BRISTOL, Tenn. – In a game full of excitement, the King University men's volleyball team prevailed over the Bulldogs of Barton College in a five set thriller. The sets went back and forth till the Tornado took the last two, to go on and defeat Barton 3-2 behind Eddie Moushikhian's 19 kills and Stephen Brown's 15 kills and 12 digs.
The match started on the right note when Matthew Lychock got King on the board first off of a kill. Barton would gain a 10-5 lead before King brought the game back within two at 12-10 of a Nick Serowski service ace. King would gain the lead when Moushikhian delivered a kill at 17-16. The Bulldogs would tie the game up at 20 and eventually take the lead before Chandler Wellman tallied an unusual kill. Brown recorded back-to-back service aces to give the Tornado set one, 25-23.
Barton (2-7, 2-4 CC) started the scoring in the second set before King gained a 9-6 advantage off a Mason Casner kill. The lead would grow to four points for King forcing Barton to call a timeout. The timeout would work for Barton as they went on a little run taking the lead from the Tornado and eventually achieving the lead at 22-20. King cut the Bulldogs lead to 24-23 before a controversial call tied the game back up at 24. Barton would go on to win set two, 27-25.
King (4-2, 3-1 CC) came out slow in the third set, as Barton tallied the first six points of the set before King got on the board off a Brown kill. The Bulldogs would hover between six and seven point leads before a Brown kill cut the lead to three at 17-14. The lead would grow back to seven and Barton would eventually win set three 25-17.
The Tornado turned right around and started set four fast, jumping out to a 6-1 lead when Moushikhian delivered two solid kills. King would stay between six and seven point leads before Barton was able to cut the lead down to four at 23-19 but an attack error gave King the 25-19 win, forcing a fifth and final set.
In the final set of the evening, Barton got on the board first before a Serowski kill tied the game up at one. Barton would continue to hold a lead till the front line of the Tornado came up very big. Nick Drooker and Adrian Besson's posted a block to tie the game up at 12 and gave the Tornado a lead on the very next play, a block of the same combination. King would win set five, 15-12 on what no one expected, another block from Besson, assited this time by Moushikhian. King tallied the final six points of the match in the win.
As a team King posted an attack percentage of .210 while Barton recorded a .182 percentage. The Tornado added seven service aces to Barton's five. King recorded 17 blocks in the match which is a season-high and the most since February 1, 2013 when the Tornado recorded 17.5. The Tornado was led by Moushikhian with 19 kills and Brown with 15. Wellmann added 15 digs to lead King. Brown posted a double-double in the game with 15 kills and 12 digs.
The Tornado take the court again on short rest when they will host the University of Mount Olive on Saturday, February 7 at 5:00 pm.