Team effort leads King to sweep of Lees-McRae

Photo credit: Camryn Haag
Photo credit: Camryn Haag

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball earned another Conference Carolinas win on Wednesday night in the Student Center Complex. The Tornado used a balanced attack to take the 3-0 victory over Lees-McRae College.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Lees-McRae 0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-19)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 9-5, 7-2 Conference Carolinas; Lees-McRae 1-12, 0-10 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

  • Back-to-back kills from Suetonius Harris and Joshua Kim got King off to a 6-2 lead and forced a Bobcat timeout.
  • Lees-McRae came back to get within 13-10, but Julian Young started a 5-0 Tornado spurt with a kill.
  • King then scored the last three points of the set, capped by a block from Chandler Christy and Young, giving King the 25-15 victory.

Second Set

  • King gained separation in the second set with a 3-0 run where Kim had a pair of service aces that gave the Tornado a 7-4 lead.
  • Sean Kohlhase capped a 7-2 with a pair of kills that gave the Tornado a 14-8 advantage.
  • The Tornado then scored seven of the final nine points, the last on a block from Christy and Douglas Florencio that gave King the 25-14 victory.

Third Set

  • The Tornado opened the fourth set with a 4-1 spurt, and followed that with another 4-1 run to take an 8-3 advantage following a Young ace.
  • King opened up an 18-10 lead following an Aaron Milstead kill that ended a 5-0 Tornado run.
  • Diego Marcano kill ended a 6-1 Lees-McRae run that pulled the Bobcats within 21-17.
  • JT Deppe then ended the 25-19 and 3-0 victory for the Tornado with his lone kill of the match.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Kohlhase led King with seven kills and four blocks.
  • The trio of Harris, Dalton Johnson and Marcano all followed with five kills.
  • Harris posted six digs while Young added five blocks.
  • Christy handed out 23 assists.

FOR THE FOES

  • Drew Sims led Lees-McRae with nine kills while Nick Cookingham posted 25 assists and six digs.
  • Chris Woolslayer posted eight digs.

UP NEXT

  • King hosts Queens University on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • Lees-McRae hosts Lincoln Memorial University on March 9.