King falls to Barton

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

WILSON, N.C. – The King University men's volleyball team traveled to take on Barton College Saturday afternoon in a matchup of the only two teams left in Conference Carolinas with an undefeated conference record. Coming off of a long and exhausting five set match win over the University of Mount Olive last night, the Tornado not only battled a strong Barton squad, but fatigue as well and fell to the Bulldogs 3-0.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Barton 3, King 0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-20)
LOCATION: Wilson Gym; Wilson, N.C.
RECORDS: King 10-3, 7-1 Conference Carolinas; Barton 10-6, 8-0 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • In the first set, Barton used a 6-1 run to gain an 11-6 advantage on King early on. However, the Tornado countered the run with a 4-1 run of their own to bring the set to 12-10 Bulldogs.
  • Following the Tornado run, the Bulldogs used a 4-0 run to regain a solid lead over the Tornado, but just like earlier in the set, King responded with a 4-1 run again to cut the Tornado deficit to 17-14.
  • A Jon Wheaton kill from Nick Drooker later in the set brought King to within five points, 22-17. But, the Bulldogs would go on to close out the Tornado in the first set 25-18.
  • In the second set, following a Bulldog service error, King was able to tie the set up 10-10.
  • Unfortunately, midway through the set, Barton used a 10-2 run to take a 22-14 lead over the Tornado.
  • The deficit for King was too much to gain back as they fell 25-17 in the second set.
  • Barton jumped out to a 9-3 lead in the third set, however, King rallied and used a 6-2 run to cut the Tornado deficit to 11-9. Adam Krzos capped off the run with a service ace for King.
  • The Tornado countined to battle back and would eventually find themselves down only one point, 15-14, following a Jeff Sprayberry kill.
  • A Kiel Bell kill made the final set 23-20, however, Barton scored back-to-back points to take the third set 25-20 and ultimately the match 3-0.
  • Sprayberry led the Tornado with nine kills while Bell chipped in seven kills and six digs.
  • Drooker posted 22 assists for King and Wheaton recorded five kills while hitting .333 and added four blocks.
  • Ryan Delong recorded a season-high 12 digs for King.

FOR THE FOES

  • Angelos Mandilaris led the way for Barton recording 18 kills while hitting .389 on the day.
  • Aleksa Brkovic posted 13 kills and four digs for the Bulldogs.
  • Oscar Fiorentino added 33 assists and 10 digs for Barton.

UP NEXT

  • King travels to Lees-McRae College Wednesday, February 28 for a Conference Carolinas matchup that starts at 7:00 pm.
  • Barton travels to Queens University March 2.
King falls to Barton
February 24, 2018 King falls to Barton
Tornado sweep Crusaders
February 13, 2018 Tornado sweep Crusaders
Tornado tame Lions
February 3, 2018 Tornado tame Lions
King sweeps Erskine 3-0
February 2, 2018 King sweeps Erskine 3-0
King downs Belmont Abbey 3-0
January 27, 2018 King downs Belmont Abbey 3-0
Tornado too much for Bobcats
January 24, 2018 Tornado too much for Bobcats
Tornado out-battle Battlers
January 18, 2018 Tornado out-battle Battlers