Tornado fall to #6 Pepperdine

Tornado fall to #6 Pepperdine

HONOLULU, Hawaii – For the second straight day, the King University men's volleyball team squared off with a top 10 team at the Outrigger Resorts Invitational. The Tornado fell 3-0 to sixth-ranked Pepperdine University.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: #6 Pepperdine 3, King 0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-18)
LOCATION: Stan Sheriff Center; Honolulu, Hawaii
RECORDS: King 10-7, Pepperdine 13-4

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

  • The Tornado held the advantage early in the first set, taking a 4-3 lead following kills from Sean Kohlhase, Joshua Kim and Suetonius Harris.
  • The Waves used a 4-0 run to gain separation and take a 16-12 lead.
  • However, King came back with three straight points, capped by kills from Dalton Johnson and Kohlhase.
  • King couldn't get back to even, however, as Pepperdine held their advantage to take the 25-21 victory.
  • King hit .444 in the set, but Pepperdine posted a blistering .500 with 21 kills in the opening frame.

Second Set

  • King again got off to a good start in the second set and opened up a 7-4 lead on a kill from King.
  • The Tornado later led 11-8 before the Waves went on a 7-1 run to open up a 15-12 lead.
  • Pepperdine kept the offense rolling with five consecutive points as the Waves went on to take the set 25-16.

Third Set

  • Chandler Christy gave King a 6-5 lead in the third set with one of his three kills in the match.
  • The early part of the set was tight, but Pepperdine pulled away five straight points that opened up a 17-11 advantage.
  • The Tornado couldn't come back as Pepperdine took the set 25-18 and the match 3-0.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Kohlhase led King with nine kills and hit .500.
  • Kim followed with seven kills and a .308 attack percentage.
  • Christy handed out 19 assists and Noah Melendez added four digs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Clay Carr and Kaleb Denmark led Pepperdine with 12 kills apiece.
  • Robert Mullahey handed out 37 assists to go along with five digs.
  • Ben Weinberg also posted five digs.

UP NEXT

  • King takes on 15th-ranked Ball State University on Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. (ET) to close the tournament.
  • Pepperdine takes on second-ranked University of Hawaii on Saturday night.