Lewis 3, USC 0
Romeoville, Ill. - A marathon first set victory led the No. 8 Lewis University men's volleyball team to a 3-0 (42-40, 25-17, 25-16) win over No. 13 Southern California Friday (Feb. 2) in a nonconference match at Neil Carey Arena.
The win is the sixth straight for the Flyers, who move to 6-3 on the year, while the Trojans fall to 3-6.
In the epic first set, which is the third most points in a set in the rally scoring era for the Flyers, the two teams were tied at nine when Lewis went on a five-point run, highlighted by three aces from Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin).
USC battled back to take a 20-19 lead before Lewis came back to take a 24-21 lead on a kill by Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka).
The Trojans scored the next three points, setting up the dramatic finish. Overall Lewis had 10 set points, while USC had nine set points. At one point the Trojans had five set points between Lewis set points.
Lewis scored the final two points of the set on a kill by Coenen and a USC attack error.
The momentum from the first set win carried over the rest of the match for the Flyers.
In the second set, Lewis took control via a 10-3 run midway through the second set to open up a 19-10 lead. The run was highlighted by three kills from Coenen.
It was a 5-5 game in the third set when Lewis went on a 6-1 spurt to take an 11-6 lead, culminating with a block from Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo), Coenen and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington).
The Trojans answered with three straight points, but Lewis got the next three on three Trojan errors.
Lewis maintained its five-point lead until it finished the game on a 6-2 run.
Coenen led the Flyers with 20 kills, totaling a .621 hitting percentage (20 kills, 2 errors, 29 attacks). He also had six digs and three aces. Perinar added 10 kills with a .556 hitting percentage (10-0-18), while Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) had nine kills and a .727 hitting percentage (9-1-11).
Yoshimoto recorded 39 assists, three aces and eight digs, Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) had seven digs and Murray had five block assists.
Lewis hit .474 (45-8-78) for the match, while USC hit .238 (47-22-105). The Flyers had seven aces and 10.5 blocks for the match.
The Flyers are back at home Friday (Feb. 9) when they host Lindenwood at 7 PM.
Fort Wayne 3, Saint Francis 0
LORETTO, Pa. - The No. 15 Fort Wayne men's volleyball team tied the program's best start after moving to 8-0 with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-22) victory over the (RV) Saint Francis Red Flash on Friday (Feb. 2) in the Degol Arena. The 8-0 start is the second time that Fort Wayne had eight straight wins to open the season, the other coming in 2007.
Tony Price and Pelegrin Vargas led the 'Dons in the first set, having four kills each. The first set was full of runs. The Mastodons never led by more than four, and Saint Francis never led by more than two. Kolbie Knorr had seven of his career-high 13 digs in the first set. Fort Wayne held SFU to .000 hitting.
The second set was the best offensive period for the Mastodons, as they hit .382 for the set. The three-point run that moved the 'Dons to 20-14 was the largest lead of the set. Despite a three-point run by SFU to even the score at 23, the 'Dons took the final two points of the set after head coach Ryan Perrotte called a timeout. Colton Stone had five in the second set.
Saint Francis took the third due to hitting a better percentage than the Mastodons for the only set of the night. Price had five of his nine digs in the third.
The 'Dons came out hot in the final set, earning leads at 6-2, 8-3, 10-4 and 15-8. Stone's service early in the set had three consecutive blocks at the hands of Michael Keegan, Price and Richie Diedrich. Despite a late three-point run by the Red Flash, the 'Dons won two of the last three to take the match.
Fort Wayne ended the night with 56 assists on 58 kills. Keegan finished with his second double-double of the season and 10th of his career, earning 40 assists and 10 digs. Price led with 16 kills, followed by Stone and Vargas with 15 each. Diedrich and Tomas Gagohad five and four blocks respectively, followed by Price and Keegan who each had three.
This win keeps Fort Wayne among the undefeated, and Long Beach State is the only other team still without a loss after Charleston lost to Ohio State in three sets. Fort Wayne improves to 8-0, while Saint Francis falls to 5-6. Fort Wayne is back in action on Saturday for an afternoon date with No. 9 Penn State.
Ohio State 3, Charleston 0
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The No. 5 Ohio State University men's volleyball team (6-2) overpowered the previously unbeaten University of Charleston (3-1) with strong performances both offensively and defensively. The Buckeyes attacked .372 as a team while 10 team blocks paired with a +13 digs differential held the Golden Eagles to a .038 hitting percentage. Despite a valiant effort by Charleston in the third frame, Ohio State ended the night in three sets for the third straight outing (25-17, 25-9, 25-23).
Jakes Hanes and Maxime Hervoir handled the heavy lifting as Nicolas Szerszen took it easy, sitting out the last set and attempting just eight attacks on the evening. Hanes bounced a dozen kills attacking .241 while Hervoir contributed 11 kills at a .391 hitting clip. Blake Leeson and Szerszen were uber efficient in their limited offensive opportunities, posting attack stat lines of 6-1-9 (.556) and 5-1-8 (.500), respectively. Sanil Thomas directed the offensive onslaught, setting up 32 assists and smiting a pair of service aces for direct offensive output.
Thomas also matched Aaron Samarin with a team-high nine digs, followed closely by Szerszen's eight digs. Nick Laffin was a force at the net, getting in on five block assists.
SET 1: Thomas assisted on 14 of Ohio State's 15 kills in the opening frame, siding out at a 76% rate. The Buckeyes broke up a 7-7 tie and grabbed 18 of the final 28 points to go ahead with a 25-17 winner.
SET 2: It was all Buckeyes early and often in set number two. Ohio State strung together runs of 9-0, 5-0 and 4-0 during a 25-9 lambasting. Hervoir and Laffin teamed up for two blocks and Szerszen recorded two solo swats. The Buckeyes rolled offensively, too, attacking .440 to bury Charleston by 16 points.
SET 3: Despite owning their last lead at 1-0 in the third set and trailing by as many as seven points (16-9), the Golden Eagles never gave up. Charleston stormed back to within a lone tally at 23-22 and 24-23. Ultimately, Reese Devilbiss delivered the final blow (for the second straight match) though, closing it out 25-23 with a kill set up by Thomas.
The Scarlet & Gray compete again in less than 24 hours, rolling over to Fairfax, Va., for a another EIVA challenge at George Mason at 7 p.m. ET (Feb. 3).
Quincy 3, Lincoln Memorial 2
QUINCY, Ill. - The Quincy University men's volleyball team came back after a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters three sets to two Friday night (Feb. 2).
The Hawks and Railsplitters were evenly matched during the first set before the Hawks pulled away with a 20-16 lead late in the first set. Lincoln Memorial was able to extend the match despite facing set point at 24-22. The Railsplitters took the next two points to tie the set 24-24. With the Hawks leading 26-25, Lincoln Memorial scored the next three points to take the set 28-26.
QU and Lincoln Memorial sat tied a 12-12 midway through the second set. A 3-0 run by the Railsplitters gave Lincoln Memorial a 15-12 lead. The Railsplitters pushed their lead to 23-17. The Hawks scored back to back points to cut the lead to 23-19 but the Railsplitters responded and took the set 25-19.
The Hawks looked to extend the match to the fourth set with a third set win. QU jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third set. Four straight points for the Railsplitters tied the set at 7-7. QU took four of the next five points to grab an 11-8 lead.
Lincoln Memorial cut the lead to 12-11 in the third set. QU went on a 6-0 run to push the lead to 18-11. The Hawks held on for a comfortable 25-16 set win.
Both teams battled in the fourth set with neither team holding a lead larger than two points until the score read 18-18. QU scored seven of the last nine points to send the match to a decisive fifth set.
QU fell behind 8-5 in the fifth set. The Hawks scored the next eight points to take a 13-8 lead in the fifth set.
The Railsplittes would not go quietly, cutting the lead to 14-13. A service error by Lincoln Memorial gave the Hawks the match with a 15-13 set win.
Anthony Winter led the Hawks with 14 kills and Shane McAdams added 13 kills. Noah Randall finished with 27 assists for the Hawks.
QU is now 7-3 on the year and is back in action tomorrow against Judson University (Feb. 3) at 1 p.m. in Pepsi Arena.
Grand Canyon 3, Lindenwood 2
No. 10 Grand Canyon 3, Lindenwood 2 (19-25, 25-16, 25-19, 22-25, 14-16)
Friday, Feb. 2 | St. Charles, Mo. (Hyland Arena)
Lindenwood men's volleyball took No. 10 Grand Canyon to five sets in a thrilling 3-2 loss for the Lions. The Lions out-blocked the Lopes 19-7 and tallied nine aces while holding GCU to three. The defeat drops Lindenwood to 5-3 overall.
- The Grand Canyon match was Lindenwood's first five-set match of the year.
- Adam Brewster directed the attack with 49 assists in the match, a career high for the junior. His previous best was 43, set against Grand Canyon last season.
- Michael Jennings continued to swing well, leading the Lions with 20 kills.
- Lindenwood middle blockers Sam Schindler and Connor Hipelius were efficient, hitting .467 and .364, respectively.
- As a team, Lindenwood recorded 19 blocks, a season high. The Lions have never recorded 19 blocks in the 25-point rally scoring era. The last time Lindenwood recorded 19 blocks was on Feb. 12, 2000 when the Lions had 19 blocks against Park.
- Individually, Schindler had eight total blocks and Jennings had seven. Both are career highs.
- The Lions also had nine aces in the match, tying a season high set against Barton on Jan. 14.
The Lions are back in action at Hyland Arena tomorrow at 5 p.m. when they host Lincoln Memorial.
Penn State 3, Ball State 2
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Ball State men's volleyball team was unable to pick up their first road win of the season Friday night when they traveled to Penn State. The Cardinals fell to the ninth ranked Nittany Lions, 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-23, 10-15).
As a team, Ball State finished the contest with 49 kills, 29 digs, 9.0 team blocks and nine service aces.
Three Cardinals were able to tally double digit kills. Matt Szews led the way with 11 with Mitch Weiler and Blake Reardon each knocking down 10. Weiler had a team-high 10 digs, marking his first double-double of the season. He also had two blocks, two service aces and one assist. Matt Walsh added eight kills and Anthony Lebryk had seven. Lebryk also led the team with seven total blocks. Adam Wessel, Jake Romano and Szews were all able to post five digs apiece. Romano added 44 assists for the day.
The opening set saw 12 Ball State kills for a .333 hitting percentage. Reardon hit .500 and led the team with four kills in the set. Lebryk, Weiler, Szews and Walsh were all able to knock down two kills apiece. The Cardinals had two service aces, seven digs and three block assists in set one. With 16 total kills for a .600 hitting percentage, the Nittany Lions were able to take the first set, 25-21.
Set two started with three straight Penn State points, but eventually saw 11 tied scores and three lead changes. With Weiler's two service aces, five kills and .625 hitting percentage, the Cardinals were able to take the set, 25-21. Ball State was able to hold the Nittany Lions to a .190 hitting percentage in the set two victory.
The Cardinals hit for only .185 with 10 kills in the third set. Szews had five kills in the set along with two from Reardon and one apiece from Lebryk, Weiler and Walsh. Penn State was able to take the set, 25-19.
Ball State evened the score and forced a deciding set with a set four victory, 25-23. Ben Chinnici and Szews totaled six of the Cardinals' 13 kills with three apiece. Lebryk, Weiler and Walsh were able to add two kills each. Ball State finished the set with eight digs, six block assists and three service aces.
The fifth and final set saw four Walsh kills and one from Lebryk. The Cardinals also had four digs. After four tied scores and one lead change, the Nittany Lions were able to take set five with a score of 15-10 along with winning the match (3-2).
Penn State currently leads the all-time series, 63-27.
The Ball State men's volleyball team will be in action again tomorrow, Feb. 3 at Saint Francis. The Cardinals will take on the Red Flash at 7 p.m.