April 12, 2011

King advances to Conference Carolinas title tilt

MISENHEIMER, N.C. - King College has punched a ticket to the 2011 Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Championship thanks to a 3-1 win at Pfeiffer (N.C.) University to close out the regular season Tuesday.

King improved to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in league play which secures second no matter what Lees-McRae (N.C.) College does at Pfeiffer on Thursday since the Tornado owns the tie breaker. King moves into the championship contest at regular season champion Mount Olive (N.C.) College on April 21. The Tornado split the season series with Mount Olive with the road team winning each time. King was a 3-2 winner on April 8 while Mount Olive posted a 3-1 decision in Bristol Jan. 15. King's win last week over Mount Olive helped secure the tie breaker.

Pfeiffer took the opener 25-23 before King took three straight 25-18, 25-15 and 25-19.

In the opener King scored three straight points towards the end to climb back to trail 24-23, but Pfeiffer eventually got the final point of the game.

King evened the score thanks to a second-set win that saw the Tornado reel off the final five points. The Tornado took the lead in the set for good thanks to four straight points to make the score 15-12 capped by an ace by Joel Salva (Lake Mary, Fla.).

The third set saw King lead from start to end. The two teams were tied four times, but the last was at eight apiece. After that King got four straight points to open the margin.

Salva went onto finish with 49 assists, the second most for the senior on the season in a match which was also the highest number in a four-set match. He also added seven digs.

James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) paced all players with 16 kills while Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) added 11. Glenn added six total blocks half of which were solo while Friddle was a part of four assisted blocks. Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) and Jeremy Funk (Washingtonboro, Pa.) finished with nine and eight kills, respectively.

Morris Cephas (Richmond, Va.) gave King 14 digs, the most by a player in the contest.