BRISTOL, Tenn. – Mason Casner and Eddie Moushikhian led the Tornado offensively with six kills each in the team's three-set win over the Rust College Bearcats on Friday night. King earned their first win of the season to even their overall record at 1-1 leading into Saturday morning's doubleheader at the Student Center Complex.
Junior Stephen Brown (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led the Tornado's breakaway in the first set that included a pair of services aces from the line. Brown took the Tornado from a one-point lead to a five-point advantage, 13-8, before turning the ball back over the Bearcats. King's lead never dipped below four points for the duration of the set after freshman Eddie Moushikhian (Alpharetta, Ga.) recorded a kill that sparked his own rally from the service line to build a seven-point lead. Rust committed eight attack errors down the stretch to help King to a 25-15 opening set victory. Freshman Matthew Lychock (Las Vegas, Nev.) and senior Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) paired up for two big blocks at the net to aid in taking the opening frame.
King (1-1) ran out to a 9-3 run early in the second set and kept the momentum going as Rust's hitting woes continued. Brown added two more services aces from the line to help build a nine-point lead, 17-8, at one point. Rust committed 10 attack errors before Brown sealed the second set with his third kill of the frame. With the 25-19 win, the Tornado took a two-set lead in the match before running away with the third.
Mason Casner (Culpepper, Va.) came off of the bench and recorded five kills to pace the Tornado in their 25-13 victory in the third set. King hit at a .476 success rate as a team and had three players hit .500 or better in the final frame. After recording three kills in the first set, Moushikhian put together three more in the third on four tries (.750).
Edward Peter led the Bearcats with five kills while Gino Pierre and Shamal James both had four. Razeem Huggins led the team with 3.5 total blocks, including three solo.
Junior Jeff Bosslett (St. Louis, Mo.) had 13 assists for the Tornado after entering the game for injured setter Ashton Hippenstiel.
Mason Casner led the team in hitting percentage, finishing the night .857 while Moushikhian hit .556 (6-of-9, 1 error). Stephen Brown closed in with five kills and led the team with five digs.
The Tornado dominated the net with 7.0 team blocks behind 12 block assists and a solo block. Five players had two block assists, each.
The Tornado have a quick turnaround when they begin a doubleheader tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. in the Student Center. King will host newcomer to Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Belmont Abbey and close the day out with Division I Quincy University.