Warriors Drop Conference Match to the Tornado

Photo by John Bolton Photography
Photo by John Bolton Photography

Central, S.C. - Southern Wesleyan fell in straight sets to the King Tornado in Conference Carolinas action.


The Warriors posted 32 kills in the loss on Tuesday evening. Darby Sheets led the team with her first career double-double collecting nine kills, 10 assists, and 13 digs. Amber Bass followed Sheets with 11 kills. Kali Letcher contributed 13 assists to led the team and Jesse Soles had 18 digs. Southern Wesleyan boasted 56 digs on the night and four blocks.


Match Vitals

Final: King 3, Southern Wesleyan 0

Records: Southern Wesleyan (1-12 / CC 0-3) King (6-5 / CC 2-1)


Coach Reininga Says...

"I am proud of the team's effort tonight. I am looking forward to getting a few days of practice before our next match."


How It Happened

Set One

King struck first in the contest with a kill from Julie Ward. The Warriors responded with five unanswered points from King errors and kills from Amber Bass and Olivia Johnson. King was able to regain the lead at 7-6. The Tornado kept the momentum until the Warriors slowly cut their lead and eventually tied it at 13-13 before taking a 15-13 lead with a kill from Johanna Philyaw. The Warriors improved their lead before King could tie it at 18-18. Southern Wesleyan was unable to get ahead again and despite a late kill from Darby Sheets, the Tornado won set one 25-20. 

Set Two

Again, the Tornado scored first in the second set with a response from Bass to put the Warriors on the board. King completed strings of points while holding the Warriors with minimal opportunities to strike. Back-to-back kills from Johnson cut the Tornado lead to 13-6. Errors from Southern Wesleyan prevented them from gaining any momentum in set two. King would go on to win 25-15. 

Set Three

The Warriors took a quick 6-2 lead in set three with kills from Sheets and Bass. King answered with a run of five points followed by the Warriors own run of four points to put them ahead 10-7. A strong offensive performance from King's Tristyn Lozano catapulted the Tornado back into the game, tying it at 17-17. Two late kills from Johnson threatened the Tornado's late lead, but King was able to close the set with a 25-20 victory.


What's Next

Southern Wesleyan will welcome the Emmanuel College Lions to Historic Tysinger on October 4 at 7 p.m. The Warriors will then head to Due West, S.C. on October 5 to take on the Flying Fleet at 2 p.m.