King falls to high powered Ball State

BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their final home game of the season, the King University men's volleyball team took on a Ball State University team that was coming off of a win against 10th ranked Penn State. The Cardinals scored early and often in their 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-18) victory.

Ball State (12-5) scored the first three points of the first set and didn't slow up, quickly gaining a 12-4 advantage. The Cardinals opened up a 14-point margin twice before taking the opening set 25-10.

King (9-15) started the second set with a kill from Michael Koebel, but the Cardinals answered by scoring 12 of the next 15 points to take a commanding 12-4 lead. Trailing 21-12, Stephen Brown tried to spark the Tornado offense with one of his match-high 11 kills. Following a Cardinal point, King rolled off four straight points, capped by an Eddie Moushikhian service ace, which forced a Ball State timeout. Out of the timeout, the Tornado cut the deficit to 22-18, but the Cardinals scored the final three points to take the set 25-18.

After the 10 minute break between sets two and three, King came out and stayed with the Cardinals early in the third set. Brown had a pair of kills, and Mason Casner pulled the Tornado within a point before they tied the set at five apiece. However, Ball State answered with a point, and never trailed the rest of the set. The Tornado got back within one on five occasions, but could never pull even with the Cardinals. Ball State closed the set, and the match on a 13-7 run to clinch the sweep with the 25-18 third set win.

Brown led the Tornado with 11 kills while Casner followed with four. Matthew Harper and Koebel each accounted for three kills while Ashton Hippenstiel dished out 21 assists.

King will be in action again next weekend when they play at Mount Olive on Friday night at 7:00 p.m., and at Barton on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.