King sweeps Erskine, stays undefeated in league play

Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis
Photo: Qyntia Parks-Lewis

DUE WEST, S.C. – Following a five set match on Friday, the King University men's volleyball team came away with a sweep at Erskine College on Saturday. The Tornado improved their record to 9-1, their best start in program history.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Erskine 0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-19)
LOCATION: Belk Arena; Due West, S.C.
RECORDS: King 9-1, 5-0 Conference Carolinas; Erskine 1-9, 1-5 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • King used a 5-0 run early to break at 2-2 tie and take a 7-2 lead. Dalton Johnson posted a solo block and teamed up with Sean Luhmann for another block in the middle of the spurt.
  • Jeff Sprayberry registered a pair of kills on the run and Eddie Moushikhian served up an ace.
  • Erskine came back however, evening the score at 11 and again at 15 before King tried to pull away.
  • The Tornado scored three straight points to open up a 21-17 lead, and Luhmann later gave King the 25-22 victory with his second kill of the set.
  • The Tornado used a four run to break a tie in the second set and Johnson gave King an 11-7 advantage with one of his three kills in the match.
  • The King lead grew to 14-9 before Erskine tried to work their way back.
  • The Flying Fleet pulled within 18-16, but held the lead and a Drooker kill gave King the set, 25-21.
  • King put the match away in the third set, using a 7-1 run early to take a 14-7 lead. Moushikhian started and ended the spurt with kills.
  • The Tornado later scored five straight points to take a 23-14 as King went on to take the set 25-19 on a Moushikhian kill, giving King the 3-0 triumph.
  • Sprayberry led King with 10 kills and three blocks while Moushikhian followed with nine kills.
  • Luhmann chipped in with eight kills and five digs.
  • Johnson posted four blocks.
  • Drooker posted a double-double with 28 assists and a team-high 12 digs.

FOR THE FOES

  • Isaac Lanier led the way for Erskine with 11 kills while Daniel Fralix and Trey Jones followed with eight kills apiece.
  • Andres Talavera handed out 34 assists, and Bryan Cardozo registered 12 digs.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • King is off to their best start in program history. King last started 6-4 through 10 games in 2015 and 2014.
  • In Conference Carolinas play, King's best five-game start was 4-1 in 2015. That season, King started 6-1 in league play.

UP NEXT

  • King travels to take on Lincoln Memorial University on Tuesday night. First serve from Harrogate, Tenn., is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
  • Erskine hosts Emmanuel College on Tuesday night.