller

Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis
Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis

BELMONT, N.C. – In what has become a rivalry in Conference Carolinas, the King University women's volleyball team outlasted Belmont Abbey College on Friday night. The Crusaders forced a fifth set after the Tornado took the second and third sets, but King scored the final three points of the fifth set to take the match 3-2.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Belmont Abbey 2 (19-25, 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 16-14)
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont N.C.
RECORDS: King 8-11, 8-3 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 13-10, 9-3 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • King held the lead in the early going in the first set, but Belmont Abbey came back to even the score at 8-8.
  • The Crusaders then went on an 8-0 run to take an 18-10 lead and eventually take the set 25-19.
  • Belmont Abbey continued that momentum early in the second set and they held a slim margin throughout the frame.
  • Trailing 20-16, Cathy Scaniffe and Becca Huddleston tried to get the Tornado offense going as King scored three straight points to pull within 20-19 and force a Crusader timeout.
  • Following a Crusader point, Huddleston recorded a pair of kills and Haley Roe added another to give King the lead.
  • Belmont Abbey evened the score at 22-22 before Huddleston registered another kill. Jenna Sturgeon followed with a block and Huddleston gave King the 25-22 victory with another kill.
  • The third set was tight throughout with neither team leading by more than two points for the majority of the frame.
  • King gained separation in the middle of the set, going on a 4-1 run to gain a 21-16 advantage.
  • The Crusaders tried to make a run, but Huddleston put away a pair of kills to give King the 25-21 victory to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
  • In the fourth set, King held an early 8-4 lead, but the Crusaders came back to even the score at 9-9 following a 5-1 run.
  • From there the set was tight and Belmont Abbey forced a King timeout as they took a 22-20 lead.
  • Out of the break, King scored a pair of points to even the frame, but the Crusaders called timeout and scored three straight points to take the set 25-22.
  • It appeared the Tornado would cruise to the fifth set win as they opened up a 6-0 lead following a kill from Scaniffe.
  • However, the Crusaders didn't go give up, as they gradually came back and trialed 11-10 before King scored a pair of points.
  • Sturgeon and Scaniffe came up with a block to give King a 13-10, but Belmont Abbey then went on a run.
  • The Crusaders scored four straight points to take a 14-13 lead and have a chance at match point.
  • However, King answered with a pair of points to have a chance at match point, and Ashton Beckner gave it to the Tornado with a solo block. The block gave King the 16-14 victory and match 3-2.
  • Huddleston and Scaniffe led King with 18 kills each with Huddleston hitting .277 in the match.
  • Huddleston added 13 digs for the double-double.
  • Beckner chipped in with nine kills and added six blocks, five solo.
  • Roe also posted a double-double, handing out 45 assists and 13 digs.
  • Amy Serowski posted 28 digs, coming within one of her career-high and Sydney Pigage added 17 digs, helping lead the defense.

FOR THE FOES

  • Aimee Cloninger led Belmont Abbey with 15 kills and 13 digs while Alexandra Henriott followed with 14 kills and 12 digs.
  • Mackenzie Chrapliwy posted 12 kills and 21 digs while Sarah Kenney led the defense with 24 digs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Prior to Friday night, the Tornado had lost six straight matches at Belmont Abbey and were 1-6 on the road against the Crusaders. King's last win in Belmont came in 2011 during the first year of NCAA Division II membership for the Tornado.
  • The 18 kills for Huddleston set a career-best and the double-double was her eighth of the season. Her previous career-high was 14, set three times.
  • Pigage also set a career-high with 17 digs, best her previous high of 16.
  • The double-double for Roe gives her 10 on the season and five straight. She also has double-doubles in eight of the last nine matches.

UP NEXT

  • King stays on the road to face Pfeiffer University on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Tornado then face Georgia College at 4:00 p.m. in Misenheimer, N.C.
  • Belmont Abbey hosts Lees-McRae College and Augusta University on Saturday.
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