Men's Volleyball

2 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

King downs Belmont Abbey 3-0

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

BELMONT, N.C. – The King University men's volleyball team traveled to Belmont Abbey College Saturday night for a Conference Carolinas matchup. The Tornado offense was clicking on all cylinders and proved to be too much for the Crusaders as they topped them in three straight sets.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Belmont Abbey 0
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 4-2, 2-0 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 1-3, 0-1 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • King jumped out to an early 4-0 lead following a Jeff Sprayberry kill from Nick Drooker.
  • The Tornado went back-and-forth throughout much of the set until a Sean Kohlhase kill from Kiel Bell gave King a 21-18 lead late in the set.
  • Bell finished off the set with a kill from Drooker to give King a 25-20 first set victory. Bell recorded five kills in the set.
  • In the second set, a Jon Wheaton kill early on tied up the set at 4-4.
  • The Tornado went on a 4-0 run midway through the set to give them a 15-8 lead over the Crusaders.
  • King used another 4-0 run later in the set to take a 23-13 lead. During the run, Belmont Abbey recorded three errors and Kohlhase chalked up a service ace.
  • The Tornado finished off the set when Adrian Besson recorded a kill from Drooker. King took the set 25-16 as well as a 2-0 lead in the match.
  • King jumped out to an 8-4 lead early in the third set following a Bell service ace.
  • The Tornado used a 7-1 run midway through the third set to take a 15-7 lead over the Crusaders. A Drooker kill capped off the run.
  • A Wheaton kill late in the set gave King a 22-14 lead. Bell followed Wheaton's kill up a kill of his own. Drooker assisting on both of them.
  • Sprayberry finished off the set with a kill to give King a 25-16 third set victory. The kill also finished off the match and gave the Tornado a 3-0 win.
  • Bell led the way with 10 kills, Sprayberry recorded nine kills.
  • Wheaton chipped in eight kills and seven kills for Besson.
  • Drooker posted 32 assists for the Tornado.

FOR THE FOES

  • Liam Maxwell led the Crusaders with 11 kills.
  • Brennan Davis posted 22 assists for Belmont Abbey.

BEYOND THE BOX

  • The Tornado have won their last three matches by a combined score of 9-0.
  • With his nine kills, Sprayberry became the all-time kills leader in program history. He currently has 966 career kills and passes Eddie Moushikhian whom held the previous record with 964 kills. 
  • Drooker has posted at least 20 assists in five of the six games this season.

UP NEXT

  • King travels to Lincoln Memorial University Tuesday night for a 7:00 pm start.
  • Belmont Abbey hosts Lees-McRae Tuesday night.
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