FRANKLIN SPRINGS, Ga. – Behind Mason Casner and Matthew Lychock's team-leading seven kills, King Men's Volleyball improved to 6-6 on the season with a four-set win on the final day of the Emmanuel College Tournament. The Tornado defeated the Rust College Wildcats, 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 25-21), on Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore Mason Casner (Culpepper, Va.) recorded all seven of his kills in the first set of Saturday's win over Rust. King hit at a .380 clip in the first set, taking a 1-0 lead on pure hitting strength. Casner went 7-for-10 and committed zero errors, good for a 70 percent success rate.
The Tornado struggled offensively in the second set, hitting only 27 percent on the attack in their 25-18 defeat. The team rebounded in the third with strong net play to aid in their 25-22 set win. Ashton Hippenstiel (Yucaipa, Calif.) recorded 1.5 total blocks as a part of King's 4.0 total blocks in the third.
King replicated that success at the net in the clinching fourth set, recording another 4.0 total blocks. Matthew Lychock (Las Vegas, Nev.) collected 1.5 blocks and a pair of kills in the team's 25-21 fourth-set win. He finished with a team-high 2.5 blocks on the day.
Mason Casner and Matthew Lychock each finished with a team-leading seven kills on the night. Freshman Zach Prexta (Lewisberry, Pa.) quietly collected six kills on 15 attempts. Libero Ned Parker (Richmond, Va.) tallied nine digs to lead the Tornado defensively.
Setters Ashton Hippenstiel and Matthew DeLong (Victor, N.Y.) combined for 35 assists with each playing two sets. Hippenstiel tallied 19 with DeLong collecting the remaining 16 assists.
King (6-6) finished their stay at the Emmanuel Tournament with a 2-1 record after defeating host Emmanuel College and falling to NAIA No. 3 Warner University. They will play in their fourth consecutive game away from Bristol in Belmont N.C. against the Belmont Abbey Crusaders on Tuesday, Feb. 12. First service will take place at 7 p.m. The Tornado will return to the Student Center Complex (Bristol, Tenn.) on Feb. 13 to begin a five-game homestand with three of those games occurring against Conference Carolinas opponents.