BANNER ELK, N.C. -- Grand Canyon (14-19) bounced back from a tough loss in the morning to earn an impressive five-set win in the afternoon at Lees-McRae College Williams Gymnasium Saturday.
Dropping a 3-1 decision to King College, GCU answered with a 3-2 win over Lees-McRae.
Against Lees-McRae, the Antelopes won 30-32, 31-29, 23-30, 33-31, 15-13.
Freshman libero Trent Bruns (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo) shattered his own record for digs in a match with 28. Bruns had set the mark with 23 digs against Limestone in January.
Frosh setter Brad Moore (Orange, Calif./Lutheran) also broke the mark for assists in a match with 67. He had 65 earlier in the season against Cal Baptist.
Down 29-28 in the second set and on the verge of going down 2-0, sophomore Taylor Griffin (Tucson, Ariz./Ironwood Ridge) had a kill to tie it and GCU took advantage of two Lees-McRae attack errors to even the sets 1-1.
To win the fourth set and take a 2-1 lead, GCU got a pair of kills from sophomore Brock Hutchins (Gilbert, Ariz./Highland/Hawai'i) to wrap up the match. Hutchins also had the decider to end the match. He finished with a team-high 22 kills (.333) and had 13 digs.
GCU set a new team mark for digs in a match with 75.
Freshman Tyler Capko (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) had 18 kills. Sophomore Nick Jensen (Herning, Denmark/Ikast Gymnasium/NJIT) had 10 kills, two solo blocks and two block assists. Griffin finished with 10 kills and Moore added 10 digs.
Grand Canyon lost to King College in the morning 32-30, 25-30, 30-18, 30-22. Hutchins had 13 kills. Freshman Robbie Brannick (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) had 35 assists. Bruns had 11 digs.
GCU travels to UCLA Wednesday and USC Thursday for its next matches.