BRISTOL, Tenn. – In their first match in about two weeks, the King University men's volleyball team looked superb on the court when Limestone College came to town. The Tornado started fast and did not look back, defeating the Saints in three sets in a key Conference Carolinas contest. Leading the way for the Tornado was Matthew Lychock with nine kills, hitting .900 in the match.
King (7-4, 6-1) got on the board first when Stephen Brown delivered a kill on a Chandler Wellmann assist. Nick Serowski gave the Tornado a 3-1 lead off a service ace and Brown followed that up with another ace giving King a four point advantage, 7-3. The Tornado lead would grow to five when Serowski delivered a kill. Matthew Lychock took a pass from Drooker and recorded a kill opening the King lead to 14-6. Serowski registered another service ace giving King a 10 point advantage, 17-7. The lead would continue to grow and King would eventually defeat Limestone 25-14 in set one.
The Tornado would score first in set two on a Lychock kill and capped a four to zero run off on a block error by the Saints. Lychock would tally another kill forcing a Limestone timeout as King led the Saints 8-1. Limestone (8-10, 6-5 CC) would gain some points and brought the Tornado lead to two but King would answer opening the lead back up to four at 14-10. The game would get within one at 17-16 but Serowski brought the lead back to three on a kill off an assist from Drooker. Mason Casner would record a kill to give King set two, 25-23.
Looking to win in three sets, King started off fast again tallying the first four points, capped off by a Serowski kill. Limestone would get the Tornado lead down to two but a Drooker kill gave King a three point advantage at 10-7. A Saints attack error would open the Tornado lead to 19-15 forcing the Limestone coach to call a timeout. Brown would record a kill to give King a 22-17 lead before Eddie Moushikhian and Serowski finished the match off with back-to-back kills.
Leading the way for the Tornado was Moushikhian with 10 kills followed by Serowski and Lychock with nine. Lychock registered an .900 attack percentage while Wellmann led the Tornado with 14 digs. As a team, King hit .341 while Limestone recorded a .176 attack percentage.
King will be back in action on Wednesday, March 4 when they host Pfeiffer University at 7:00 pm.