King sweeps past Philadelphia Biblical

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College men's volleyball team took care of Philadelphia Biblical University Tuesday with a 3-0 sweep in front of the home crowd.

The Tornado posted set scores of 25-23 in both the first and second sets before a 25-20 third-set victory clinched the match.

King improved to 7-5 on the season and will travel to Eastern Mennonite (Va.) University for a 7 p.m. match on March 24. The Tornado posted a 3-0 win over Eastern Mennonite in the season's first meeting on March 4 in Banner Elk, N.C.

Philadelphia Biblical came into the match ranked No. 8 in the AVCA NCAA Division III Coaches' Poll and the team leaves with a 20-8 record.

In the opening set King scored first and built an 8-3 lead after a Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) kill. The Tornado eventually led by eight, 14-6. Philadelphia Biblical fought towards the end, but King put the set away.

Rorer went onto lead King with 10 kills thanks to a .643 hitting percentage. The 10 kills was one behind his season high.

The second set was close with King trailing early 4-2. After the set was tied at 12 the Tornado scored the next five points thanks to errors. The visitors got within two, 23-21, but eventually the set ended after a service error by the visitors.

In the final set King scored four straight points after the lead was trimmed to 5-4. The Tornado kept at least a three-point lead from there on out and the margin grew to as many as seven, 19-12.

Stephen Brown (Lawrenceville, Ga.) provided nine kills for King, a collegiate best for the freshman.

Joel Salva (Lake Mary, Fla.) gave his Tornado teammates 31 assists, his second 30-plus assist effort in a three-set match this season. He was a dig away from his seventh double-double of 2011.

Morris Cephas (Richmond, Va.) led all players with 10 digs.

The Tornado produced 14 total blocks which included 5.5 from James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.).

Philadelphia Biblical got 19 kills from Justin Brubaker in 43 attempts. Drew Dillon was credited with 33 assists.