MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 1, KING 3
King defeated The Mount in their early game 25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 25-19 behind a team hit percentage of 33.3 percent and only seven errors. Senior James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) led the team with 13 kills and two errors (.380). Friddle also added nine digs and a block assist.
Freshman Mason Casner (Culpepper, Va.) hit at a 47 percent rate, registering nine kills on 19 attempts and no errors. He finished with a total of 3.5 blocks to lead the net defensively on the front line. Freshman Justin Crane tallied 29 assists, one of two Tornado to do so on the day, four digs and one block. Senior Adrian Kibsey (Winnipeg, Manitoba) had 11 assists, one dig, one block and a service ace.
KING 3, PENN STATE – BEHREND 0
Friddle had an even better second game in the Tornado's win over the Lions of Penn. State – Behrend in the night cap (25-17, 30-28, 28-26). The Lions forced King to beat them with extra points necessary for the win, but the Tornado corrected some of their mistakes from the previous day to bring home the victory.
Friddle tallied a season and team-high 16 kills on 25 attempts (.440) with eight digs and a block to lead the Tornado. Fellow senior Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) was one kill shy of matching Friddle, tallying 15 kills and making only two errors to lead the team in kill percentage (.620). Glenn also had 2.0 blocks to accompany his kill count.
Justin Crane continued to move the ball around the court well with 33 assists while junior Ned Parker (Richmond, Va.) had 20 digs, each leading the team in their respective categories.
Head Coach Ryan Booher said of his team's performance at the Charlie Wrubezki Tournament, "It was a good weekend and gave a lot of guys a lot of playing time. We still need to pick up the intensity when we play but overall it was a good weekend. We are really happy to get back on the winning track."
King finishes the weekend 3-1 at tournament's end and improve to 4-3 overall on the season before it enters its first official Conference Carolinas game of the season. "It was good to see where we stand as a team and against our competition," said Booher. "It allowed us to see where we can improve as well as what we are doing well, so far. We have some downtime to prepare for our next match [against Pfeiffer] so we will use it to keep fresh and keep getting better."
The Tornado will have nearly two weeks until their next match against the Falcons of Pfeiffer University. King will travel to Misenheimer, N.C. to play Pfeiffer on Feb. 4 at 2:00 p.m.