Women's Volleyball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS

King sweeps LMC, earns share of CC West Division title

Photo Credit: Tyler Feaster
Photo Credit: Tyler Feaster

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University women's volleyball team clinched a share of their third Conference Carolinas West Division title with a sweep of rival Lees-McRae College on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado kept their unbeaten record in the Student Center Complex as Remi Thele paced the offense in the 3-0 win.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Lees-McRae 0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-21)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 17-8, 13-3 Conference Carolinas; Lees-McRae 12-14, 10-6 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

  • King started the match on fire, hitting .364 in their 25-11 opening set win.
  • With Victoria Gause at the service line, King rolled off eight straight points to take a 9-2 advantage.
  • Thele had two of her five kills in the set on the spurt. She then gave King the victory with a kill to end the set.

Second Set

  • King held a slight advantage early in the second set and made their move after the Bobcats pulled within 12-11.
  • Gause ignited the King offense that scored five straight points.
  • A pair of Gause aces gave King the 17-11 lead and capped the run.
  • Thele then gave King the 25-20 victory with her third kill of the set.

Third Set

  • Lees-McRae held the advantage early in the third set as King used three straight points to take a 14-12 lead.
  • A kill from Tristyn Lozano gave King a 16-13 lead and forced a Lees-McRae timeout before at Thele kill put the Tornado ahead 19-14 and forced the second Bobcat timeout of the set.
  • Later, Thele gave King a chance at match point and Emma Carico gave the Tornado the 25-21 victory for the sweep.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Thele led King with 12 kills and hit .417 in the match.
  • Kayley Holtzclaw followed with seven kills and hit .636. She added five blocks, including two solo.
  • Keri Ricker handed out 27 assists and added 12 digs.
  • Lozano also posted 12 digs and added five kills.
  • Sydney Pigage followed with 11 digs and Cathy Scaniffe posted 10 digs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Caitlyn Smirne led Lees-McRae with eight kills and 10 digs.
  • Lex Zangari and Abby Wordsworth posted six kills each.
  • Megan Gallion handed out 13 assists while Kaitlyn Arentz and Mahealani Chun posted 10 digs each.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The win gives King a share of the Conference Carolinas West Division title. The Tornado will be the top seed in the west in the upcoming Conference Carolinas Women's Volleyball Championship.
  • King last won the Conference Carolinas North Division title in 2014 and 2015 while winning the regular season league title in 2013.
  • The double-double of Ricker is her 12th of the season.

UP NEXT

  • Both teams will be in action on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in a Conference Carolinas Tournament quarterfinal match.
  • The Tornado will be at home in the Student Center Complex while the Bobcats will be on the road.
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