Seniors Close Careers on Home Court in Big Way, Defeat Barton 3-1

 

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Five seniors played or participated in their final home game of their King College careers on Saturday when the Tornado hosted the Barton College Bulldogs. Seniors James Friddle and Eric Glenn each posted double-digit kill counts while Brandon Rorer continued on his nationally-recognized pace, totaling a share of the team lead with nine digs in a 3-1 (25-15, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20) win over the Bulldogs.

Eric Glenn (Portsmouth, Va.) led the Tornado with 14 kills on 26 attempts, hitting at a .462 clip against Barton. The senior added a service ace, one dig, and two block-assists in one of his best performances of the season.

Fellow senior and King's all-time leading attacker James Friddle added to his 802 career kills with 10 more in the Tornado's win over Barton. The Cartersville, Ga., native was one dig shy of a double-double, finishing with a share of the team lead with nine.

While Friddle and Glenn were on the prowl for kills, Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) continued putting up superior defensive numbers to help in the win. Entering the match ranked second in the nation in digs-per-set (2.76), Rorer tallied nine digs in the win, including four in the second set alone.

King had its foot on the gas pedal early, defeating the Bulldogs in the first set, 25-15. Ned Parker (Richmond, Va.) led King to a 10-point lead with six straight services that led to five points behind kills from Friddle, sophomore Stephen Brown, and freshman Mason Casner. King never let up, finishing the set on an Adrian Kibsey (Winnipeg, Manitoba) kill in the 10-point set win.

After losing a three-point lead and falling behind 10-11, King came out of a timeout in the second frame with a four-point run to regain a lead they did not relinquish. Freshman Matthew Harper (Matoaca, Va.) found an open spot on the floor for one of his seven kills of the day to begin the turnaround before Friddle tallied three straight kills to give King an 18-14 lead. Jeremy Funk (Lancaster, Pa.) closed out the set with a kill from the left side, 25-20.

Barton took the third set from King and began to pull away from the Tornado, 11-14, before another James Friddle kill ended the streak and began the turnaround. Barton then committed four errors, including two bad sets by Chandler Thomas, before Glenn and Harper put together an attack that separated King by three points. Harper and Koebel each dropped in two kills in the backstretch of the final set en route to a 25-20 set and match victory.

Harper finished with seven kills and a hit percentage north of .400, only committing two errors in the match. Fellow freshman Mason Casner was a perfect 5-for-5 in kill attempts posting three in the first and two in the final set. Senior hitter Adrian Kibsey ended the day with a pair of kills, both coming in the opening frame.

The Tornado (10-19, 2-7) finish their home slate with a 3-5 record and get their second conference win of the season over the Bulldogs. They have one game remaining this season at Lees-McRae on Wednesday, April 4. First service will take place at 7:00 p.m.