March 4, 2011

Tornado sweeps past Eastern Mennonite

BANNER ELK, N.C. - King College was a 3-0 winner in men's volleyball action over Eastern Mennonite (Va.) University Friday in a match played in Banner Elk, N.C.

King posted scores of 30-28, 25-8 and 25-19 to improve to 6-5 on the season. It was the sixth time the Tornado swept an opponent in 2011.

The first set saw the teams battle with King unable to put the match away up 25-24. A service error on the Tornado's first serve for the match tied things at 25. Eastern Mennonite served for the match twice, but an error eventually gave King the 30-28 win.

As competitive as the first set was, the second was not. After Eastern Mennonite made the score 3-2, King scored 19 of the next 22 points to build a 22-5 lead. The Tornado had two 6-0 runs broken up by a lone Eastern Mennonite score.

The eight points by Eastern Mennonite are the fewest scored on King this season as the Tornado had three sets with the opponent scoring nine points.

Eastern Mennonite went to 9-14 after the match.

In the final set King was up 4-1 and did not look back. The three-point margin was the closest the match would be down the stretch.

James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) led King with 12 kills while Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) added 10. Friddle's .526 hitting percentage was a season high by any King player and the 12 kills were the most in a three-set match this season.

Eric Glenn (Richmond, Va.) posted a .875 hitting percentage with seven kills in eight attempts.

Joel Salva (Lake Mary, Fla.) provided 35 assists with three total blocks including two solo.

In all King had a .446 hitting percentage, the second highest of the season for the team.

The Tornado welcomes Philadelphia Biblical for a 5 p.m. match on March 15.