Men's Volleyball

2 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Tornado come back to defeat LMU

Photo credit: Amari McFadden
Photo credit: Amari McFadden

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team returned home for the first time in nearly a month and earned a tight victory over Lincoln Memorial University. The Tornado fought back to win the second and third sets from pulling out the 3-2 victory with a 15-13 fifth set win.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Lincoln Memorial 2 (19-25, 27-25, 27-25, 20-25, 15-13)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 5-4; Lincoln Memorial 5-4

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

  • Lincoln Memorial jumped out to a 6-3 lead, but King answered with a 5-2 run, evening the set at eight.
  • The Railsplitters gained separation with a 5-1 run to take a 16-12 advantage.
  • A block from Jon Wheaton and JT Deppe pulled King within 18-16, but that was as close as the Tornado would get as Lincoln Memorial took the set 25-19.

Second Set

  • Julian Young gave King an early 4-0 lead in the second set with a kill.
  • Lincoln Memorial gained a 15-13 lead with four straight points before King counted with four straight points of their own.
  • The Tornado held off two Railsplitter set points before scoring three straight points.
  • That spurt was capped by a block from Wheaton and Deppe, giving King the 27-25 victory.

Third Set

  • The Tornado again got off to a hot start, opening up a 5-1 lead following a block from Dalton Johnson and Suetonius Harris.
  • Lincoln Memorial countered and evened the set at seven before the teams went back-and-forth.
  • The Railsplitters gained some separation with a 3-0 that gave them a 22-20 lead.
  • An ace from Johnson brought King back, evening the score at 23.
  • Kills from Sean Kohlahse and Young staved off a pair of Railsplitter set points before back-to-back aces from Kohlhase gave King the set 27-25.

Fourth Set

  • King scored seven of the first 10 points in the fourth set before the Railsplitters went on a 6-2 run that evened the set at nine.
  • Lincoln Memorial scored three straight points to gain a lead, and following a pair of King points, the Railsplitters scored five consecutive points to take a 20-16 lead.
  • The Tornado couldn't come back as Lincoln Memorial took the set 25-20.

Fifth Set

  • A block from Wheaton and Young put the Tornado ahead 3-0 in the decisive set.
  • Wheaton got the Tornado offense going with a kill that broke a 7-7 tie.
  • King added three points, taking an 11-7 lead.
  • However, the Railsplitters came back and evened the score at 13 with a 3-0 spurt.
  • Harris gave King the lead with a kill and a Railsplitter miscue gave King the 15-13 victory and the match 3-2.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Kohlhase led King with 19 kills.
  • Harris followed with 13 kills and 10 digs for the double-double.
  • Deppe handed out 49 assists and added five digs.
  • Johnson posted seven kills and three blocks.
  • Leo de Quadros led the defense with 13 digs while Wheaton posted four blocks.

FOR THE FOES

  • Evan Cory led Lincoln Memorial with 26 kills and nine digs.
  • Johansen Negron followed with 18 kills and six digs while Danny Hermida posted 13 kills and 11 digs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Harris set a career-high with 10 digs and posted his first career double-double.

UP NEXT

  • King is in action again on Tuesday when they host North Greenville University at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • Lincoln Memorial hosts Coker College on Friday night.