King Men's Volleyball gets Conf. Carolinas victory over Barton
In the second match of the day for the Tornado they defeated Barton College 3-1 (25-20, 25-19, 26-28, 25-11). Michael Koebel led with the Tornado with 11 kills, while Matthew DeLong had 45 assists. Both Adrian Lopez and Ned Parker each had 14 digs, while Mason Casner led with 3.0 blocks.
Barton and King started the first set exchanging points back and forth. King would take charge late in the set for a 25-20 win. Senior Michael Koebel and freshman Matthew Delong paced the Tornado with 3 kills a piece in the first set. Delong set the team to a .500 hitting percentage in that set as well. The second set saw Barton get out to an early 7-4 lead. King came back to tie it up at 9-9 all and didn't look back from there. A balanced attack was key in the 2nd set victory: Koebel(4 Kills), Lopez(4 Kills), Ashton Hippenstiel(4 Kills), and Matthew Harper(3 Kills). Adrian Lopez had 8 of his 14 digs in the 2nd set.
Barton came out on fire in the 3rd set. They led the whole set and had a 24-18 lead. Freshman Zach Prexta entered the match to serve at this point. Prexta had 2 aces, a kill, and a dig to lead the Tornado back to a 24-24 tie. Barton would eventually win the set 28-26 but Prexta had given the Tornado a boost going into set 4. The 4th set saw Zach Prexta and Eddie Moushikhian come off the bench to start the set. The two freshman brought some energy into game 4. The Tornado exploded to an early 11-4 lead and never looked back. Mason Casner, Matthew Harper, and Eddie Moushikhian dominated at the net, while Ned Parker, Matthew Delong, and Adrian Lopez made it dificult for Barton to put the ball away. King would win the 4th set 25-11 and finish off the match in dominating fashion.
King is now 8-9 overall and 4-7 in Conference Carolinas. King will next travel Pfeiffer on Feb. 26th and then onto the Lindenwood Classic Tournament held March 1-2 in St. Charles, MO.