January 23, 2011

King Men's Volleyball splits Sunday matches at Wrublewski

CINCINNATI, Ohio - The King College men's volleyball team wrapped up the Wrublewski Invitational Sunday with a win and loss with matching 3-1 scores. The Tornado was defeated by Missouri Valley College and then ended the event by beating Siena Heights (Mich.) University.

King jumped in front in the Missouri Valley contest with a 26-24 win, but Missouri Valley won the next three 25-19, 26-24 and 25-23. In the finale the Tornado once again won the opener 25-20. Siena Heights evened the score after a 25-23 decision, but King closed out the match with back-to-back 25-18 decisions.

Joel Salva (Lake Mary, Fla.) had 46 assists, 3.5 blocks and an ace in the Missouri Valley match. He followed that up with 35 assists, 14 digs and two blocks against Siena Heights.

James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) provided a team-high 14 kills in the opener. He also had nine digs in the contest.

Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) provided 23 kills in the two matches, 13 against Missouri Valley to go with seven digs. He added three digs and a block with the 10 kills in the Siena Heights contest.

Morris Cephas (Richmond, Va.) totaled 27 digs with 18 coming against Siena Heights.

Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) was credited with a dozen kills in the first match with 5.5 blocks with eight kills and six blocks in the finale.

Alex Oliveria (Goiania, Brazil) totaled nine kills with 2.5 blocks against Siena Heights.

The Tornado finished the event with a 3-1 record after Saturday's two wins as King ended up second, behind Missouri Valley who went 4-0.

King, at 3-3 on the season, returns to action on Thursday when Limestone (S.C.) College visits for a Conference Carolinas match at 6:30 p.m. The Tornado lost the conference opener to defending league champion Mount Olive (N.C.) College on Jan. 15. For Limestone, at 3-1 overall, Thursday's contest will be the first in conference play. The last time the two met, on March 27 last season, King was a 3-0 winner in the contest played in Bristol.