BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team made history on Friday afternoon in the Student Center Complex when they swept Southern Virginia University. The 3-0 victory gave King a school record 16 wins on the season. The Tornado added another win to that later Friday night in come-from-behind fashion, defeating Lindenwood University 3-2.
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Southern Virginia 0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-17); King 3, Lindenwood 2 (26-24, 11-25, 17-25, 25-21, 16-14)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 17-2; Southern Virginia 17-5; Lindenwood 2-15
HOW IT HAPPENED – SOUTHERN VIRGINIA
- The Tornado got off to a slow start as Southern Virginia opened a 7-2 lead in the first set.
- The Knights held that lead throughout the set, and led 19-15 until the Tornado went on a run.
- Jeff Sprayberry registered back-to-back kills to get the Tornado offense going.
- King later evened the set at 20 and used three straight points capped by and Adam Krzos kill to take a 23-21 lead.
- The Tornado then took the final two points, winning the set 25-22.
- In the second set, King broke a 5-5 tie with a 6-1 run, capped by a Jon Wheaton solo block.
- The Knights came back, however, scoring six consecutive points to take a 12-11 lead.
- Kiel Bell got evened the score with a kill, starting a 4-0 King run that put the Tornado ahead 15-12.
- King later scored nine of the final 10 points to take the set 25-15.
- Krzos started a 5-0 run for the Tornado in the third set with a kill, his first of four in the set.
- Dalton Johnson later gave King a 12-6 lead following one of his six kills in the match.
- King held the lead from there, and Johnson gave King the 25-17 and 3-0 win with another kill.
- Sprayberry led King with 10 kills and Matthew DeLong handed out 28 assists.
- Bell registered nine kills and nine digs while Wheaton posted five block assists and two solo stuffs.
FOR THE FOES
- Paul Clark led the way for Southern Virginia with 10 kills and five digs.
- Kaipo Tagaloa handed out 30 assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED – LINDENWOOD
- The beginning of the first set was tight early, but the Lions held the advantage.
- Lindenwood led 16-13 before Eddie Moushikhian sparked a 3-0 King run with one of his four kills in the set.
- The set was even at 18-18 before the Lions started to gain separation, taking a 24-20 lead.
- However, the Tornado scored the final six points of the set, taking the frame 26-24. Sprayberry started the spurt with a kill and Nick Drooker gave King the set with a service ace.
- Lindenwood bounced back, taking the second set 25-11 and the third set 25-17 to take a 2-1 lead.
- The Lions used a 5-0 run in the middle of the third set to gain separation.
- The Tornado fell behind 11-7 in the fourth set, but used a 5-1 run to take a 13-12 lead. Consecutive kills from Moushikhian and Adrian Besson gave King a 13-12 lead.
- Lindenwood later held a 20-16 advantage, but King went on another run, scoring nine of the next 10 points to taket the set 25-21.
- Back-to-back blocks from Moushikhian and Besson forced Lion timeout with King lead 23-21. Drooker again ended the set with an ace.
- Lindenwood again took a 12-9 lead in the fifth set, but King came back, score four straight points as the Lions took a pair of timeouts. Sprayberry started the run with a kill and Moushikhian added two kills on the spurt.
- The set was even at 14-14 before Moushikhian gave King a chance at match point before Besson and Drooker teamed up for a block, giving King the set 16-14 and the match 3-2.
- Moushikhian led King with 16 kills to go along with nine digs and five blocks.
- Sean Luhmann followed with 10 kills.
- Drooker handed out 41 assists to go along with eight digs.
- Jimmy Nickolls led the defense with 13 digs and Besson posted a team-high six blocks.
FOR THE FOES
- Blake Koppel led Lindenwood with 14 kills and five digs.
- Connor Hipelius followed with 13 kills and 12 block assists.
- Nathan Van Dellen accounted for 11 kills, six digs and seven blocks.
- Adam Brewster posted 47 assists and Ryan Vorderer led the defense with 18 digs.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- King has broken the record for wins in a season, as they have 17 this year. The previous record was 15 in the 2015 season.
- King hosts Eastern Mennonite University and Alderson Broaddus University on Saturday. The Tornado take on Eastern Mennonite at 1:00 p.m. and the Battlers at 5:00 p.m.
- Lindenwood takes on Lees-McRae College on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center.