QUINCY, Ill. – Behind Eric Glenn's 12 blocks and eight blocks, King Men's Volleyball upset the Quincy University Hawks in four games on Monday night. King took the Hawks into extra points in each of the last three games, winning them all en route to a 19-25, 26-24, 26-24, 26-24 victory.
Quincy jumped out to a 1-0 lead after taking the first set 25-19, but it was all King from there on out. Game two was played out down to the wire with both teams staying within two points of one another until the 20-point mark. Neither team broke away by more than a point until King benefitted from a pair of errors by the Hawks to five King a 26-24 win. Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) gave King a 24-23 lead before Kevin Battaglia evened up the score. Quincy's Chris Lynch committed a service error before the game ended on an attack error by Joe Ascher, allowing the Tornado to tie the match at one game apiece.
The third set saw King break away from Quincy, going on a six-point run to take a 17-10 lead on four Hawk errors plus service aces from Mathew Harper (Matoaca, Va.). The Tornado extended that lead to nine points off of a kill from Glenn plus another Hawk error from a dual block by Justin Crane (Richmond, Va.) and Eric Glenn. Quincy began to close the gap by going on a five-point run before a second set of Hawk errors awarded King another 26-24 set win to take a one-game lead.
In the fourth and decisive set, King found itself trailing much of the time, but the team's resiliency paired with its best hitting performance in a set during the match helped the Tornado swing the momentum of the game late with a 5-1 run to close out the Hawks. Glenn tallied two solo blocks and one block assist in the final leg of the set to help sway the game into King's favor. Coupled with kills by Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) and Mathew Harper, King put away the hosts with a third straight 26-24 win to close out the match and give King its seventh win of the season.
Glenn led the offense with a team-high 12 kills on 19 attempts, accounting for a .526 hit percentage. The senior also had eight blocks (five solo). Mathew Harper tallied six kills while contributing a match-high nine blocks (six assists), contributing to 19.0 team blocks. Justin Crane put up 31 assists and five blocks (four assists). James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) contributed with eight kills and six digs on the defensive end.
With the win, King (7-13, 1-4) broke a five-match losing streak and gets back on the winning track as they head back into Conference Carolinas play this Saturday (March 10) at the Student Center Complex. First service is set for 3:00 p.m.