MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- Mount Olive fell in three sets to the Tornado of King University in Conference Carolinas men's volleyball action on Saturday afternoon at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C. Luke Visgitis led the Trojan attack with 12 kills while his twin brother Eric Visgitis was close behind with 10.
Score: King 3 - Mount Olive 0 (25-22, 25-21, 26-24)
Records: Mount Olive (5-7, 5-2 CC), Tornado (7-5, 5-2 CC)
Location: Kornegay Arena | Mount Olive, N.C.
How It Happened
- The two teams went point for point to open the first set but Mount Olive gained a three-point cushion following back-to-back kills, one each from Nicolas Laxar and Jarrod Ferguson, and a solo block from Laxar to go up 9-5.
- The Tornado remained calm as they fought back to tie the score at 17 all following a 12-8 rally. The Trojans tallied six kills in the run.
- Mount Olive took a one-point lead twice but King knotted the score at 19 and then took their first lead of the set 21-19 following back-to-back UMO errors into a Mount Olive timeout.
- The Trojans kept within two points but could not get the ball to fall as the Tornado won set one 25-22.
- King scored four of the first six points pf the second set before Mount Olive went on an 8-1 rally that gave the Trojans 10-5 lead heading into a King timeout. Five kills, one block, and two service aces aided in the UMO rally.
- Following the timeout, the Tornado came back to tie the score at 11 all and forced the Trojans to call a timeout to regroup.
- The teams traded points back and forth following the break and saw the score knot up again at 20 all.
- King took a two-point lead that made UMO call their second timeout and the Tornado added a third point following the break to lead 23-20 late in the set.
- A King service error pulled the Trojans back within two points but back-to-back Tornado kills gave King a 25-21 set two win.
- The third set began as competitively as the first two and saw UMO take a two-point, 7-5 lead following a Luke Visgitis kill and a King error.
- KU went on a 7-1 rally that spanned a UMO timeout to lead 12-8 before the Trojans fought back to trail by one, 16-15, following a 7-4 spurt.
- Three straight points by the Tornado forced Mount Olive to call timeout as they trailed 19-15.
- UMO climbed back within a point of KU, 22-21, following a 6-3 run that made King call a timeout to stop the Trojan rally.
- Mount Olive knotted the score at 24 all but a UMO error and a King kill gave the Tornado a 26-24 set win and a 3-0 match win.
- The Visgitis brother totaled 22 kills for the Trojans of 48 total on the day.
- Nicolas Laxar tallied 42 assists while Joel Roberts recorded 11 digs.
- Jarrod Ferguson and Brad Monaghan each added eight kills to come up just shy of double digits.
Mount Olive is back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 19, as the team travels to the school in Wilson for a Conference Carolinas contest. The Trojans and Bulldogs will meet on the court for a first serve set for 7 P.M.