Tornado Keep It Close but Fall in Season Finale
BANNER ELK, N.C. – King College Men's Volleyball concluded its season with a conference match against the Lees-McRae Bobcats at Williams Gymnasium, Wednesday night. The Tornado were led by senior Eric Glenn's seven kills and seven block assists in the three-set loss (25-22, 25-23, 25-19).
Eric Glenn, a senior from Portsmouth, Va., led the Tornado with seven kills and as many block assists in the loss. The middle blocker hit at a .294 clip, converting on 7-of-17 attempts and committing only two errors.
Brandon Rorer (Richmond, Va.) turned in another performance to continue his stretch of defensive excellence. The senior libero entered the contest second in the nation in digs per set (2.63) and exceeded that mark with nine digs over three sets.
Two of King's three losses were by three of fewer points. The Tornado overcame a seven-point difference in the first match behind six errors and a solo block from freshman Mason Casner. After King closer the gap to one point, 23-22, John Lucas put down a kill followed by a King attack error to close out the first set, 25-22.
King and Lees-McRae battled to a 22-22 deadlock in set two, however a pair of set errors and kill by Randy Ramirez helped seal the second set, 25-23. Three LMC hitters recorded a trio of kills in the third set to help end the match. John Lucas and Mat Harpenau each tallied more than 10 kills, registering 14 and 11 kills, respectively.
In his final contest with the Tornado, King all-time kill leader James Friddle (Cartersville, Ga.) tallied six kills, seven digs, and four block assists. Ned Parker (Richmond, Va.) had a team-high 21 assists while adding eight digs and five block assists.
King concludes their season with a 10-20 overall record and 2-8 ledger in league play. They will not advance to the Conference Carolinas Men's Volleyball Tournament after finishing fifth overall in Conference Carolinas.