King falls at Erskine in regular season finale

Photo: Danielle Stauffer
Photo: Danielle Stauffer

DUE WEST, S.C. – The King University women's volleyball team had a chance to host a Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Championship quarterfinal with a win in the regular season finale on Saturday. However, the Tornado had to square off with defending league champion Erskine College, and the Fly Fleet took the 3-0 victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Erskine 3, King 0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-16)
LOCATION: Belk Arena, Due West, S.C.
RECORDS: King 12-14, 11-5 Conference Carolinas; Erskine 17-9, 14-2 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Erskine started on a roll in the first set, opening up a 7-1 lead in the early going.
  • Every time the Tornado tried to get a comeback going, Erskine had an answer as they took the set 25-21.
  • The Flying Fleet jumped ahead early in the second set, scoring four of the first five points.
  • The lead swelled to 16-7 before King tried to work their way back. The Tornado scored a few points, but it wasn't enough as the Flying Fleet took the set 25-17.
  • King took a 6-5 lead following a 4-0 run in the third set, but the Flying Fleet answered to regain the lead.
  • The Flying Fleet held a slight advantage throughout the set before closing the set on an 8-1, taking the set 25-16 and the match 3-0.
  • Jenna Sturgeon led the way for King with eight kills and hit .429.
  • Ashton Beckner chipped in with six kills.
  • Haley Roe handed out 28 assists to go along with eight digs.
  • On the defensive side, Sydney Pigage led the way with 13 digs and Amy Serowski added 11 digs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Payton Duncan recorded 13 kills and Marissa Mayfield followed with 10 kills.
  • Kristen Dodge posted a double-double with 35 assists and 12 digs.
  • Kendall Kirk posted a match-high 23 digs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • King finished third in the north division and with a league mark of 11-5.

UP NEXT

  • King will travel to south division second seed Southern Wesleyan University in the quarterfinals of the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Championship. First serve from Central, S.C. is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
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