BANNER ELK, N.C. – After dropping a three set match against Belmont Abbey College, the King University men's volleyball team came out with a little firepower against Conference Carolinas opponent Lees-McRae College looking for a school record 14th win. After taking set one, the Tornado cruised to a three set win behind the strong play of Stephen Brown and Eddie Moushikhian.
King (14-11, 10-7) was quick to get on the board, opening the scoring up with the first two points of kills from Matthew Lychock and Brown, both assisted by Nick Drooker. Lees-McRae came right back with four straight points and the Tornado followed with three capped off by a Sean Luhmann kill. The Bobcats got within one at 11-10 and tied the game up at 11 off a Brady Markle kill. King retaliated with three straight points, two coming off Bobcat attack errors. Moushikhian gave the Tornado a three point advantage at 20-17 and the Tornado held that lead till Lees-McRae registered three consecutive points to tie the set up at 24. Back-to-back Bobcat attack errors gave King a set one win, 26-24.
Lees-McRae (3-5, 2-12) jumped out to a 4-1 lead in set two before the Tornado got on the board trailing by one at 5-4. The Bobcats then recorded three points to open their lead to 8-4. King came back strong taking the lead from Lees-McRae at 10-8, scoring six points in a row. In the run, Brown registered two kills while Drooker added a kill. The Tornado gained a four point advantage off a Moushikhian kill and their lead grew to six off a Brown kill, bringing the score to 22-16. King went on to win set two, 25-20 and looked to complete the match in set three.
The Tornado got on the board first in set three of a Brown kill. The scoring went back and forth till Lees-McRae grabbed a two point lead at 15-13 and strengthened their lead to four points at 22-18. Moushikhian and Drooker posted kills and a Nathan Veli service ace brought the Tornado back within one at 22-21 forcing a Bobcats timeout. Out of the timeout, King scored again, this time off a Lees-McRae attack error. The Tornado gained the lead at 24-23 before Lees-McRae tallied a point but a Moushikhian kill and Bobcats attack error gave the Tornado set three, 26-24 and the match, 3-0.
Leading the way for King was Brown with 11 kills followed by Luhmann and Moushikhian with eight. Moushikhian led the Tornado with 12 digs in the contest. As a team, King recorded an attack percentage of .312 while Lees-McRae hit at .190.
The Tornado will be back in action on Monday, April 5 when they travel to Tigerville, S.C. to take on North Greenville University. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 pm.