FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – King University Men's Volleyball defeated Emmanuel College on their home floor in straight sets in their opening match of the Emmanuel Tournament. The Tornado quickly turned around to play nationally-ranked Warner University but lost to the Royals in three sets.
KING 3, EMMANUEL COLLEGE 0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-11)
King rolled in a three-set victory over Emmanuel College (NAIA) on Saturday night. Junior Stephen Brown (Lawrenceville, Ga.) led the Tornado with seven kills on 17 attempts (.350). Defensively, he added 2.0 total blocks, three digs, and a service ace.
Sophomore middle blocker Mason Casner (Culpepper, Va.) led the Tornado on the nets with 4.0 total blocks to accompany five kills on 11 attempts (.270). Senior Michael Koebel (Richmond, Va.) added six kills and 3.5 blocks to aid in the win.
KING 0, No. 3 WARNER UNIVERSITY (25-18, 25-14, 25-14)
After a schedule changed pushed the Tornado's second game up one match time, King faced off against the third-ranked team in NAIA, the Warner University Royals (4-0). King struggled offensively, hitting only .120 in the match.
Despite the low team hitting percentage, Stephen Brown led the team for a second straight match with eight kills, followed closely by freshman middle blocker Matthew Lychock (Las Vegas, Nev.) and his seven kills. Eight different King players recorded at least one block assist, led by redshirt freshman Adrian Lopez who totaled 1.5 blocks.
Michael Koebel added five kills in his second match, totaling 11 kills on the night. He had a team-high five digs in the loss.
King (5-6) will conclude their tournament stay against Rust College (NCAA Division III) on Saturday. The Tornado and Wildcats will meet at 11 a.m. The Tornado defeated Rust 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-13) on Jan. 11 in their second match of the season. King has now won four of its last six matches.