In one of their last home matches at the King University Student Center, Ashton Hippenstiel, Michael Koebel, and Ned Parker led the Tornado to a 3-1 win versus Cairn University. Senior night began with a tribute to the trio of seniors. After the short festivities the seniors took the court with senor night victory on their mind. Michael Koebel led the team in kills(13) for the match while accumulating 3 blocks, 3 digs, and 1 ace. Ashton Hippenstiel drove the offense leading with 43 assists, 3 digs, 4 blocks, and 1 ace. Libero Ned Parker solidified the defense with a team high 8 digs for the match. The Seniors got some help from their supporting cast as well. Sophomore Matt Harper had 13 kills to match Koebel's team high and also added 4 blocks as well. Freshman Matthew Lychock had nine kills, two blocks, and 3 service aces. Another freshman Zach Prexta added 10 kills to help the offensive effort. King as a team hit .254 and added 15.5 blocks to help ensure the victory.
The first two sets were tight affairs. The Tornado won the first set 30-28 when Michael Koebel blasted an ace to end the set. The 2nd set went to extra points as well. This time Cairn University came out on top 30-28 squaring the match at one set a piece. The 3rd set belonged to the Tornado as they jumped out early and never looked back. Aggressive serving by Matthew Harper, Matthew Lychock, and Stephen Brown took Cairn by storm. The Tornado rolled to a 25-13 victory and a 2-1 sets lead. The fourth set saw the Tornado jump out to an early lead before Cairn came back to tie the match at 20-20. King would win the next 5 of 7 points to take the match victory and give the seniors a win on senior night. Koebel, Parker, and Hippenstiel have been a huge part of the Men's Volleyball program and will remember this night for a long time to come.
King will travel to NJIT this Thursday and then will host Div. I Ball State on Saturday at 7 pm for their final home match.