Bristol, T.N. - Southern Wesleyan fell in straight sets to the King Tornado on Friday evening.
The Warriors had 18 kills in the loss to the Tornado. Olivia Johnson led the team with six kills and she was followed by Darby Sheets with five. Hadley Smith posted seven of the team's 18 assists. Southern Wesleyan dished out 37 digs, led by Anna Martin with seven. Johnson, Katlyn Von Ins, and Hadley Smith each contributed five digs apiece. The Warriors had four blocks.
Final: King 3, Southern Wesleyan 0
Records: Southern Wesleyan (2-17 / CC 0-8) King (8-7 / CC 2-5)
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan jumped out in the first set making a 3-0 run. King responded with two points before a ball handling error would return the ball to the Warriors. Six unanswered points would lift the Tornado ahead with a 8-4 lead. King would go on to increase their lead with kills from Kayley Holtzclaw and Julie Ward. Kills from Darby Sheets would bring the Warriors within six as they trailed 19-13. The Warriors would hold King at set point for two plays before they could seal set one with a 25-16 victory.
The Warriors scored first in the second set on a Tornado error. Olivia Johnson would earn the Warriors first point on a kill to tie it at 2-2. The Tornado reclaimed the lead with Sarah Stone adding a kill to chip away at King's 6-4 lead. Southern Wesleyan struggled to create offense as the Tornado extended their lead. Late kills from Johnson would break the Tornado's run, but King would regain the ball and win set two 25-8.
King took an early 2-0 lead in the third set with the Warriors first three points coming from Tornado errors. A kill in the middle from Danairi Malave would tie the game at 5-5. Both teams went back and forth to try and gain the momentum. The score was tied at 9-9 before the Tornado would take the first commanding lead of the set. A 5-0 run would put the Warriors behind 20-13. Johnson and Ashlyn Holford would create a spark in the Warriors offense late in set three, but the Tornado was able to capitalize on their possessions to win the set and the match in a 25-17 final score.
Southern Wesleyan will remain on the road as they face the Lees-McRae Bobcats on October 19 at 12 p.m. They will then travel to play the North Greenville Crusaders on October 23 at 7 p.m.