MISENHEIMER, N.C. – Despite a furious comeback attempt, the King University men's volleyball team was unable to come away with a road win in conference play on Wednesday night, falling to Pfeiffer University 3-1.
The Tornado (7-8, 3-4 Conference Carolinas) went down in each of the first two sets and found themselves trailing 20-17 in the third as the team tried to avoid a sweep. But the Tornado rallied for four straight points on a run fueled by a block by Matthew Lychock and Kiel Bell to claim a 21-20 advantage and seize the momentum back from the Falcons (6-7, 4-2 Conference Carolinas), who seemingly held it all match long. Despite the brief four-point rally, King took a timeout with Pfeiffer holding a match point at 24-23 in the set before a Nick Serowski kill staved off elimination. King again fought back from a one-point deficit to tie the match at 25, then Serowski and Lychock combined for two straight blocks to give King a 27-25 win in the third set.
In the fourth, the Tornado again trailed 24-23 before rallying to extend the match. Time after time, the Falcons served on match point, but King matched every play. When the match finally ended, King had staved off elimination on eight consecutive match points before succumbing to the Falcons 33-31 on a Wyatt Hamilton kill that delivered a 3-1 win in the match for Pfeiffer.
Hamilton led the Falcons with match-high 26 kills and eight errors on 48 attempts for a hitting percentage of .375. He paced four Falcons who had double-figure kills on the night. As a team, had 73 total kills compared to just 42 for King and hit .324 overall. The Falcons only had one set in which their hitting percentage fell below .350.
Serowski and Eddie Moushikhian had 13 and 11 kills, respectively, to pace the Tornado, who hit .207 as a team. Serowski chipped in an ace, five digs, and three blocks, while Moushikhian had an assist, an ace, seven digs, and a block on the night. Bell led the Tornado in assists for the first time this season with 24, while Lychock added four blocks.
The Tornado will continue a busy stretch of road matches on Thursday as the team travels to Gaffney, S.C. to take on Limestone College in a conference match. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. King will then travel to Erskine College on Friday to play a Conference Carolinas opponent on the road for the third consecutive day.