LORETTO, Pa. – Jeff Hogan (Northern Cambria, Pa./Northern Cambria) led the Saint Francis men's volleyball team with 20 kills, leading three players in double figures in a 3-1 victory over the King University (Tenn.) Tornado on Saturday night. The Flash won the match, 25-16, 20-25, 25-23 and 25-21.
With the win, the Flash improves to 11-6 on the season, while the Tornado fall to 5-17. SFU has won sixth consecutive games, their longest win streak since 2001.
"King really brought it today. I was happy to see our guys response the way they did because I knew King was going to give it their all," said head coach Mike Rumbaugh.
Hogan finished the match with 20 kills on 41 attempts finishing with a .317 hitting percentage while adding a team-high 14 digs. Stephen Braswell (Manchester, Pa./Northeastern) and Brandon Buck (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) added 16 and 12 kills, respectively. Daniel Ford (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) tallied 50 assists on the night.
King led early in the first set, SFU's first lead came at 11-10 after the Flash went on a 5-0 run. The Flash would control the rest of the set. A Hogan kill sealed the first set, 25-16.
Both teams exchanged leads throughout the set. The Tornado took the lead at 10-8, but the Flash rallied off five straight points to lead 12-10. With the Flash leading 15-13, the Tornado outscored Saint Francis 9-3 to lead 21-18. King would close out the second set with the final two points to win, 25-20.
The third set was a tight contest with SFU leading 10-7 after a Hogan kill. Again, King kept pace with Saint Francis and would tie the score at 14-14. The Tornado would close within on at 22-21, but a kill from Keith Kegerreis (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) shut the door on the third set, 25-23.
The fourth and final set was another close frame; King would pull ahead, 9-5 early. The Tornado would control the set until SFU tied the score at 19-19. The Flash would score four straight points to close out the fourth set, 25-21.
The Flash travel to No. 6 Penn State next Friday and Alderson Broaddus next Saturday. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.