King 3, McKendree 1
UCLA 3, McKendree 0
On the final day of the 2018 Wooden Classic Tournament, the McKendree Bearcats (0-4) faltered twice, dropping a 3-1 decision against the King University Tornados, and getting swept the host school, #4 nationally ranked UCLA.
In their first match against King University, freshman Patrick Ross once again led the Bearcat offense, recording 15 kills in the match. Seniors Nolan Rueter and Brendan Schmidt (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West) combined for 21 total kills, with Rueter hitting .304.
Senior setter Pasquale Fiduccia and sophomore transfer Jorge Collazo both contributed a team-high seven digs, with Fiduccia picking up 45 assists. Junior libero Zach Thompson collected six digs in the losing effort.
King used an 8-2 scoring run in the first set to open-up an early seven point advantage, on their way to a 25-18 victory.
The Bearcats rebounded in the second with a 25-18 win, thanks in large part to a nine kill performance by outside hitter Patrick Ross.
The Tornados scored three straight points to end the third set, in which they prevailed 25-23, taking a 2-1 set lead in the match.
McKendree found themselves up 20-16 in the must-win fourth set, however King grabbed the next six points to take the lead away from the Bearcats. They would keep that momentum going, winning the set 26-24, sealing the victory.
In their second match of the day, red-shirt freshman Ethan Carroll picked up a team-high seven kills, hitting .500, while red-shirt senior Brendan Schmidt (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West) hit .857 with six kills and three total blocks.
Junior libero Zach Thompson led the Bearcats on defense, collecting a season high 11 digs. Freshman outside hitter Patrick Ross recorded 5 kills, 2 digs and 2 total blocks in the 3-0 defeat against the Bruins.
The Bearcats built a 15-12 lead in the first set, however the Bruins roared back, scoring five straight points. On its second set point, UCLA got a game clinching kill from red-shirt senior Oliver Martin to take the 1-0 overall lead.
The Bruins used a couple of 3-0 scoring runs late in the second to take the set 25-22. Senior outside hitter Jake Arnitz led UCLA with six kills, which included the final point of the set, giving them a two-set advantage.
UCLA completed a sweep of the Bearcats, finally cashing in on its fifth set point of the third. Four different Bearcat attackers recorded kills in the set, despite dropping it by a score of 29-27.
The Bearcats will now head to Nashville, TN for the inaugural Grow the Game Challenge. They will play against the Limestone College Saints on Jan. 12 and the Lincoln Memorial University Rail Splitters on Jan. 13.
UC Irvine 3, Loyola 1
Collin Mahan drilled a team-high 14 kills and three-time AVCA All-American Jeff Jendryk added 10, but it wasn't enough as No. 7 UC Irvine (2-0) slipped past No. 13 Loyola University Chicago tonight at Smith Fieldhouse, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22. With the loss, the Ramblers fall to 1-1 on the season.
How It Happened
Loyola trailed 12-11 in the opener before a kill from Mahan ignited an 8-3 run that culminated with a stop by Paul Narup that put the Ramblers on top, 19-15. UC Irvine got within two points on four occasions from that point forward, but Loyola had an answer each time, finally closing out a 25-22 victory on a kill by Jendryk.
Mahan gave the Ramblers a 6-5 advantage with his second kill of set two, but from there, UCI reeled off five of the next six tallies to grab a 10-7 lead it would never relinquish. Loyola got within two, at 12-10, on an errant Anteater serve, but UC Irvine would record three of the next four points to stretch its lead to 15-11 and never look back en route to a 25-19 decision.
Loyola put itself in a hole early in set three, falling behind 6-1 and later, 13-4, before rallying to make things interesting. Trailing 15-7, the Ramblers would work their way back into the set by notching six of the next seven points to close the gap to 16-13. UC Irvine would push its lead back up to five (22-17) before consecutive kills from Kyle Piekarski and Kyler Kotsakis opened up a 3-0 spurt that got the Ramblers within striking distance at 22-20. The teams then traded the next four points before a Rambler attack error ended the comeback.
UCI took control of the fourth set by tallying four unanswered points to open up a 19-13 lead. Loyola would chip away at the deficit and consecutive kills from Ryan Jamison, Mahan and Kotsakis brought the Ramblers within two points (24-22), but a kill from Kyle Apfelbach slammed the door on the rally, giving the Anteaters a 25-22 victory.
A Look At The Numbers
Freshman Garrett Zolg recorded his second double-double in as many matches, finishing with 40 assists and 13 digs.
Jendryk hit .444 (10-2-18) on the night, while Narup had another solid performance, hitting .625 (6-1-8).
In addition to his team-high 14 kills, Mahan added nine digs, while Dane Leclair pitched in 11 digs.
Apfelbach led UC Irvine with 22 kills.
The Ramblers play their 2018 home opener on January 12 when they welcome George Mason to Gentile Arena.
Fort Wayne 3, Lees-McRae 0
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Overcoming a slow start, the Fort Wayne men's volleyball team took a 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-18) sweep over the Lees-McRae Bobcats on Saturday (Jan. 6) on Arnie Ball Court.
The first set was close throughout, but the Mastodons never trailed, despite never leading by more than three. Tony Price had five kills in the first set, but the team only hit .207.
The Mastodons started to heat up in the second set, garnering a .300 hitting percentage as a team. Colton Stone and Richie Diedrich had four kills each, and Pelegrin Vargas had five. The Bobcats led 12-10 in the set, but would not lead again after the 'Dons went on a 14-3 run to lead 24-15. This was in large part due to six straight serves from Diedrich. The Mastodons held the Bobcats to a -.033 hitting clip in the second set.
The hot hitting continued into the final set of the night, when the 'Dons hit a blistering .600, with only one attack error. Alex Dickmann came off the bench in the third, and ended his night 6-0-8 (.750). Vargas continued to spark Fort Wayne, finishing with 11 kills, 10 of which were in the last two sets. He finished with a .409 percentage. The 'Dons went on a 12-4 run early in the final set to take a lead that they would not give up. The straight-set match clocked in at just one hour and 10 minutes.
Fort Wayne finished with a .357 team hitting percentage. The Mastodons only hit at this clip or better in three matches last season.
Fort Wayne starts the season 2-0 for the first time since 2014, while Lees-McRae falls to 0-2. The Mastodons hit the road next week for a Friday/Saturday (Jan. 12-13) pair of matches on the east coast, when they visit Princeton and NJIT.
Ball State 3, Emmanuel 0
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men's volleyball team picked up its second win of the season with a sweep (25-16, 25-15, 25-12) of Emmanuel Saturday night.
The Cardinals racked up an impressive 41 kills in the three sets for a .429 hitting percentage. Ball State also posted 38 assists, 31 digs, 14 blocks and 10 service aces.
Ben Chinnici led the Cardinals again with 12 kills, four digs and 1 assist. Matt Szews added 10 kills, three block assists and one dig. Nick LaVanchy and Courtland Scharenborg both led Ball State with five digs. Scharenborg also added a match high 29 assists.
In the opening set, the Cardinals took the first four points on two Matt Walsh kills, a Mitch Weiler kill and a Lion error. Emmanuel was only able to pull within three for the rest of the first set. Ball State had 14 kills for a .565 hitting percentage. Szews and Walsh each tallied a set high four kills. Szews was a perfect 4-for-4 in the opening set. Walsh once again had a set winning kill.
The beginning of the second set proved to be more of a challenge for the Cardinals. The Lions struck first in set two and stuck with Ball State until 11-11. After the 11-11 mark the Cardinals were able to pull away and take set two, 25-15. Chinnici and Szews each led the set with six kills.
The closing set was all Ball State from the beginning. The set was highlighted by seven service aces. Freshman Ryan Dorgan had his first career service ace. Jake Romano tallied a set high three service aces while Anthony Lebryk added two. The Cardinals won the match on a Lemuel Turner service ace in set three.
The 14th ranked Ball State men's volleyball team will return to action next weekend against two top 10 opponents. The Cardinals will take on No 3. BYU on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Worthen Arena. On Saturday, Jan. 13, Ball State will welcome the eighth ranked Stanford Cardinal to Muncie at 7:30 p.m.
BYU 3, Lewis 1
Provo, Ut. - The No. 6 ranked Lewis University men's volleyball team fell to No. 3 Brigham Young University 3-1 (25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-15) Saturday (Jan. 6) in a nonconference match at Smith Fieldhouse.
Lewis was led by Kyle Bugee (Los Altos, CA/Homestead), who recorded 11 kills and four digs. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) added nine kills, Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) had seven kills and Dalen Instenes (Racine, WI/William Horlick) added six kills.
Ryan Van Loo (Burbank, CA/John Burroughs) added 26 assists and five digs. Jake Walenga (Frankfort, IL/Lincoln Way North) recorded 31 serve receives.
The Flyers hit .170 (40 kills-24 errors-94 attacks) for the match, while BYU hit .410 (46-12-83). BYU had 10 blocks for the match to 3.5 from Lewis.
Lewis moves to 0-2 on the year, while the Cougars go to 1-1 on the season.
The Flyers begin a nine-match home stand when they welcome Long Beach Friday (Jan. 12) to Neil Carey Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7 PM
Ohio State 3, North Greenville 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A baker's dozen worth of Buckeyes saw action in the first contest of 2018, each contributing to a 25-13, 25-18, 25-21 win over North Greenville University. Head coach Pete Hanson was able to dispatch a different 'starting 6' in all three sets, getting a look at multiple combinations of players. Only four Buckeyes took the floor in all three sets.
Reese Devilbiss paced the squad with 11 kills overall, attacking .500 on 18 attempts. Nicolas Szerszen was excellent in his two sets played as well, converting on seven of 10 attack attempts and digging a team-high eight balls. The evening's most impressive stat arguably came from 6-foot-10 redshirt freshman Jake Hanes, however, as the big fella got down for six digs in his two sets.
Christy Blough, the program's starting setter for the past three and a half seasons and current volunteer assistant coach, watched his protégé Sanil Thomas dish out 32 assists on the night while also picking up seven digs. From the middle, Blake Leeson was responsible for five kills of eight error-free swings (.625) with three blocks; and fifth-year senior Nick Laffin turned his first career start into four kills and a stuff.
As a team, Ohio State attacked .364 while limiting the Crusaders to a .149 offensive clip. The Buckeyes recorded advantageous statistical comparisons of 41-22 kills, and 31-18 digs.