Tornado Volleyball knocks off Lees-McRae in five on senior night

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College celebrated men's volleyball senior night Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae (N.C.) College.

The win sent King to 9-8 on the season and 3-3 in league play. Lees-McRae has a 15-10 record overall and 4-3 in the conference. Lees-McRae needs a King loss to secure second place and a return trip to the Conference Carolinas Championship. If King wins out and Lees-McRae drops the conference finale then the Tornado will play Mount Olive (N.C.) College on April 21. The Tornado and Mount Olive have a 7 p.m. contest scheduled for Friday in Mount Olive.

King came from behind after Lees-McRae won the opener 25-17. The Tornado's wins of 29-27 and 25-19 swung momentum. Lees-McRae forced the fifth set with a 25-23 decision and King closed things out 15-10.

In the first set the two squads were tied 5-5, but Lees-McRae scored six of the next seven points to take an 11-6 advantage. After a King timeout and a Lees-McRae error stopped the rally. The Tornado got within four, 12-8, but no closer. Lees-McRae built an 11-point lead, 21-10 before the set closed out 25-17.

The second saw a wild finish with numerous chances for both teams to win, but eventually King did. The Tornado evened the match when a Lees-McRae error closed out the second. Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) provided a kill to break to give King serve for the match at 28-27. Early on Lees-McRae had the lead, but King tied things at nine and later owned an 11-9 lead. The next seven points went to the visitors with the next tie coming at 22 each.

In the third Lees-McRae once again jumped in front early 6-4, but King battled back. The set saw seven ties with the last coming at 9-9. From there the Tornado scored the next two points and cruised to the set win to seize control of the match.

Lees-McRae forced a fifth set with the fourth set victory. King never led in the set but was right on the Bobcats' heels the whole way.

King saw the Bobcats score first in the fifth, but the next three points were for the Tornado. The finale was tied 6-6, but a Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) kill put King up momentarily.  Lees-McRae made the score 9-9 before another Rorer kill started a 3-0 run. In all King scored six of the last seven points of the contest.

The Tornado's attack was led by Glenn with 11 kills and no errors in 19 attempts for a .579 percentage, a match best. Senior Alex Oliveria added nine more with eight from Rorer, Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) and James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.).

Lees-McRae got a match-high 16 kills from Eduardo Gonzales with 15 more from Chad Mercaco.

Joel Salva ended his home career with 34 assists and 11 digs. Rorer led the squad with a dozen digs while Friddle and senior Morris Cephas (Richmond, Va.) added 11 each.

Randy Ramirez gave out 46 assists and Efrain Negron was credited with 19 digs of the Bobcats' 54.

King had 13 attack errors in the opening set and then only 16 in the final four compared to 32 in the final four for Lees-McRae.

When the two played in Banner Elk earlier in the season on Feb. 18 Lees-McRae won 3-0 with all sets having matching 25-18 scores.

BRISTOL, Tenn. - King College celebrated men's volleyball senior night Tuesday with a 3-2 victory over Conference Carolinas foe Lees-McRae (N.C.) College.

The win sent King to 9-8 on the season and 3-3 in league play. Lees-McRae has a 15-10 record overall and 4-3 in the conference. Lees-McRae needs a King loss to secure second place and a return trip to the Conference Carolinas Championship. If King wins out and Lees-McRae drops the conference finale then the Tornado will play Mount Olive (N.C.) College on April 21. The Tornado and Mount Olive have a 7 p.m. contest scheduled for Friday in Mount Olive.

King came from behind after Lees-McRae won the opener 25-17. The Tornado's wins of 29-27 and 25-19 swung momentum. Lees-McRae forced the fifth set with a 25-23 decision and King closed things out 15-10.

In the first set the two squads were tied 5-5, but Lees-McRae scored six of the next seven points to take an 11-6 advantage. After a King timeout and a Lees-McRae error stopped the rally. The Tornado got within four, 12-8, but no closer. Lees-McRae built an 11-point lead, 21-10 before the set closed out 25-17.

The second saw a wild finish with numerous chances for both teams to win, but eventually King did. The Tornado evened the match when a Lees-McRae error closed out the second. Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) provided a kill to break to give King serve for the match at 28-27. Early on Lees-McRae had the lead, but King tied things at nine and later owned an 11-9 lead. The next seven points went to the visitors with the next tie coming at 22 each.

In the third Lees-McRae once again jumped in front early 6-4, but King battled back. The set saw seven ties with the last coming at 9-9. From there the Tornado scored the next two points and cruised to the set win to seize control of the match.

Lees-McRae forced a fifth set with the fourth set victory. King never led in the set but was right on the Bobcats' heels the whole way.

King saw the Bobcats score first in the fifth, but the next three points were for the Tornado. The finale was tied 6-6, but a Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) kill put King up momentarily.  Lees-McRae made the score 9-9 before another Rorer kill started a 3-0 run. In all King scored six of the last seven points of the contest.

The Tornado's attack was led by Glenn with 11 kills and no errors in 19 attempts for a .579 percentage, a match best. Senior Alex Oliveria added nine more with eight from Rorer, Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) and James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.).

Lees-McRae got a match-high 16 kills from Eduardo Gonzales with 15 more from Chad Mercaco.

Joel Salva ended his home career with 34 assists and 11 digs. Rorer led the squad with a dozen digs while Friddle and senior Morris Cephas (Richmond, Va.) added 11 each.

Randy Ramirez gave out 46 assists and Efrain Negron was credited with 19 digs of the Bobcats' 54.

King had 13 attack errors in the opening set and then only 16 in the final four compared to 32 in the final four for Lees-McRae.

When the two played in Banner Elk earlier in the season on Feb. 18 Lees-McRae won 3-0 with all sets having matching 25-18 scores.