QUINCY, Ill. – The King University men's volleyball team took to the road for a nonconference match with Quincy University on Saturday night. The Tornado were close to the Hawks in every set, but could only come away with one victory as Quincy came away with the 3-1 victory, 25-22, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20.
King (6-3) jumped out to a 3-1 lead, and they held the lead in the early going. Adrian Besson registered one of his seven kills to give King a 12-11 advantage before Quincy (7-5) scored back-to-back points to grab the lead. The teams then traded points until the Hawks scored the final three points of the set. The frame was even at 22 when Quincy got back-to-back kills to take the lead as they took the set 25-22.
The teams went back-and-forth in the early going of the second set until Jeff Sprayberry registered three straight kills for King, giving the Tornado a 12-10 advantage with his third put-away. Sprayberry then gave king a 17-14 lead with another kill before the Hawks scored three straight points to even the frame at 17-all. With King leading 18-17, Quincy scored three of the next four points to take a 20-19 lead. The score was even at 21 when the Hawks scored back-to-back points, grabbing the lead. King staved off one set point, but Quincy got a kill on the next point to take the frame 25-22.
King jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set behind an Eddie Moushikhian kill. Sprayberry later put King up 7-3 with one of his nine kills in the match. The Tornado lead grew to 14-7 following a Sean Luhmann kill and 15-8 after another Moushikhian termination. However, the Hawks came back and got within one at 23-22, but Moushikhian answered with a kill as King took the set 25-22.
In the fourth set, King again gained an early 3-0 lead, this time following a Matthew Lychock kill. Lychock again registered a kill to give King a 12-9 lead before the Hawks started to come back. Quincy scored the next five points to take a 14-12 advantage. The Tornado came back to even the score at 14, and take a 17-16 lead. However, Quincy scored three straight points to regain the lead. The Hawks then used a four-point run to extend their lead to 23-18 as they took the set 25-20 and the match 3-1.
The Hawks hit .291 in the contest while King posted an attack percentage of .195. Moushikhian led King with 18 kills while Sprayberry followed with nine kills. Besson and Luhman added seven kills each and Lychock chipped in with six kills. Chandler Wellmann registered a match-high 15 digs, and Moushikhian accounted for 13 digs for the double-double. Matthew DeLong dished out 44 assists for the Tornado.
King will be in action again on Sunday when they take on McKendree University at 2:00 p.m. (ET).