March 22, 2013

King falls to conference-leading Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – The King University men's volleyball traveled to take on conference leading Mount Olive College on Friday night, and the Trojans defended their home court. Mount Olive took the Conference Carolinas match 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-13) behind an attacking percentage of .361.

The first set was played within a three point window until late in the frame. King (9-16, 4-9 CC) matched every point Mount Olive (21-3, 14-0 CC) scored early in the set, and Stephen Brown tied the set at for the ninth time at 13-13 with a kill. The Tornado then took a 14-13 lead on a Trojan attack error. The lead was short lived, however, as Mount Olive responded with a quick 3-0 spurt to regain the advantage. King tied the set at 16, but the Trojan offense was just getting warmed up as they rolled four straight points to take a 20-16 lead. Mount Olive then went on to take the first set 25-19.

Mount Olive didn't look back after their first set win as they used a 4-0 run to take a 9-5 advantage in the second set. The Trojans continued to extend their lead en route to the 25-15 win to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

Ashton Hippenstiel gave King an early 7-6 lead in the third set, but Mount Olive had an answer again. The Trojans scored back-to-back points to take the lead, and they held a 10-9 advantage before breaking the set open. Mount Olive used a 9-1 run to extend their lead to 19-10 before taking the set 25-13, and the match 3-0.

The Trojans hit .361 in the match while holding King to an attacking percentage of .045. Brown led the Tornado with seven kills while Hippenstiel dished out 16 assists.

King will be in action again tomorrow when the take on Barton College. First serve is scheduled for 4:00 p.m., in Wilson, N.C. For updates on King men's volleyball, and King athletics fans can follow @KingAthletics on Twitter and "like" King University Athletics on Facebook.