January 27, 2011

King picks up first Conference Carolinas win of 2011

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College men's volleyball team earned the first Conference Carolinas win of the season by coming from behind for a 3-2 victory over Limestone (S.C.) College Thursday.

King needed to rally after losing the opening set 25-22 and the home team did with a 25-16 decision. Limestone went back in front with a 25-22 decision in the third, but King posted wins of 25-20 and 15-10 to clinch the match.

After the match King went back over .500 with a 4-3 record as the Conference Carolinas record evened up at 1-1. Limestone has a 3-2 record overall and 0-1 in conference play.

James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) paced King with 19 kills as he hit .351 for the match. He added three solo blocks as the Tornado totaled 13 blocks in the contest.

Joel Salva (Lake Mary, Fla.) provided 43 assists along with a team-best 10 digs. He also served a match-high three aces.

Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) finished with eight kills, six digs and two solo blocks.

As a team King hit .303 (55 kills, 19 errors and 119 attempts) compared to Limestone's .194 (51 kills, 26 errors and 129 attempts).

Limestone got 16 kills from Kevin Hart with 11 by Scott Schweihofer.

King never trailed in the fifth set and after the Tornado used a Friddle kill to take a 4-3 lead King opened up a 9-4 advantage.

The fourth set saw King break a 10-10 tie with seven straight points including two aces from Alex Oliveria (Goiania, Brazil).

King answered the opening set loss by taking a 4-1 lead in the second. Limestone might have scored the opening point of the set, but when King took the lead the home squad never trailed again.

Thursday's contest was the first time King played a five-set match since March 11, 2010, as the Tornado knocked off NCAA Division I foe New Jersey Tech in head coach Ryan Booher's first match at the helm.

King will play at Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae (N.C.) College on Feb. 8 with a scheduled start of 7 p.m. The Tornado was defeated 3-2 at Lees-McRae a season ago, but King evened the score with a 3-1 win in Bristol.