King Men's Volleyball defeats Emmanuel 3-1
King Men's Volleyball goes to 7-8 on the season with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-23, 18-25, 25-17) win over Emmanuel, GA this evening. The Tornado relied on sound blocking, a hustling defense, and some timely kills to get the victory. Jeff Bosslet led the king attack tallying 36 assists while also collecting 6 digs and 5 Blocks. Senior Ashton Hippenstiel led the team in kills(10) followed by Stephen Brown(8), Michael Koebel(7), and Matt Harper(7). The tornado defense made it very tough on Emmanuel with Ned Parker leading with 11 digs and Stephen Brown adding 9 digs. King also dominated at the net with a team total of 19 blocks.
The first set between Emmanual and King was a close contest. Each teams exchanged leads and ties until 17-17. With the score tied Matt Harper went on a five point service run to give the Tornado a commanding 22-17 lead. In this run, the Tornado defense had 2 blocks and 3 digs to cement the lead and ultimatly the first set. The 2nd set saw Emmanual out in front most of the way. Mason Casner came off the bench to provide an offensive spark. The Sophomore middle blocker had 3 kills in 6 attempts to help King tie the score at 22-22. King and Emmanuel would both sideout to tie the game up again before King got a block from Stephen Brown/Matt Harper to push the Tornado lead to 24-23. Brown would serve set point and get the dig leading to Harper's thunderous killl to end the second set. The third set was all Emmanuel as their serving and offense had the Tornado scrambling for answers. Emmanuel led the whole set and cruised to a 25-18 victory. The fourth and final set saw King jump out early to a five point advantage. After an Emmanual timeout, the visiting team got to within one point 11-10. From here the Tornado scored 4 straight to get the lead to 5 points and never looked back. Michael Koebel and Stephen Brown had 3 kills a piece in the final set to clinch the Tornado victory.
King will host Erskine (12 pm) and Barton College (4 pm) tomorrow afternoon at Kline Gymnasium as they continue Cancer Awareness Weekend.