PHOENIX, Ariz. – Michael Koebel dropped 21 kills over two matches while James Friddle and Eric Glenn combined for 32 on Saturday. The Tornado lost both matches against the Johnson & Whales (CO) Wildcats and the Grand Canyon University Antelopes to fall to 5-7 on the season.
GAME ONE: KING 2 vs. JOHNSON & WHALES 3 – (22-25, 25-16, 25-19, 15-25, 8-15)
Koebel, a native of Richmond, Va., opened the day with 14 kills against Johnson & Whales (CO) in a five set loss (22-25, 25-16, 25-19, 15-25, 8-15). King fought back after a first set loss with decisive wins win set two and three. The Wildcats, led by Alex Beehner's 16 kills, took the fourth set by tens points before closing out the match winning the race to 15 points. James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) and Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) each had eight kills. Glenn stood out at the net registering two solo blocks and four block assists. Stephen Brown (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Jeremy Funk (Lancaster, Pa.) each tallied seven assists with Brown adding a dozen digs. Ned Parker (Richmond, Va.) matched Brown in his dig count and had 45 assist plus four block assists. As a team, King totaled 16 block assists at the net in the loss.
GAME TWO: KING 0 vs. GRAND CANYON 3 – (14-25, 17-25, 23-25)
In their loss to Grand Canyon, Friddle tallied 10 kills on 21 attempts to lead the team offensively. Koebel continued his success with seven more kills and six digs in the loss to the Antelopes, including two block assist and a solo block at the net. Mathew Harper (Matoaca, Va.) had five block assists to lead the team defensively. Parker added 26 assists and five digs. Grand Canyon hit .315 as a team and were led by Ben Ponnet with 16 kills.
Koebel finished the day with 21 kills on 50 attempts with 0.75 blocks per set, six total (one solo). Friddle finished with 18 kills while Glenn ended the day with 14. Parker combined for 71 assists on the day while Matt Harper tallied eight block assists and a solo block on the net. Glenn nearly matched Harper, collecting six block assists and a pair of solo blocks.
King (5-7) will hop back into Conference Carolinas play on Feb. 17 at Mount Olive for a 7:00 p.m. match against the Trojans to begin a four-game stretch in league play. They will play their first home contest on Feb. 23 against Lees-McRae at the Student Center Complex at 7:00 p.m.