BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team returned to Conference Carolinas play on Friday evening when they hosted Belmont Abbey College. The Tornado swept the Crusaders in three tight sets, to match the school record for conference wins in a season with 10.
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Belmont Abbey 0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-19)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 20-2, 10-1 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 4-13, 3-9 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- King scored the first three points of the match behind kills from Adrian Besson and Eddie Moushikhian.
- The Crusaders came back to even the score at 12-12, and at that point the teams started to trade points until late in the set.
- King scored four straight points, capped by a Nick Drooker service ace to take a 22-18 lead.
- The Tornado then scored the final three points of the set as Moushikhian gave King the 25-19 win with an ace.
- King held the advantage early in the second set, opening up an 8-4 lead following a Moushikhian kill that capped a 3-0 Tornado burst.
- However, the Crusaders came back gradually and took a 15-14 lead.
- The Crusaders used a 4-0 run later in the set, turning a 22-19 Tornado lead into a 23-22 Belmont Abbey lead.
- Belmont Abbey had a chance a match point, but King scored the final three points of the set, taking the frame 26-24.
- The Tornado opened the third set with three straight points and took a 9-3 lead behind back-to-back kills from Sean Luhmann and Moushikhian.
- The Tornado opened their lead up to 15-6 following a 5-1 run, and King held their advantage there for the remainder of the third set.
- Belmont Abbey tried to make a run late, but the Tornado got a kill from Moushikhian, his sixth of the set, and a block from Besson and Drooker to take the set 25-19 and the match 3-0.
- Moushikhian led King with 13 kills while Jeff Sprayberry added nine kills.
- Luhmann chipped in with six kills, hit .750 and added a team-high nine digs.
- Drooker handed out 35 assists, had three aces and three digs.
FOR THE FOES
- Gavin Schaffer and Liam Maxwell led Belmont Abbey with eight kills apiece.
- Pierce Pliapol handed out 25 assists and David Radoszewski registered 10 digs.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King posts their first 20-win season in program history. The previous high was 15 wins in 2015.
- The Tornado also matched their most conference wins in a season with 10. In 2015, King won 10 Conference Carolinas matches.
- King hosts Quincy University on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
- Belmont Abbey takes on Quincy on Friday night.