Men's Volleyball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Tornado take out Coker in five

Photo credit: Tessa Klingensmith
Photo credit: Tessa Klingensmith

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The King University men's volleyball team start their spring break with by outlasting Coker College in a five set nonconference match. The Tornado took the first two sets before the Cobras bounced back to force a fifth set, which King won 15-12 to take the match.

Jeff Sprayberry and Stephen Brown started the day with back-to-back kills to put King (8-6) ahead. Later in the set, the Tornado rolled off four straight points, opening up a 13-5 lead. Sprayberry then gave King an 18-10 advantage before Coker (4-14) scored four straight points, cutting their deficit in half. The Cobras came back and got within three points four times down the stretch, but King had an answer every time as they took the set 25-20.

King trailed for the first time in the match at the beginning of the second set, but the Tornado scored five straight points to regain the advantage. Eddie Moushikhian and Brown both registered kills on the spurt for the Tornado. King held a 12-8 lead when the scored six straight points to open up an 18-8 advantage. Again Coker made it close down the stretch, but Nick Drooker gave King the 25-20 win with one of his three kills in the match.

The Cobras jumped ahead 6-1 in the third set, and King tried to comeback the entire set, but they couldn't complete the comeback. The Tornado scored four-of-five points to pull within 23-22, but the Cobras scored the final two points, extending the match with the 25-22 victory. The fourth set went back-and-forth, but the Cobras had the upper hand the entire way. The reached their largest lead at 20-15 before King went on a 8-4 run to get within 24-23, but Coker scored the final point to take the set 25-23.

Nick Serowski and Moushikhian put King ahead in the fifth set with back-to-back kills to start the frame before Coker rolled off three straight points. However, the Tornado responded, grabbing a 6-4 lead, which they never relinquished. Moushikhian put away his 16th kill of the match to give King a chance at match point, and Matthew Lychock gave the Tornado the 15-12 victory with his fourth kill of the match.

Moushikhian led King with those 16 kills to go along with a 10 digs for the double-double. Spraberry and Brown followed with 10 kills apiece with Brown accounting for seven digs. Serowski chipped in with nine kills while Drooker dished out 49 assists.

King returns to Conference Carolinas action on Thursday when they travel to Erskine College. First serve from Due West, S.C. is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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