Tornado Downed by Saints, 3-0

Photo Credit; Arlyn Kimbrough
Michael Koebel led the Tornado men's volleyball team with nine kills in the team's 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-20) loss to Limestone, Saturday afternoon.

GAFFNEY, S.C. – In King's second road game in as many days, the Tornado fell to the Limestone Saints in straight sets to fall to 3-5 (2-4 CC) on the year. Senior outside hitter Michael Koebel led King with nine kills while freshman Matthew Harper led the team in blocks with four assists.

King overcame a three-point deficit at 16-13 behind the combination of Stephen Brown, Matthew Lychock, and Matthew Harper to trail by a single point late in the set. While keeping pace with the Saints, the hosts broke away with a second three-point swing that proved unrecoverable. Scott Warren and Andrew Miller helped create a four-point gap, 23-19, before Warren scored the winning point as a result of a blocking error by King.

The Tornado started the second set strongly with an 8-1 lead that began with Zach Prexta (LOCATION) at the service line. During the run, Matthew Harper put together a pair of block assists. Prexta had one service ace and a kill to support the run. However, the Saints cut into King's lead with three of the next four points scored by Scott Warren, Limestone's leading attacker. Down three points, 13-10, Limestone rallied to score nine of the next 10 points to take an 18-14 lead. The Saints increased their lead to as many as six before Sean Davis scored the final point in a nine-point set victory, 25-18.

Both teams went back and forth in the third set, scrumming all the way to a 16-16 tie before a pair of King errors allowed the Saints to jump out to an 18-16 lead. Eight of the final 10 Limestone points came by way of a King error before the Saints found themselves clinching the set and the match, 25-20.  

The loss drops the Tornado to 3-5 overall and to a 2-4 Conference Carolinas ledger. They host Coker College on Feb. 1 inside the Student Center Complex at 7 p.m.