BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's volleyball team finished third in the Conference Carolinas North Division and advanced to the semifinals of the conference championships with a win on Tuesday night. Prior to the semifinals getting underway, five Tornado were recognized when the league handed out their all-conference awards. Becca Huddleston and Cathy Scaniffe led the way as Huddleston garnered Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year accolades and Scaniffe was selected first team all-conference.
Huddleston has had a stellar rookie campaign for the Tornado, earning Conference Carolinas Freshman of the Year and third team all-conference accolades. She played great on both sides of the court, ranking 14th in the league with an average of 2.57 kills per set and 13th with an average of 3.05 digs per set. In total she has accumulated 242 kills and 287 digs, ranking 15th and 12th in the league, respectively. The Lewisville, Texas native ranks second among Tornado with 12 doubles and has registered at least 20 digs in a match three times, including a career-best 24 against Barton. Her career-best of 19 kills came against Georgia College.
Scaniffe earns first team all-conference honors for the first time as she leads the Tornado offense in kills and kills per set. She has accounted for 323 kills and has an average of 3.36 kills per set, ranking fourth and third in the league, respectively. A native of Lorton, Va., Scaniffe has posted career-highs in kills and digs this season along with a pair of double-doubles. Her first double-double came in a 3-2 win over Limestone College where she posted career-highs of 23 kills and 10 digs. She later broke that mark with 25 kills against Lees-McRae College when she hit .308 in the match. Her second double-double came at Barton when she posted 13 kills to go along with a career-best 11 digs.
Middle blocker Ashton Beckner and setter Haley Roe both garnered second team all-conference accolades, the first for each. Beckner has been a force in the middle for the Tornado the last two weeks of the season, accounting for at least 10 kills and hitting over .400 in five-of-six matches. On the season, the Kingsport, Tenn., native ranks eighth in the league with an attack percentage of .255. She has accounted for 238 kills for an average of 2.38 per set. At the net she ranks fourth in the conference with 55 block assists and eight with 68 total blocks. Her average of 0.68 blocks per set ranks 11th in Conference Carolinas. She set a career-high with 17 kills and hit .457 in a 3-2 win over Emmanuel College last weekend. She then set a career-best with an attack percentage of .647 with 12 kills in the 3-0 quarterfinal win at Southern Wesleyan University on Tuesday.
Roe, a native of Bluff City, Tenn. leads the Tornado with 13 double-doubles on the season. She ranks fourth in the league with both 977 assists and an average of 9.97 helpers per set. On the defensive side she ranks third on the team with 249 digs and averages of 2.54 digs per set. Roe has handed out at least 40 assists in 14 matches this season, including three with at least 50 helpers. She set a career-best with 52 assists in a 3-2 win over Limestone and matched it in a 3-1 win over North Greenville. Roe then bettered that mark with 53 helpers against Barton. Her career-best of 18 digs came against Southern Wesleyan. From September 27-October 28, Roe posted 11 double-doubles in 13 matches, including a streak of five straight double-doubles.
Along with Huddleston earning third team recognition, libero Amy Serowski also garnered third team accolades for the second straight season. The Moore, Okla., native has anchored the Tornado defense all season, ranking fifth in the league with 426 digs and sixth with an average of 4.14 digs per set. Serowski has also been one of King's most potent servers, ranking 11th in the league with 35 service aces. She has reached double figures in digs in all but four matches this season, and has eclipsed the 20-dig plateau six times. Her season best of 28 digs came in a 3-2 win at Belmont Abbey College, coming within one of her career-best. She also had a streak of three straight matches with at least 20 digs from October 28-November 4.
The Tornado are the third seed in the north division and will take on north division top seed and tournament host Barton College on Saturday in the Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Championship semifinals. First serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.