High-powered offense leads King past LMU

Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer
Photo credit: Danielle Stauffer

HARROGATE, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball team posted their fourth straight win and third straight hitting better than .300 when they swept Lincoln Memorial University. The first set was tight but, Jeff Sprayberry posted nine kills in the final two sets, leading the Tornado to victory.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Lincoln Memorial 0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-19)
LOCATION: Mary Mars Gymnasium; Harrogate, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 5-2; Lincoln Memorial 3-3

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Kiel Bell paced the Tornado offense in the opening set with six kills.
  • King jumped out to a 7-3 lead, but the Railsplitters came back and evened the set at eight.
  • The Tornado gained separation with a 6-1 run in the middle of the set. Sprayberry started the spurt with a kill and Sean Kohlhase followed with a service ace.
  • Nick Drooker capped the spurt with a block.
  • Lincoln Memorial went on a 5-1 run to pull within 24-23, but Bell gave King the set 25-23 with a kill.
  • The Tornado offense improved in the second set, hitting .333 in the set and the King block posted four stuffs in the 25-16 victory.
  • Sprayberry and Bell paced the offense with three kills apiece while Dalton Johnson recorded three blocks, including two solo stuffs.
  • King used an 8-0 run with Sprayberry at the service line to gain separation. Sprayberry had one ace and Johnson posted two blocks on the run that put King ahead 18-10.
  • It was Bell again that gave King the win with a kill.
  • Sprayberry led the Tornado offense to a .476 attack percentage in the third set as he posted seven kills on nine attempts with one error.
  • Trailing 15-13, King went on a 4-0 run to take a 17-15 lead following a Bell kill.
  • The Tornado extended their lead from there and score the final three points of the set, capped by a Jon Wheaton kill that gave King the 25-19 victory to sweep the match.
  • Sprayberry led the Tornado with 14 kills and hit .458 in the match. He also posted a match-high eight digs and added two aces.
  • Bell followed with 13 kills and hit .429. He added four blocks and three digs.
  • Wheaton led the Tornado at the net with five blocks and added three kills.
  • Drooker handed out a match-high 38 assists.

FOR THE FOES

  • Jordan Walley and Evan Cory led the Railsplitters with seven kills apiece.
  • Logan Kerley posted a team-high six digs and AJ Risavy handed out 24 assists.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • King posted their third straight match with an attack percentage better than .300, hitting .333 in the match.
  • The Tornado have hit better than .300 in four of their five wins this season.
  • Sprayberry closes in the 1,000 career dig mark as he now has 980 in his career. Last week he became King's all-time leader in kills.

UP NEXT

  • King returns home on Friday to host Erskine College on at 7:00 p.m. and Emmanuel College at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
  • Lincoln Memorial travels to take on Quincy University on Friday night and Lindenwood University on Saturday.