MISENHEIMER, N.C. - Despite a strong offensive showing by junior Kelly Lancellot, the Pfeiffer University women's volleyball team fell to King University on Tuesday night, 3-0. The loss keeps King atop the Conference Carolinas leaderboard and maintains their unbeaten conference record pushing them to 5-0 and 14-3 overall. The Lady Falcons fall to 1-3 in conference play and 3-11 on the season.
Lancellot put up a season-high .467 hitting percentage for the match, besting all players on both sides of the net with double-digit attempts. The Lady Falcons were not deterred by the first place King Tornado and came out swinging, jumping out to an early 4-3 lead in the first game. The lead however would not last long as King would go on a 6-0 run on their way to seizing game one, 25-16.
The match was largely decided by King's serving prowess. The Tornado amassed a stellar 11 service aces as a team coupled by only six serving errors, with their main contribution coming from defensive specialist Payton Tipton who provided more than half of the team's aces with six on the match. Pfeiffer struggled serving, sending 10 balls out of bounds or into the net and only dropping two aces on their opponents' side.
Games two and three went in King's favor, 25-18 and 25-17 respectively. Lady Falcon freshman Haley Denny led all players on the defensive side of the ball with almost a third of her team's digs, boasting 10 on the match.
Pfeiffer returns to action on October 4th when they travel to Mount Olive for a 7 p.m. match.