Bobcats Take Down Tornado in Four

Bobcats Take Down Tornado in Four
 

BRISTOL, Tenn. – King battled through the middle sets of their match against rival Lees-McRae, but the Bobcats took the match in four games, 3-1 (18-25, 22-25, 25-23, 23-25), on Thursday night.  Jeremy Funk led the Tornado with eight kills as the Tornado fell to 6-9 (1-3) on the season.

Lees-McRae controlled the first set after they jumped out to an 8-3 lead early and held as much as an eight-point lead in the latter part of the set in a 25-18 win. King battled back from seven points down in the second set, tying the game at 20-20 before Lees-McRae called a timeout to break the run. A trio of errors on the Tornado helped LMC break away before John Lucas tallied one of his team-leading 15 kills to take the second set, 25-22.

In the third set, King again battled back when down by three points, 12-15. Three consecutive attack errors from the Bobcats and a kill by Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) helped King take the lead back as both teams battled back and forth toward a 23-23 score. Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) came out of a timeout by King with a demonstrative kill to take a 24-23 lead before Lucas committed an error, giving King the set point.

Neither team built more than a two-point lead throughout the fourth and final set. Adrian Kibsey (Winnipeg, Manitoba) helped bring King within a point of the Bobcats, 22-23, on his seventh kill of the night before an error on LMC tied it up. The game ended with back-to-back errors by the Tornado, leading to the Bobcats pulling away with the 25-23 set and match win.

Funk, a native of Lancaster, Pa., led the Tornado with eight kills and added a solo block. Michael Koebel and Adrian Kibsey both tallied seven kills. Kibsey and Ned Parker led the squad with 10 digs, while Parker also registered a team high 28 assists.

King (6-9, 1-3) will take to the road to play the Limestone Saints in conference play, Feb. 25, leading into the Lindenwood Tournament (St. Charles, Mo.) to open the month of March.

 
 
Mount Olive Takes Down Tornado
February 17, 2012 Mount Olive Takes Down Tornado
Tornado Drop Pair in Final Day
February 11, 2012 Tornado Drop Pair in Final Day