February 19, 2010

King defeats Pfeiffer in five

BRISTOL, Tenn. - The King College men's volleyball team needed to win the last two sets and that is what the Tornado did in a 3-2 Conference Carolinas win over the visitors from Pfeiffer (N.C.) University Saturday.

King, now 5-4 overall and 2-2 in league play, won the final two sets 25-16 and 15-13 for the victory. The Tornado was a 25-23 winner before Pfeiffer took control with back-to-back set victories of 25-20 and 26-24.

The final set went back and forth, but a kill by Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) put King in front 9-7. Pfeiffer tied things at 11 before the Tornado served for the match at 14-12. A kill from Pfeiffer extended the match temporarily before Alex Oliveria (Goiania, Brazil) clinched the contest with a kill.

Koebel went onto finish with 14 kills. Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) and Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) both added nine kills for King. Joel Salva (Lake Mary, Fla.) gave out 40 assists.

King served up 24-23 in the third, but Pfeiffer scored three straight points to take a 2-1 advantage. The Tornado answered in the fourth with a 10-4 start and did not look back.

The Tornado returns to action Saturday at conference foe Limestone (S.C.) College for a 1 p.m. match. In the first meeting of the season King emerged a 3-2 winner on Jan. 27.