BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team opened conference tournament play Tuesday night when they hosted Lees-McRae College in a quarterfinal matchup. The number one seeded Tornado came out red-hot and dominated the match from start to finish. King defeated Lees-McRae in straight sets to advance to the conference tournament semifinals for the second time in program history.
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Lees-McRae 0
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 21-5; Lees-McRae 4-22
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Tornado took an early 9-6 lead over the Bobcats in the opening set following a Nick Drooker kill.
- King used a huge 11-3 run midway through the set to take a 19-9 lead over Lees-McRae.
- A kill by Jeff Sprayberry would cap off the set for the Tornado as King took a 25-12 first set victory over the visitors. Sean Luhmann led the Tornado with three first set kills.
- King jumped out to a quick 12-5 lead in second set following a Sprayberry kill.
- Back-to-back services aces by Dalton Johnson would extend the Tornado lead to 16-7 in the second set.
- Luhmann capped off the second set for the Tornado with a huge kill. King took the set 25-12 over Lees-McRae and a 2-0 lead in the match. Sprayberry recorded four kills during the set for King.
- Kiel Bell recorded back-to-back services aces early in the third set to give the Tornado a 12-5 lead.
- Lees-McRae cut the King lead to 14-11 midway through the set, however, a kill by Sprayberry gave the momentum back to the Tornado as they rattled off a 7-1 run to take a 22-12 lead over the Bobcats. The run for King was capped off by three straight service aces by Sprayberry.
- The Tornado would go on to take the third set 25-15 and ultimately the match 3-0 over Lees-McRae.
- Sprayberry led the Tornado with nine kills, four digs, and five service aces.
- Bell recorded six kills and six digs while Johnson added four kills and six blocks for King.
- Drooker dished out 25 assists, recorded four digs and three blocks.
FOR THE FOES
- Spencer Graf led the way for the Bobcats with seven kills and five digs.
- Chris Woolslayer recorded five kills and four digs for Lees-McRae.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- With the win, King recorded their second Conference Carolinas tournament victory in program history. The first came last season when the Tornado defeated North Greenville 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
- The Tornado recorded a season-high 13 services aces in the win over Lees-McRae tonight.
- King will host the conference tournament final four for the first time ever in program history this Friday.
- King will host the final four of the Conference Carolinas tournament this Friday and Saturday in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado will square off with Belmont Abbey College Friday night.