BRISTOL, Tenn. – For the first time in program history, the King University men's volleyball team squared off against the top team in the country, on Tuesday night at was the University of Hawai'i. In front of a sellout crowd, the Tornado hung with the Rainbow Warriors early, but Hawai'i pulled away late in each set to take the 3-0 victory.
FINAL SCORE: #1 Hawai'i 3, King 0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-15)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-4; Hawai'i 9-0
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Hawai'i scored the first three points of the match, King came back with three straight points as one of five Sean Kohlhase kills in the set evened the score.
- The teams traded blows until the Rainbow Warriors gained separation at 14-10 following a quick 3-0 spurt.
- The Tornado tried to come back late on a Joshua Kim kill and Ryan Sumarsono ace, but Hawai'i came away with the 25-19 victory.
- The Hawai'i offense heated up in the second set, hitting .429 in the frame.
- Again, the Tornado dug out of an early hole as they trailed 4-1, but came back and evened the score at 10 following one of Suetonius Harris' two kills in the set.
- However, the Rainbow Warriors responded by scoring five of the next six points and later took a 19-14 lead that forced a King timeout.
- King came back and pulled within 20-17, but couldn't get any closer as the Rainbow Warriors took the set 25-19.
- Hawai'i looked to put the match away in the third set, racing out to a 15-5 lead.
- King tried to fight back, but couldn't get closer than six points as the Rainbow Warriors took the set 25-15 and the match 3-0.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Kim led the Tornado with 11 kills and four digs.
- Kohlhase followed with seven kills and a team-high five digs.
- Harris added seven kills while Julian Young posted four blocks.
FOR THE FOES
- Colton Cowell led Hawai'i with 10 kills and hit .444 in the match.
- Chaze Galloway and Rado Parapunov followed with seven kills each. Galloway accounted for a team-high seven digs while Parapunov added six digs.
- King stays at home to take on Saint Francis University (Pa.) on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
- Hawai'i takes on Queens University on February 6.