Ohio State 3, McKendree 1
LEBANON, Ill. -- The No. 9 Ohio State University men's volleyball team (12-4, 5-2 MIVA) shook off a 26-24 setback to start the night by charging back to take the next three sets in a road victory at McKendree (6-9, 3-4 MIVA). Ohio State sandwiched a tight 25-23 third set with a pair of lopsided ledgers of 25-15 and 25-12 in the second and fourth frames, respectively. The Buckeyes never trailed after set number one.
Sanil Thomas averaged a whopping 13.0 assists per set, guiding the Buckeye attack to a .405 team hitting efficiency. Maxime Hervoir and Jake Hanes combined for 46.5 points, each contributing tallies on the attack, from the service stripe and defensively at the net. Hervoir paced all players at 24 points, terminating 20 kills at a .548 (20-3-31) rate to go along with three aces and a pair of block assists. Hanes was responsible for 22.5 points on 18 kills (.455 hitting percentage), three aces and three block assists. He and Hervoir both recorded double-doubles by adding 10 or more digs. Hanes' 13 digs were matched by Aaron Samarin for the team high.
Not to be outdone, Blake Leeson's eight kills on 14 error-free attempts produced a match-best .571 hitting efficiency. And Nicolas Szerszen made an impact as well, good for 11 kills and nine digs.
SET 1: Nearly identical box scores appeared for both teams in the evening's opening set. The statistical symmetry was reflected in the set score, too, spilling past 25 points. Following 14 tied scores and four lead changes, McKendree ultimately put the set away as 26-24 victors. That would mark the final upper hand of the night for the Bearcats, however.
SET 2: A kill from Hanes to start the set handed the ball over to Szerszen at the service line. It was a long stay, rattling off the next seven points to go ahead 8-0. The final three points of the 8-0 spurt all came via Hervoir kills. Ohio State rolled to a 25-15 equalizer. Standing at 6-foot-10, Hanes managed to dig seven balls in the second stanza.
SET 3: Hervoir kept it coming in the third, bouncing all seven attack attempts for kills. Despite another two-point margin in the final score, 25-23, the Bearcats never mustered an edge throughout the entire set. Each of the five times McKendree pulled even within the first 20 rallies, including the final occurrence at 10-10, they were met by a Buckeye point to regain the lead. Hanes delivered the final dagger to cap it 25-23.
SET 4: Hervoir delivered three service aces while watching Hanes demolish eight kills on nine attempts and Leeson going a perfect 4-for-4 on the attack in the 25-12 clincher. Ohio State overpowered the Bearcats en route to a .652 attacking clip. McKendree burned timeouts at 7-3 and 14-6, but couldn't cool off the smoldering OSU offense.
Same place, same time Saturday night for the Buckeyes taking on McKendree again at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
Lewis 3, Lincoln Memorial 0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The seventh ranked Lewis Flyer men's volleyball team bounced back from its loss on Wednesday at Loyola with a sweep of Lincoln Memorial (25-16, 25-16, 25-10) on Friday evening at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers (12-5) hit .421 in the match and held the Railsplitters (6-7) to .041 attack percentage.
Lewis used a 10-2 run early in the first set to break it open. Jake Walenga (Frankfort, IL/Lincoln Way North) had two kills in the run while Dalen Instenes (Racine, WI/William Horlick), Danny Maurer (Oviedo, FL/Hagerty) and Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) had one kill apiece. LMU got as close as six points in the set but the Flyers scored five of the next seven points to stretch the lead back to eight and would go onto win 25-16.
Lewis forced the Railsplitters into nine attack errors and had seven total blocks in the frame. Walenga, Instenes and Maurer each had three kills in the set as the Flyers hit .385 percent.
The second set featured eight ties and three lead changes before Lewis began to pull away with an 11-1 run to erase an 11-9 deficit. Instenes had two kills and an ace in the run while Moses and Ryan Van Loo (Burbank, CA/John Burroughs) had a kill each. Lincoln Memorial wouldn't get closer than six the rest of the frame as the Flyers won 25-16 to take a commanding 2-0 lead.
The third set was tied at 6-6 when Lewis broke loose thanks to a 13-2 run. Instenes, Moses and Nick Vander Zanden (Tinley Park, IL/Andrew) combined for five kills in the set changing run. The Railsplitters cut the deficit to 22-10 after a kill from AJ Risavy but the Flyers scored the final three points of the match to complete the sweep.
Instenes and Moses led Lewis with 10 kills each while Walenga added seven and Vander Zanden finished with six. Van Loo had 30 assists in the match and Walenga had eight digs. Van Loo and Vander Zanden had four total blocks each.
Evan Cory led Lincoln Memorial with eight kills while Pedro Carvalho had seven. Risavy dished out 22 assists and Cory and Logan Kerley had five digs apiece.
The Flyers are back at home on Saturday evening to take on the King Tornado at 7 p.m. at Neil Carey Arena.
Loyola 3, King 1
Led by four players in double figures in kills, No. 6 Loyola University Chicago picked up a 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 25-21 victory over visiting King tonight inside Gentile Arena. With the win, the Ramblers improve to 14-3 overall (6-1 MIVA), while King drops to 11-4.
How It Happened
Loyola jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the opening set after a kill by Ricky Gevis that was followed by a Colin Mahan service ace. With the Rambler lead sitting at 11-8, Garrett Zolg fed Jeff Jendryk to spark a 5-1 spurt for the Maroon & Gold that pushed the margin to 16-9 as Loyola cruised to a 25-16 victory in the first set.
Both teams struggled to gain separation as part of a back-and-forth second set. With the Ramblers holding on to a slim 14-13 edge, King used a 5-1 run of its own that was punctuated by a Nick Drooker service ace to surge in front, 18-15, and force a Rambler timeout. With the Tornado threatening to even up the match at a set apiece, leading by a count of 23-21, Loyola rattled off four unanswered points, the last of which came on a block by Jendryk and Ryan Jamison, to pull off a 25-23 triumph.
The third set followed a similar script to that of the second early on, with both teams jostling for position. A 3-0 King spurt gave the visitors a 12-9 edge and prompted a Rambler timeout. Loyola answered back, evening the score at 14-14 on kill from Collin Mahan. The visitors refused to go away quietly on the night as they finished the frame with a flurry, closing out a 25-21 win following a kill from Adam Krzos to force a fourth set.
Loyola looked to take control early on, with Gevis' second ace of the evening helping send the Ramblers out to a 5-1 lead. The Tornado roared back behind the serving of Drooker to pull level at 11 all. Another Gevis hammer reestablished a three-point edge for Loyola, 15-12. King continued to hang around, battling back to within one at 18-17, but the Ramblers would prove to be too much, wrapping up a 25-21 victory on Mahan's 15th kill of the night.
Looking At The Numbers
- Mahan paced the Rambler attack with his aforementioned 15 kills to go along with a team-high 10 digs, while Jendryk (12), Jamison (10) and Kyle Piekarski (10) also all reached double figures.
- Zolg handed out a game-high 52 assists.
- Jeff Sprayberry led King with 15 kills.
Loyola looks to keep rolling tomorrow night when it wraps up a three-match homestand against Lincoln Memorial at 7 p.m.
Fort Wayne 3, Alderson Broaddus 1
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Fort Wayne men's volleyball team took a 3-1 (25-17, 19-25, 25-18, 25-20) victory over the Alderson Broaddus Battlers on Friday (March 2) on Arnie Ball Court.
The Battlers battled in the first set until a 12-11 Mastodon lead, but the 'Dons went on a 10-2 run to follow. ABU could not respond, as Fort Wayne took the third available set point. Pelegrin Vargas was a perfect 5-0-5 for the opening set.
Alderson Broaddus opened the second set with an 11-3 run. Fort Wayne had a four-point run behind Frederico Santos' serve in response. ABU had five straight points to follow, and the Mastodons would not get closer than five the rest of the way. Vargas had five more kills in the second.
Fort Wayne and ABU were knotted up early in the third set, and the Battlers led 10-7. Five straight by the Mastodons put the 'Dons up 12-10. Fort Wayne ended the frame on a 4-1 run. Colton Stone had seven kills on nine swings to lead the 'Dons on the offensive side, while Tony Price and Austin Gerwig had five and four blocks respectively in the third.
Back and forth runs to start the fourth set ended up putting the Mastodons up 17-12. This included four straight under Price's service. Fort Wayne hovered around this five-point lead for the rest of the set, with Stone having five of his kills in the fourth.
Price finished with eight blocks, a career-high. Stone finished with 15 kills on 23 attempts for a .565 percentage with a service ace. Vargas had 17 kills for a .375 clip and also had an ace. Santos led on the defensive end with nine digs and five blocks.
Fort Wayne moves to 12-4 on the year, while Alderson Broaddus falls to 3-12. The Mastodons are back in action on Saturday (March 3) at 3 p.m. when they host Loras.
MSOE 3, Quincy 0
QUINCY, Ill. - The Quincy University men's volleyball team fell in straight sets to the Milwaukee School of Engineering Friday afternoon (Mar. 2). The Hawks fell 25-22, 25-19, 25-16.
The Raiders hit .359 in their three-set win over the Hawks and committed just 12 attack errors in the match. The Hawks led 12-11 in the first set before the Raiders took 8 of the next 10 points to grab a 19-14 lead. The Raiders defeated the Hawks 25-22 in the opening set.
The Hawks again held the early lead in set two at 5-3. The Raiders took 14 of the next 17 points to hold a 17-9 lead over the Hawks. QU cut the lead to 20-15 but were unable to overcome the deficit and fell in set two 25-19.
In the third set, the Hawks trailed 16-15, battling to try and extend the match to the fourth set. An 8-0 run by the Raiders gave MSOE a 24-15 lead. The Hawks fell in the third set 25-16.
Anthony Winter led the Hawks with nine kills and Noah Randall added 13 assists.
The Hawks have a pair of matches tomorrow (Mar. 3) against Clarke University and Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee.
QU sits at 8-10 on the year and will return home next Tuesday against Lindenwood (Mar. 6).