FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – In the final week of the regular season, the King University women's volleyball team knew they need a pair of wins and some help to host a Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball championship match next week. The Tornado started the weekend with a 3-2 win at Emmanuel College on Friday night behind a career night from Ashton Beckner.
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Emmanuel 2 (24-26, 25-19, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11)
LOCATION: Franklin Springs, Ga.
RECORDS: King 12-13, 11-4 Conference Carolinas; Emmanuel 9-15, 6-9 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The match went back-an-forth all night, starting with the first set going to Emmanuel 26-24.
- King responded behind Beckner to even the match, taking the second set 25-19.
- The third set went back to Emmanuel 25-22 before King came back once again.
- The Tornado forced a fifth set as they won the fourth 25-21.
- In the fifth set, the Tornado jumped out to a lead and took the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.
- Beckner led King with 17 kills and hit .457 in the match, making one error on 35 attempts. She added five blocks, two solo to help the Tornado defense.
- Jenna Sturgeon followed with 12 kills from the middle and hit .462 with zero errors on 26 attempts.
- Haley Roe dished out 42 assists to go along with eight digs.
- On the defensive side, Amy Serowski led the way with 21 digs. Becca Huddleston followed with 15 and Sydney Pigage chipped in with 11.
FOR THE FOES
- Erica Burnham led the way for the Lions with 20 kills and 19 digs.
- Julie de Blanck followed with 16 kills and Jessica Gray added 13.
- Brittany Scarbrough handed 53 assists.
- Bethan Winston led the defense with 23 digs and Kodi Patterson chipped in with 14.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The 17 kills for Beckner sets a career-high, besting her previous mark of 15, a mark she reached twice earlier this season.
- Beckner has also hit over .400 with at least 10 kills in each of the last four matches.
- Sturgeon matched a career-high with 12 kills and set a career-best with an attack percentage of .462.
- King travels to take on Conference Carolinas defending champion and south division leader Erskine College on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
- Emmanuel takes on Lees-McRae on Saturday afternoon.