King knocks off Conference Carolinas champion Mount Olive, 3-2

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. - King College upended Conference Carolinas regular season men's volleyball champion Mount Olive (N.C.) College 3-2 Friday to keep title hopes alive.

King improved to 10-8 with a 4-3 conference record which ties the Tornado with Lees-McRae (N.C.) College for second in the league standings.  Mount Olive ends conference play with a 7-1 mark and 19-7 overall. Mount Olive will host the second-place finisher in the standings on April 21 for the conference championship.

Both King and Lees-McRae have to play at Pfeiffer (N.C.), the Tornado goes there on Tuesday while Lees-McRae has to wait until Saturday. A King victory over Pfeiffer with a Lees-McRae loss sends the Tornado back to Mount Olive for the conference championship match. If Lees-McRae wins it will set up a 2010 Conference Carolinas rematch with Mount Olive. A tie between King and Lees-McRae will send Lees-McRae to the championship contest via the tiebreaker as Lees-McRae won five sets compared to three for the Tornado.

The first set went to King 25-18 while Mount Olive won the next 25-22 followed by a 25-18 third set decision. The Tornado went onto win the fourth and fifth sets 25-16 and 15-11.

James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.), Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) and Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) all had a dozen kills apiece.

Joel Salva (Lake Mary, Fla.) gave out 46 assists as a part of King's 51 kills.

Friddle also served two aces with three assisted blocks.

Alex Oliveria (Goiania, Brazil) recorded six total blocks, one solo and five assisted.

King defeats Pfeiffer in five
February 19, 2010 King defeats Pfeiffer in five