ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Despite the Tornado putting on one of its single best days of hitting this season, King College fell twice in the final day of the Lindenwood Classic. Eric Glenn finished with 24 kills in two matches to lead the team in a pair of losses to Missouri Baptist (3-0) and Cal Baptist (3-2) on Saturday.
GAME ONE – King 0, Missouri Baptist 3 (19-25, 27-25, 25-21)
King kept within reach of the Missouri Baptist Spartans in all three games and forced extra points in the second set to decide a winner. After falling 19-25 in set number one, King battled with the Spartans and needed extra points to decide a winner, eventually falling 25-27, to fall two sets back. Missouri Baptist finished the match with a 21-25 third-set win, led by Kevin Knight's 11 kills and .625 hit percentage, plus five blocks.
Senior James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) led the Tornado with 12 kills on 25 attempts (.360) and added a team-high eight digs. Justin Crane (Richmond, Va.) had 35 assists and a pair of service aces. Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) also hit at a high mark, posting a .412 hit percentage with eight kills on 17 attempts and one error.
GAME TWO – King 2, California Baptist 3 (20-25, 25-22, 26-24, 23-25, 9-15)
Senior Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) turned up the heat with 17 kills in the Tornado's five-set loss to Cal Baptist in their final game of the tournament, while two additional King players tallied double-digit kill counts. Justin Crane also posted a season-high 49 assists.
King took a 2-1 lead after taking sets two and three of the match. King was down three points, 14-17, before responding with a 5-2 mini-run to take the lead. Eric Glenn and Michael Koebel paired up to give King a 23-22 lead prior to a CBU timeout before an attack error and one final kill by Matthew Harper (Matoaca, Va.) sealed the second set win.
The Tornado nearly repeated that performance, falling behind 15-17 late in the third set. Mathew Harper put up two of his 12 kills on the way to tying the game at 20 points. Tied 23-23, Eric Glenn helped the Tornado keep a one point lead before Harper again finished off the Lancers with a game-ending kill, 26-24.
King could not perform a third comeback but made an eight-point lead a mere two points going into the backstretch of the fourth set. The Tornado fell behind 11-19 and came out of a timeout on a 9-3 run as the Lancers' hitters struggled at the net. Four CBU attack errors helped King draw within two points, 20-22, but the Lancers put away the match with kills by Aaron McCalmont and Daniel Freitas.
Glenn, Koebel, and Harper all finished the match with double-digit kills. Glenn finished with a team and season-high 17 kills while Harper and Koebel has 12 and 10, respectively. Glenn hit 17-for-24 with no errors for a remarkable .708 attack percentage. Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) ended the match with 15 digs. Harper led the team with seven blocks (two solo) while James Friddle and Glenn each has six.
King (6-13, 1-4) will take on the Quincy University Hawks in the Pepsi Arena (Quincy, Ill.) on Monday, March 5 before returning home for Conference Carolinas action against Limestone College on March 10. First service against the Hawks is set for 7:00 p.m.