Men's Volleyball

3 CONFERENCE CAROLINAS CHAMPIONSHIPS, 1 TOURNAMENT TITLE

Record-setting afternoon for King downs BAC

Photo credit: Mason Thomas
Photo credit: Mason Thomas

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The King University men's volleyball bounced back and won a see-saw Conference Carolinas affair with Belmont Abbey College on Saturday afternoon. The Tornado set the school record for blocks in a match as King took the 3-2 win with two sets reaching 30 points.

THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: King 3, Belmont Abbey 3 (25-20, 22-25, 30-28, 29-31, 15-11)
LOCATION: Student Center Complex; Bristol, Tenn.
RECORDS: King 3-5, 1-0 Conference Carolinas; Belmont Abbey 2-5, 0-2 Conference Carolinas

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

  • Sean Kohlhase got the day started as King opened up a 4-0 lead, but the Crusaders came back with four straight points.
  • King tried to gain some separation as Suetonius Harris gave King a 17-13 lead and forced a Belmont Abbey timeout.
  • Douglas Florencio extended the lead to 18-13 with a kill out of the break, but Belmont Abbey came back and pulled within 22-20.
  • However, King scored the final three points to take the set 25-20.

Second Set

  • The Belmont Abbey block got going in the second set as the jumped out to a 6-1 and lead and posted 6.5 blocks in the set.
  • Back-to-back Tornado blocks, the first from Florencio and the second from Florencio and Harris pulled King within 21-20 and forced a Crusader timeout.
  • A Joshua Kim kill evened the score at 22, but Belmont Abbey scored the final three points to take the set 25-22.

Third Set

  • The blocking for both teams was outstanding in the third set with each team posting 7.0 stuffs in the set.
  • King used a 4-0 spurt to take a 14-10 lead as Belmont Abbey called for a timeout.
  • Out of the break, Belmont Abbey came back with four straight points to even the tally.
  • The teams then traded blows, and each team held off set points from the opponent.
  • King finally scored consecutive points on a kill from Julian Young and a block from Young and Kim, giving the Tornado the set 30-28.

Fourth Set

  • Neither team was able to gain control of the fourth set as they traded blows the entire set.
  • Belmont Abbey had the first chance at set point, leading 24-22, but Kim came up with a kill for the Tornado.
  • Jack Sarnowski then evened the score with one of his two kills on the afternoon.
  • King had three chances a match point, but the Crusaders earned a side out each time.
  • Belmont Abbey scored the final three points to take the set 31-29.

Fifth Set

  • King started the final set on a roll as a Harris kill gave King a 4-1 lead.
  • The Crusaders came back to even the score at five before the Tornado went on a 6-1 run.
  • Kim had a kill on the spurt and Sarnowski and Florencio teamed up for a block on the run that gave King an 11-6 advantage.
  • A Kohlhase block gave King a chance at match point as the Tornado took the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

  • Young paced the Tornado with 11 points and 11 blocks (nine assists) for the double-double.
  • Kohlhase led the offense with 14 kills and nine digs to go along with three blocks.
  • Kim added 12 kills, eight digs and seven blocks.
  • Harris chipped in with eight kills, six digs and three blocks.
  • Constan Tolentino posted nine digs while Sarnowski handed out 43 assists and added eight digs and five blocks.

FOR THE FOES

  • Liam Maxwell led Belmont Abbey with 34 kills and 10 digs.
  • Andrew Kohut followed with 11 kills.
  • Kyle Ferguson posted nine blocks while Brennan Davis handed out 56 assists to go along with 10 digs and eight blocks.
  • Daniel Cerqua led the defense with 14 digs in the back row.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • The 20 blocks for the Tornado is a school record, topping the previous best of 19.5 that happened three times.
  • The 11 blocks for Young matches the school record set by Jon Wheaton a season ago.
  • The double-double for Young is the first of his career.
  • Kim's seven blocks sets a career-high, topping his previous best of six.

UP NEXT

  • King returns to the court on Friday when they take on rival Lees-McRae College at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center Complex.
  • Belmont Abbey travels to Lincoln Memorial University on Friday night.