Crown Them: King upsets North Greenville in five games to win ConfCarolinas championship

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The epic postseason offensive run for outside attacker Warren Davis will continue into the NCAA Tournament.

Davis led all players with a season-high 29 kills as the No. 3 seed King upset the No. 1 seed North Greenville 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 30-32, 15-12 in the ConfCarolinas Tournament finals on Saturday in Bristol, Tennessee.

The junior capped off the performance with a game-high four kills in the decisive fifth game, including a kill to tie the game at 9-9 and jumpstart a 4-1 run. Davis had another kill late in the game to help King win the ConfCarolinas Tournament championship for the first time since 2018.

This was the second time in the ConfCarolinas Tournament that Davis had more than 20 kills. Davis in three postseason matches had a combined 70 kills and hit more than .275 in each match.


King in the victory out-hit North Greenville .280 to .237 and had a match-best .444 attack percentage in the decisive fifth game.

Wade was one of three King players to finish with double-digit kills. Outside attacker Jackson Carroll had 15 kills on a .404 attack percentage, while middle attacker Kellan Kennedy contributed 13 kills and hit a team-best .500.

Kennedy also led all players with a season-high 11 blocks. The middle attacker had three blocks in the second half of the final game to help the Tornado overcome an 8-5 deficit.

Michael de la Cruz in the loss led North Greenville with 20 kills on a .325 attack percentage. Middle attacker Emanuel Adames also had 16 kills and led all players with a .520 attack percentage against King.

North Greenville was attempting to become the first team to win back-to-back ConfCarolinas championships since the conference started receiving an NCAA Tournament automatic berth in 2014.

King as the ConfCarolinas automatic berth is projected to be the No. 7 seed and compete in the first opening round match, according to the latest Off the Block bracketology.