1/5 - Friday Recap

1/5 - Friday Recap

Fort Wayne 3, Emmanuel 0
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Thanks to a balanced attack by the Fort Wayne men's volleyball team, the Mastodons took a 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-20) sweep of the Emmanuel Lions on Friday (Jan. 5) on Arnie Ball Court. Three Mastodons had above a .400 hitting percentage on the night.

The Mastodons came out on fire, rattling off seven straight points, which was capped off by Colton Stone's ace. Stone's hot night would continue, as he finished with 13 kills, two aces, two blocks and three digs, all while hitting .647 on the night. Stone led a 6-0 run later in the set that would stretch the lead to 19-6 in the first set. The Mastodons hit .571 in the first set.

Stone had another serving stretch in the second set to push the 'Dons to early 8-3 lead. This was followed shortly after by a run on Tony Price's service that moved the 'Dons up eight at the 12-4 mark. The 'Dons would continue their hot hitting, finishing the set with a .522 hitting clip.

The third set was more back and forth early on, as the score was tied at 10. Michael Keegan's service would get the 'Dons five points up just a few moments later. This lead would continue until the final point was scored.

Price finished the night with nine kills, while Pelegrin Vargas has five digs with 11 kills and a .421 hitting percentage on the night. Richie Diedrich had six kills for a .455 clip. Keegan dished out 33 assists and also earned five digs and three blocks. Kolbie Knorr earned his first career start as a Mastodon, earning six digs in his debut. Fort Wayne finished with a .419 team hitting percentage. Emmanuel was held to .180 hitting, and only 23 kills compared to Fort Wayne's 42.

Fort Wayne moves to 1-0 to start the season. Emmanuel falls to 0-1. Fort Wayne has another match against a Conference Carolinas team on Saturday (Jan. 6) at 7 p.m. when Lees-McRae visits Arnie Ball Court.

Ball State 3, Lees-McRae 0
MUNCIE, Ind. – The 14th ranked Ball State men's volleyball team started the 2018 season with a big 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-10) victory over Lees-McRae Friday evening.

The Cardinals were led by freshman outside attacker Ben Chinnici. The newcomer tallied a team high 16 kills for a .609 hitting percentage in his college debut. Chinnici also added seven digs, one assist and one block assist. Senior Matt Walsh racked up 14 kills and six block assists. Junior transfer David Siebum had eight kills while Mitch Weiler added five. Setter Courtland Scharenborg tallied 35 assists in the contest.

In the opening set, the Cardinals posted a .406 hitting percentage compared to Lees-McRae's .241 hitting percentage. Chinnci marked five kills and a .714 hitting percentage. Walsh also had five kills, including the set winning point. Ball State took the set, 25-19.

The set two win (25-16) was highlighted once again by the power of Ball State, tallying 15 kills. The Cardinals added eight digs and 14 block assists in the second set. Chinnici and Walsh each recorded five kills again in set two. Siebum added four kills while Anthony Lebryk added one.

Ball State started set three with six straight points with three Walsh kills, two Weiler kills and a Bobcat error. The Cardinals boasted an impressive .696 hitting percentage and 17 kills. The match ended with a set three 25-10 victory.

The Ball State men's volleyball team will be home again tomorrow Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals will be taking on Emmanuel College.

UC Irvine 3, Lewis 0
Provo, Ut. - The No. 6 Lewis University men's volleyball team fell to No. 7 UC Irvine 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-21) Friday (Jan. 5) in its season opener at Smith Fieldhouse on the campus of Brigham Young University.

The Flyers (0-1) were paced by Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin), who finished with 15 kills, five digs and 16 points, leading the team in all three categories. He had a.423 hitting percentage (15 kills,4 errors, 26 attacks) in the match.

Kyle Bugee (Los Altos, CA/Homestead) added seven kills for Lewis, while Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) had three block assists each. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) tallied 16 assists and Ryan Van Loo (Burbank, CA/John Burroughs) added 12 assists.

Lewis hit .218 (35-16-87) for the match, while UC Irvine (1-0) hit .412 (42-9-80). The Flyers had six total blocks and 26 digs for the match.

The Flyers return to Smith Fieldhouse Saturday (Jan. 6) for a meeting with No. 3 BYU at 7 PM MT (8 CT).

UC San Diego 3, McKendree 2
Despite outhitting the Tritons from the University of California at San Diego, the McKendree men's volleyball team fell in five sets on Friday night at the John Wooden Center on the campus of UCLA.

Freshman Patrick Ross and senior Nolan Rueter both recorded 16 kills to lead the Bearcats offensively, and also combined for 15 total digs. Middle blocker Brendan Schmidt (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West) hit .333 with 12 kills, and collected five total blocks on the night.

Red-shirt freshman outside hitter Ethan Carroll put down 11 kills in his first appearance for McKendree. Setter Pasquale Fiduccia contributed 59 assists and seven digs, while libero Zach Thompson compiled seven digs of his own.

A kill from Alec Flowers gave the Tritons an early 12-6 lead in the first set. McKendree rallied, outscoring its opponent 16-10 to tie the set at 22 all. UCSD grabbed the last three points of the first to take the set, 25-22.

In a back-and-forth second set, the Bearcats tied the score at 20-20 with a kill from outside hitter Patrick Ross. They then scored five of the next seven points to tie the match at one set all, following a put away from middle blocker Brendan Schmidt (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West).

The Bearcats earned two set points in the third set, but were unable to capitalize, as the Tritons prevailed in nail-biting fashion, 29-27.

In the fourth set, McKendree strung together four points in a row, creating a 17-12 advantage. An attack error by UCSD gave the fourth to the Bearcats, 25-21, forcing a decisive fifth set.

Both teams went on 4-0 scoring runs in the fifth, but the Tritons pulled out the victory, winning the set by a final score of 15-13.

The Bearcats (0-2) return to the John Wooden Center tomorrow night, as they will face the #4 UCLA Bruins at 7:30 pm PST.

Loyola 3, BYU 2

In Short
Despite having seven players under the weather with flu-like symptoms, No. 13 Loyola University Chicago (1-0) earned a huge season-opening victory by outlasting No. 3 BYU, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-12 tonight at Smith Fieldhouse. Playing his first match at opposite, junior Dane Leclair had a career night in a true team victory, tallying 15 kills, seven digs and seven blocks, as the Ramblers hit .339 for the match. 

How It Happened
Loyola showed no ill effects in set one, earning a 25-22 victory, as it hit .423 (14-3-26) with seven blocks. Collin Mahan tallied four of his 13 kills on the night in the first set, while LeClair tallied three kills and three blocks. Loyola stormed out to a 14-8 lead before BYU closed the gap, but the Ramblers held on for a 25-22 decision.

BYU used a 5-1 run to open up a 14-10 lead in set two and take control of play. Loyola refused to go down without a fight however, and a kill from Jeff Jendryk capped a 3-0 spurt that brought the Ramblers within a point, at 17-16. But, after the teams traded scores, the Cougars tallied consecutive points to push their lead back to three points and the Ramblers never got closer than two the remainder of the set.

Loyola took charge of set three thanks to a 6-2 run that featured three kills from Paul Narup, to turn a 9-all tie into a 13-9 lead. BYU trimmed the Ramblers' lead and got within 19-17, but back-to-back kills from Mahan and Leclair provided some cushion and Loyola would close out a 25-20 victory on freshman Thomas Kovanic's first career kill.

Set four was a back-and-forth battle, with neither team leading by more than two points the entire set. A block by Jendryk and Garrett Zolg drew the Ramblers even at 23, but the Cougars tallied the final two points of the set for a 25-23 victory that forced a fifth set.

After BYU opened the scoring in set five, Loyola tallied the next two points to grab the lead and never looked back on the way to a 15-12 victory that gave the Ramblers their first-ever win over the Cougars in Provo. Loyola saw a 10-7 lead get whittled down to a single tally (10-9), but a Narup kill followed by a Cougar hitting error pushed the lead back to three and gave the Ramblers control.

A Look At The Numbers
- Leclair hit .538 (15-1-26) on the evening.
- Mahan contributed 13 kills, six digs and a pair of aces, while Narup, who hit a whopping .857 (12-0-14), matched a career high with 12 kills to go with seven blocks.
- Zolg was impressive in his first collegiate match, dishing out 46 assists and adding 13 digs and three blocks.
- Jendryk put up six kills and eight rejections, and Ryan Jamison, who was making his first career start, collected seven kills and six blocks.
- This marks the first time since 2014, when it knocked off No. 1 UC Irvine in five sets, that Loyola has opened a season with a victory over a top-five team. It also is the highest-ranked team the Ramblers have ever defeated on the road in a season opener.
- Gabi Garcia Fernandez led BYU with 23 kills.


Up Next
Loyola has little time to enjoy the win as it returns to action tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Central when it battles No. 7 UC Irvine, which took down No. 6 Lewis in three sets earlier tonight.