Tornado Turn Down Fleet in Three
DUE WEST, S.C. – The King University men's volleyball team played the first of its two road contests in as many days at Erskine College, defeating the Flying Fleet in straight sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-23). Michael Koebel led the Tornado with eight kills while bench play by Justin Crane and Matt Harper helped close out three close sets in row in their second straight conference win.
King's net play helped them to victory for the second straight night, tallying seven team blocks on 14 blocks assists compared to Erskine's 2.5 blocks on five block assists. Freshman middle blocker Matthew Lychock (Las Vegas, Nevada) led the Tornado with four block assists while four others registered two, each.
Erskine struggled at the service line by registering 17 service errors on the night. King limited its mistakes at the line, tallying only nine service errors while putting together four aces. Two of those aces came from sophomore Justin Crane (Richmond, Va.), who came off the bench in a clutch situation to turn the tide of the first set win.
Sophomore Matthew Harper (Matoaca, Va.) had a second solid game off of the bench, hitting 50 percent on 4-of-8 attack attempts. He also had a service aces and two block assists.
Senior Ashton Hippenstiel (Yucaipa, Calif.) recorded 23 of King's 25 assists while libero Ned Parker led the team with four digs. Stephen Brown (Lawrenceville, Ga.) added four kills (.500) in two games played.
King (3-4, 2-3 Conference Carolinas) had now won back-to-back games heading into Gaffney, S.C. where they will play Limestone College (2-1, 2-1 CC) in its second match in as many days. First service will be at 2 p.m. Live stats will be available for Saturday's match.