BRISTOL, Tenn. – Coming off a loss against Limestone College, the King University men's volleyball team looked to get back in the winning column when they traveled to Emmanuel College. In what was a first set that did not go in favor of the Tornado, saw themselves come back to win three sets in a row to go on and defeat the Lions of Emmanuel.
The match began with points going back and forth with someone looking to take advantage. Emmanuel held a 6-5 lead on the Tornado and opened the lead up pretty quickly outscoring King 7-2. King would come right back tallying four straight points bringing the deficit back to three points, 13-10. The Lions went on to score three in a row before King brought the score back to 16-15. However, Emmanuel would not stop going on runs as they tallied four straight points, opening the lead to 20-15. King would attempt to make a comeback but it would fall short as Emmanuel took set one, 25-21.
King (3-2, 2-1 CC) started very quickly in the second set, bringing the score to 4-1 capped off by a Nick Serowski service ace. Stephen Brown would give the Tornado a nine point lead at 15-6 after delivering a kill, assisted by Nick Drooker. King would open up a double-digit lead at 18-8 when Matthew Lychock sent a serve that resulted in an ace. The lead would grow to 11 when Mason Casner buried down a kill. The final point came and King won set two, 25-13.
Emmanuel (0-4, 0-4 CC) came out strong looking to go up 2-1 on the Tornado scoring the first two points of set three. The Lions would achieve a 7-4 lead before King went on a 6-1 run giving themselves the advantage at 10-8. Emmanuel got the lead back at 13-11, however, King would tally six in a row, capped off by a Brown kill. The Lions would stop the run but King got the two points back off an attack error and Casner kill. Emmanuel would cut the lead to two points but it would not be enough as Eddie Moushikhian delivered a kill giving the Tornado a 25-22 win.
In what was shaping up to be a four set win for King, gave them the first two points in set four. The Tornado would go on a 6-2 run bringing the advantage to six points. King would hover between eight and nine point leads until Emmanuel brought it to within five at 22-17. Nathan Veli would enter the contest and earn King the win after registering back-to-back service aces. The Tornado defeated Emmanuel 3-1 in the Conference Carolinas affair.
As a team, King had an attack percentage of .168 while Emmanuel recorded a percentage of .160. The Tornado posted 10 service aces and only allowed the Lions to tally two. Leading the way for King was Serowski and Brown who both tallied 11 kills. Serowski also led the team with six digs.
The Tornado will be back in action next on Friday, February 6 at 7:00 pm when they host Barton College at the Student Center in Bristol, Tenn.