Tornado swept by St. Francis to open weekend

Photo taken by Rachel Burrus

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off a 2-2 weekend to open the season, the King University men's volleyball team dropped its first of two matches this weekend to visiting Saint Francis (Pa.) University 3-0.

The Red Flash (2-1) were consistent throughout the match, serving seven aces and hitting .305 as a team. Coming into tonight's match, St. Francis led the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in attack percentage, hitting at a .340 clip against competition that included Ball State and No. 14 IPFW.

The match featured just six ties and no lead changes, as the Red Flash cruised to victories of 25-16, 25-19, and 25-19 in the three-set victory. King (2-3) made one serious threat, using an 8-1 run midway through the second set to slash the Red Flash's lead from 16-8 to 17-16. The Tornado threat was spearheaded by two kills from Nick Serowski and a block and a kill from Mason Casner. But King could draw no closer, as St. Francis scored four straight points and went on to take the set 25-19.

King was overwhelmed by the Red Flash attack in the first set, as the visitors hit .440 on the attack and had two service aces of their seven total service aces, setting the tone for the match and sapping momentum from the Tornado.

King hit .084 as a team and did not record a service ace. The Tornado were led by eight kills from Serowski, also tops on the team with seven digs, and seven kills by Eddie Moushikhian. Jeff Bosslet had 23 assists.

The Tornado return to action on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The Tornado will look to improve upon their 1-1 record in conference play against visiting Pfeiffer University, champions of the 2013 Conference Carolinas Tournament and second-ranked team in the conference preseason poll.