Tornado out-battle Battlers

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team hosted Alderson Broaddus College in their home opener Thursday night. Strong play at the net helped the Tornado defeat the Battlers in straight sets.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Alderson Broaddrus 0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-17)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 2-2, Alderson Broaddrus 0-3

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Tornado got off to a great start in this one as they jumped out to a 13-3 lead over the Battlers following a Kiel Bell service ace.
  • King would not look back in the first set as they closed it out 25-10 following a Nick Drooker kill to give the Tornado a 1-0 over Alderson Broaddus.
  • The second set started off much more competitive as King found themselves only leading 13-11 early in the set following a Bell kill.
  • However, behind some great serves by Adrian Besson the Tornado took the next couple of points and extended their lead to 15-11.
  • Jeff Sprayberry got into the action with a big kill to give King an 18-14 lead over the Battlers.
  • Ultimately, the Tornado proved to be too much for Alderson Broaddus and took the set, following a Besson kill, 25-18.
  • King got off to a bit of a slow start in the third set as they found themselves trailing 10-8. However, the Tornado would not trail for long as they went on a 4-0 run to regain the lead 12-10. Sprayberry recorded two service aces during the run.
  • The Tornado went on another 4-0 run later in the set to take a 22-14 lead over the Battlers.
  • King would finish off Alderson Broaddus 25-17 in the final set to take the match 3-0 over the visitors.
  • Bell led the Tornado with 11 kills and added seven digs.
  • Sprayberry chipped in eight kills and eight digs for King.
  • Jon Wheaton recorded five blocks and Drooker posted 27 assists.

FOR THE FOES

  • Myles Miller led the Battlers with five kills.
  • Alex Sands recorded ten digs for Alderson Broaddus

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The Tornado recorded 14 blocks in tonight's match. This total is the highest in a contest since April 4, 2017 of last season.
  • Wheaton's five blocks is a season-high and his highest total since March 24, 2017 when he posted seven blocks against Emmanuel College.

UP NEXT

  • The Tornado are back in action January 24 when they host Lees-McRae College in their Conference Carolinas opener.
  • Alderson Broaddus travels to Lincoln Memorial University on January 19.
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