BELMONT, N.C. – The King University men's volleyball team earned their second Conference Carolinas victory of the season, defeating Belmont Abbey College on the road. The Tornado dropped the opening set, but came storming back to take the 3-1 win behind a career-night from Sean Kohlhase.
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Belmont Abbey 1 (21-25, 25-13, 25-18, 27-25)
LOCATION: Wheeler Center; Belmont, N.C.
RECORDS: King 3-3, 2-0 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 2-2, 0-1 Conference Carolinas
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The teams traded blows early on before Belmont Abbey gain separation with a 5-0 that broke a tie at nine and gave the Crusaders a 14-9 lead.
- Following the timeout, Dalton Johnson started a 4-0 spurt for the Tornado with a kill.
- That run pulled King within 16-15, and back-to-back points for King evened the tall at 17.
- However, the Crusaders scored three straight points and later led 22-18 as King called timeout.
- The Tornado held off a pair of set points for Belmont Abbey, but that was it as the Crusaders took the set 25-21.
- Kohlhase didn't waste any time getting the Tornado on the board in the second set with a kill.
- King then rolled off four straight points, opening up a 5-1 lead before Belmont Abbey called for a timeout as King led 7-2.
- The Tornado looked to put the set out of reach with seven straight points, started by a Kohlhase kill.
- Suetonius Harris gave King a commanding 19-10 lead with a kill that forced another Crusader timeout.
- The Tornado then scored five of the final six points, capped by a kill and ace from Joshua Kim that gave King the 25-13 win.
- Jon Wheaton gave King an early 3-0 lead in the third set with a kill.
- The Tornado held their lead there before the Crusaders came back and evened the tally at 17.
- However, King answered with three straight points on two kills from Johnson and another from Kim.
- King later scored the final three points, as Harris capped the 25-19 victory with consecutive aces.
- The Tornado closed the set on an 8-1 run and hit .462 in the set.
- King used a 4-0 run started by a Kohlhase kill to open up an early 6-1 lead in the fourth set.
- The Tornado gradually extended their lead to 14-7 following a Harris kill.
- However, the Crusaders rolled off five straight points, to pull within three.
- King held their lead their lead there and had a 24-21 advantage before the Crusaders scored three straight points.
- The teams traded points before the Tornado scored the final two points, taking the set 27-25 and the match 3-1.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Kohlhase led the Tornado with 22 kills, hitting .378 with four errors on 45 attempts. He added seven digs.
- Kim followed with 14 kills and seven digs.
- JT Deppe handed out 46 assists and accounted for 10 digs.
- Leo de Quadros led the defense with 15 digs.
FOR THE FOES
- Liam Maxwell led Belmont Abbey with 17 kills and 13 digs.
- Brennan Davis handed out 44 assists and added nine digs.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The 22 kills for Kohlhase marks a career-high.
- He also becomes the first Tornado to record at least 20 kills in a match since Jeff Sprayberry on March 31, 2017. Sprayberry had 27 kills at the University of Mount Olive.
- Also setting a career-high was de Quadros with 15 digs, breaking the 10-dig plateau for the first time.
- Deppe set career-highs of 45 assists and 10 digs for his first career double-double.
- King returns to action again on Friday when they travel to Erskine College. First serve from Due West, S.C. is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
- Belmont Abbey travels to Lees-McRae College on Wednesday night.