Women's Volleyball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS

NGU defense stymies Tornado offense

Photo credit: Camryn Haag
Photo credit: Camryn Haag

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's volleyball team got off to a slow start again on Saturday afternoon against North Greenville University. It appeared the Tornado righted the ship in the second set, but as they did all day, the Crusaders did a good job of closing sets as they came back to take the set and win the match 3-0.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: North Greenville 3, King 0 (25-21, 29-27, 25-21)
LOCATION: Parks Field; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: 13-9, 5-4 Conference Carolinas; North Greenville 15-11, 7-5 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

  • North Greenville jumped ahead in the early going and held a 4-1 lead before the Tornado came back to even the set.
  • The set was tight throughout until the Crusaders used a 6-1 run to gain a 17-15 advantage.
  • North Greenville later broke a 17-17 tie with three straight points and opened up a 23-18 advantage.
  • Abby Anderson pulled King back within 23-21, but it wasn't enough as the Crusaders took the set 25-21.

Second Set

  • Rebekah Hill started the second set with consecutive kills and Tristyn Lozano gave King a 5-0 lead with an ace as it looked like the Tornado offense found their rhythm.
  • The Tornado lead grew to 18-10 following a Julie Ward kill before the Crusaders started to work their way back.
  • North Greenville scored six straight points to take a 23-22 lead before a pair of Tornado points put King back on top.
  • The Crusaders answered with back-to-back points to regain the advantage and the Crusaders eventually score consecutive points to take the set 29-27.

Third Set

  • King came out and tried to gain control early as Lozano posted consecutive kills that put King ahead 8-5.
  • However, North Greenville erased their deficit with four straight points to take a 14-12 lead.
  • The Tornado came back to take a 21-19 lead following a block from Anderson and Georgia Davis, but the Crusaders then closed the set on a run.
  • North Greenville scored the final six points, taking the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Anderson posted her second straight double-double and seventh of the season with 24 assists and 12 digs.
  • Ward and Lozano led the King offense with nine kills each.
  • Ward led the King defense with 18 digs while Lozano added 14.
  • Sydney Pigage added 16 digs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Katie McManaway led North Greenville with 12 kills and 12 digs for the double-double.
  • Eaden Shockley posted a double-double with 18 assists and 13 digs.
  • Whitley Kahler registered a match-high 27 digs.

UP NEXT

  • King hosts Belmont Abbey College on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • North Greenville next hosts the University of Mount Olive on Friday night.