GAFFNEY, S.C. – In the second of three straight road matches in conference play on consecutive nights, the King University men's volleyball team fell 3-0 to Limestone College after a four-set loss at Pfeiffer University the previous night.
The Tornado (7-9, 3-5 Conference Carolinas) attack was stymied by Limestone's (9-7, 5-4 Conference Carolinas) defense all night, which held King to a -.318 attack percentage in the third set and a .064 mark for the match. Nick Serowski led the Tornado with 10 kills in 27 attempts, with Eddie Moushikhian just behind with nine kills on 22 attempts. Serowski also contributed three blocks.
Kiel Bell, playing in the primary setter position for just the second time this season, had 21 assists to lead the team. Jeremy Funk had a match-high eight digs, while libero Chandler Wellmann had seven. Chris Gerber led the team with a match-high four blocks.
Limestone, in contrast, hit .316 for the match and had 37 kills as a team. The Saints were led by Eric Zaun, who had 15 kills on 26 attempts for an attack percentage of .462. Zaun was part of a trio of Saints, joined by Curtin Van Grinsven and Joel Muhlbach, who hit above .460 on the evening, all with at least eight attempts. Van Grinsven also had four blocks.
The first set was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team able to open up a large run or capitalize on their opponents' errors. Limestone scored three straight points to take a 20-16 lead late in the set on a pair of quick attacks. Chandler Wellman's diving attempt at a dig off a redirected attack sailed just over the net and became a Zaun kill to give Limestone a 18-16 lead, then Muhlbach stretched the Saints' lead to four points on a similar play moments later to key Limestone's 25-20 win.
The second set featured nine ties and five lead changes and included a King rally late in the set. With Limestone leading 20-16, a Saints' service error keyed a 6-2 Tornado run that ended with a Serowski kill, the third straight King termination, to tie the match at 23. The Saints, however, got a block from Andrew Miller to reach set point, and took the second-set victory 25-23 on a Tornado attack error. Limestone then used its momentum to jump out to a 7-0 lead and was able to coast to a 25-17 win to earn the sweep.
The Tornado will return to action tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 p.m. against Erskine College, its third Conference Carolinas match in as many days. King will then travel to Indiana to face off with IPFW and Ball State on March 7 and 8.