On opening day of the 2012 season, King College Men's Volleyball felt its ups and downs as it split its first two games of the year. The Tornado fell to Limestone College in three games before serving Barton College a 3-1 loss on its first day of games in the program's existance.
Limestone defeated King 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) behind strong service efforts from the Saints. Statistics were not available following the match. Full recap and statistics will be made available on Saturday following the conclusion of the tournament.
King (1-1) rebounded with a 3-0 win over Barton College, who enters their first year sponsoring a varsity men's volleyball program. James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) finished the night with eight kills and a hit percentage north of .700. Outside hitter Brandon Rorer finished the match with five kills and teammate Mike Koebel finished the match with six kills.
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MOUNT OLIVE, N.C.–Freshman Jordan Robison filled up the box score with 13 assists, four kills, four digs and two aces for Barton College in a 3-1 (25-15, 25-15, 20-25, 25-16) non-conference loss to King College on Friday night in the first day of the Mount Olive College Men's Volleyball Festival.
"I was proud of our effort tonight," said Jim Freeman, Barton first year head coach. "We were operating under some unusual circumstances and I thought we did a nice job of competing against two very fine teams. We have a lot to learn and tonight helped clarify some of that. I thought we did a good job of representing our school community."
The Tornado (1-1) bounced back from an opening loss to Limestone College earlier in the day. The Bulldogs (0-2) forced a fourth set in only the programs second match but were unable to compete an improbably comeback against a King program that played in the 2011 Conference Carolinas Championship Game.
Sophomore Alx Draughan led Barton offensively with nine kills. Classmate Tyler Malpass converted on all five of his swings for a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage and freshman Zach McCalla added five spikes as well.
Robison served as the Bulldogs setter for the second straight match Friday due to injuries and did well with little practice by setting up half of the teams 26 kills with 13 helpers. McCalla added five of his own assists while lifting up a match-high five digs.
King won the first two sets by 10 points apiece and never trailed in either frame.
The Tornado tallied the first point of the third set but it was King's only lead. After a trio of early ties, Barton broke free at 3-3 with four of the next five points that featured a pair of Malpass kills. A Malpass ace later lifted BC its largest lead at 19-13 before a Robison clinched Barton's first ever set win with a kill to the back line on set point.
The Tornado picked up intensity in the fourth and finished off the match by hitting .550 in the set. King scored the first five points of the final frame and once again led throughout the stanza.
King hit .260 for the match compared to just .064 by Barton. Both squads had six team blocks with Bulldog freshman Tanner Medina pacing all players with one solo block and three block assists.
Senior James Friddle paced a balanced Tornado attach with eight kills. Freshman setter Justin Crane had a big match with 27 assists. Junior Michael Koebel chipped in five kills and five aces. Four of Koebel's five aces came in one service rotation in the first set.