A freshman had the nation’s biggest offensive performance of the season and brought Fort Valley State within points of its biggest win in program history.
Outside attacker Isaiah Fedd finished with 33 kills on a .545 attack percentage as Fort Valley State lost to King 23-25, 25-22, 29-27, 17-25, 19-17 on Friday in Fort Valley, Georgia.
Fedd had a game-high eight kills in the decisive fifth game that the second-year SIAC program had opportunities to win. The Wildcats (0-3, 0-0 SIAC) failed to convert on three match-points before losing on an attack error from Fedd – the freshman’s only attack error in the game.
This performance from Fedd tied for the fifth-most kills during a NCAA men’s volleyball match since 2019 and was the most kills in a single-match this season. It also was the third consecutive match to start the season that Fedd had at least 15 kills.
Despite the loss, setter Justin Yates had 64 assists and guided the offense to out-hit King .382 to .318.
Fedd was one of three Fort Valley State players to have double-digit kills in its third straight loss to open the season. Jamil Scott had 14 kills, while Jaxon Hicks added 12 kills on a .455 attack percentage.
King setter Jack Sarnowski had 64 assists – one assist shy of tying the program’s single-match record. The Tornado with King running the offense in the final game did not commit an error and hit a match-best .591 to secure the non-conference victory.
Kellan Kennedy had four kills during the fifth-game overtime and finished with 17 kills on a team-best .577 attack percentage.
Along with Kennedy, outside attacker Jackson Carroll had a team-high 21 kills and outside attacker Warren Davis contributed 19 kills on a .361 attack percentage.
Warren also led King (3-7, 0-0 ConfCArolinas) with 14 digs.
This is the second fifth-game victory for the Tornado in a span of four days after losing seven of their first eight matches to open the season. King limited Tusculum to a .043 attack percentage in the decisive game of its non-conference win on Tuesday.