ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – King College faced stiff competition on Tuesday when the sixth-ranked Lewis University Flyers hosted the Tornado, defeating them 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-15). James Friddle led the Tornado with 10 kills as the team dropped to 7-15 overall on the season.
The Flyers jumped out to a 1-0 lead when leading by one point, 8-7, used a 6-1 run to help separate from the Tornado. Kills by Greg Petty and Eric Fitterer helped lead the breakaway and grow a six-point lead. James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) put up two big kills to help draw within three points, 15-12, however Lewis kept the attack strong while benefitting from eight different King errors in a 25-17 win.
King made a set of game two after falling behind five points early. They climbed back into the match forcing three errors and registering service aces from freshman Matthew Harper (Matoaca, Va.) and James Friddle. Lewis broke away from King by five points for a second time, 15-10, before Greg Petty tallied three errors in consecutive plays, and with an error by Yiwei Zhou King became tied with the Flyers at 15. Both teams battled to 22 before Zhou put down one of his three kills on the day to take a one-point lead. Omar Sanchez and Justin Crane swapped kills, but a service error ended the set for King, 25-23.
King hit at its best mark in the third set, led by a game-high five kills on eight attempts by Friddle. Unfortunately, Lewis also hit at their highest mark of the match, topping at a .476 team hit percentage in the final frame. The Flyers committed only two errors in the second game, leading to a 25-15 decision.
Friddle led the Tornado with 10 kills on 23 attempts. He added two service aces and five digs to his line to accompany a share for the team lead in total blocks (3). Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) led the team with six digs while Justin Crane (Richmond, Va.) tallied a team-high 18 assists.
Lewis' Greg Petty tallied 10 kills and saw three teammates accumulate four total blocks.
The loss drops King to 7-15 overall this season while No. 6 Lewis improves to 16-4, overall. The Tornado will stay in Illinois to play the Loyola University Ramblers on Thursday, March 15 at Gentile Arena (Chicago, Ill.). First service is set for 7:00 p.m. CST / 8:00 p.m. EST.