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