3/3 - Saturday Recap

3/3 - Saturday Recap

Ohio State 3, McKendree 0
LEBANON, Ill. – The No. 9 Ohio State University men's volleyball team (14-3, 6-2 MIVA) registered its second win in as many nights at McKendree University (6-10, 3-5 MIVA). The Buckeyes surrendered the very first point of the night, but then never trailed again for the remainder of the evening in a three-set victory (25-20, 25-19, 25-19).

Maxime Hervoir enjoyed his stay in Lebanon, averaging 4.86 kills per set while attacking .528 for the weekend. He also dug 2.14 balls/set in a solid defensive effort. On Saturday, the senior outside hitter buried 14 kills at a .500 clip (14-3-22) and tallied five digs. He was flanked offensively by Blake Leeson in the middle, delivering eight kills on 10 swings. Leeson was also a part of five blocks (1s, 4a) and added a service ace for a dozen points.

Sanil Thomas elevated his season assists averaged above 11 per set after a 38-assist performance in the weekend's second match. Aaron Samarin posted solid numbers, too, picking up a match-high nine digs.

SET 1: As mentioned above, the Bearcats went ahead 1-0 in the opening set. A landslide of seven straight Buckeye points followed to push OSU ahead for the rest of the evening. Ohio State would go on to lead by as many as eight points before closing its out 25-20.

SET 2: Thomas spread the wealth in set number two, connecting with four different attacks for kills. Jake Hanes, Hervoir, Leeson and Nicolas Szerszen bounced four kills apiece in a 25-19 winner.

SET 3: As the offense sputtered a bit in the third, Ohio State's defense shined bright. The Buckeyes rejected McKendree four times and limited them to an .061 team hitting efficiency. Another 7-0 run midway through the frame ultimately closed the door in an eventual 25-19 closer for the Scarlet & Gray.

Ohio State will now take a week off from formal competition before returning to action march 16-17 at Penn State and Saint Francis.

Fort Wayne 3, Loras 0
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Behind Alex Dickmann's 12 kills, the Fort Wayne men's volleyball team sped past Loras in a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-18, 25-15) in a Saturday afternoon match on Arnie Ball Court.

The first set was back and forth early, but the Mastodons went on an 11-3 run to open up a 20-13 lead. This run ended in five straight under Pelegrin Vargas' service. The 'Dons took the final two points of the set behind kills from Frederico Santos and Vargas. The San Juan, P.R. native had five kills to match Alex Dickmann's five in the opening set. Santos had five digs to

Dickmann continued with four kills in the second set to lead Fort Wayne. The 'Dons jumped out to an 11-6 lead with a pair of blocks by Max Hansen, Vargas and Santos. The Blue and White went on a 4-1 run to end the set.

Loras took a 6-3 lead for the start of the final set, but the 'Dons went on a 17-6 run to open up the biggest lead of the set. Austin Neace earned an ace to move it to 24-15, then Austin Gerwig finished the match with his eighth kill of the day.

Dickmann led the team with his 12 kills for a .308 average and dug out four balls. Santos earned his second career double-double with 24 assists and 10 digs. He also added a block. Jack Carlson had seven digs in his first start of the season. Hansen, Santos and Tony Price led with three blocks each, contributing to 6.5 team blocks for the afternoon. The Mastodons hit .312 for the match, and held the Duhawks to a clip of .051. The 'Dons also combined for nine aces, of which Gerwig had three.

Fort Wayne improves to 13-4 while Loras falls to 8-7. The Mastodons will have a quick turnaround with three matches coming from Wednesday to Saturday (March 7-10) in California. The 'Dons will play UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Concordia Irvine, which are all ranked in the AVCA Top 15 Coaches Poll.

Lewis 3, King 0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – Lewis University's men's volleyball team ran its home match winning streak to 12 with a sweep of the King Tornado on Saturday evening at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers (13-5) hit a season-high .530 percent recording 50 kills against six errors in 83 chances and also had a season-high in assists with 48.

Lewis led from start to finish in the opening set scoring the first four points to begin the match. King (11-5) cut the lead to 15-12 after back-to-back Flyer errors but Lewis responded ending the set on a 10-2 run to take the opener 25-14.

Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin), Kyle Bugee (Los Altos, CA/Homestead) and Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) combined for 13 of the team's 18 kills in the opening set.

The second set was tight early before the Flyers used a 6-1 run to extend its one point lead to six after a kill from Perinar. The Tornado trimmed the lead to 17-14 on a block by Jon Wheaton but that was the closest they got as Lewis ended the set on an 8-4 run to win 25-18 and take the commanding 2-0 lead in the break.

Perinar and Coenen combined for 10 kills in the second set as the Flyers hit .533 in the set.

The third set featured five ties and a lead change. Lewis used a 6-2 run midway through the stanza to stretch its lead from one point to five points. King countered with a 5-1 run of its own to get within 22-21 and force the Flyers to call a timeout.

After the stoppage, Lewis closed out the match scoring three of the last four points and won it on Coenen's 15th kill of the match.

Coenen was joined in double figures by Perinar with 13 kills while Bugee and Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) added seven kills each. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) handed out 41 assists while Bugee led the way with eight digs.

Defensively, the Flyers held the Tornado to a .273 hitting percentage and had nine total blocks in the contest. Kiel Bell led King with 13 kills and Jeff Sprayberry added nine kills. Nick Drooker distributed 26 assists and Bell finished with seven digs.

Lewis returns to action next Thursday when it takes on Hawaii in the first of three matches on the island of Oahu at 11 p.m. (CST). The Flyers will also play BYU and Penn State next Friday and Saturday.

Loyola 3, Lincoln Memorial 2
In Short…
No. 6 Loyola University Chicago extended its home court winning streak to 12 games as it picked up a 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 23-25, 15-12 victory over Lincoln Memorial this evening inside Gentile Arena. The win, Loyola's fifth straight overall, moves the Ramblers to 15-3 (6-1 MIVA) this season.

How It Happened
Back-to-back service aces from Kyle Piekarski helped push Loyola out to an early 7-4 lead in the first set. The Railsplitters battled back to within one at 11-10 but four straight kills from Will Tischler extended the Ramblers' advantage out to 14-10 as Loyola cruised to a 25-17 victory.

Lincoln Memorial used a 3-0 spurt to break a 4-4 deadlock in the opening stages of the second set and open up a 7-4 edge. After trailing by as many as five at one point, Loyola roared back to pull even at 22-22 on a Kyler Kotsakis kill. The visitors took advantage of a Rambler attack error to take a 24-23 lead before an Evan Cory service ace gave the Railsplitters a 25-23 second set win.

Loyola jumped all over Lincoln Memorial from the onset in the third set, racing out to a 5-1 lead following a Piekarski kill. Three kills from Markus Melbardis helped lay the groundwork for a 5-0 Rambler run that saw the lead reach double figures, 14-4, en route to a comfortable 25-15 triumph.

After another Piekarski kill put the Ramblers on top, 8-7, in the fourth set, the Railsplitters erupted for an 8-2 surge that sent Lincoln Memorial out in front, 15-10, and prompted a Rambler timeout. Loyola would battle back to within one, 24-23 on a block by Jeff Jendryk and Garrett Zolg, but Cory again had the final say, as he hammered home to give Lincoln Memorial a 25-23 decision and force a decisive fifth set.

With the score knotted at 7-7, consecutive kills from Collin Mahan ignited a big 7-1 run that quickly pushed Loyola to match point, 14-8. The upset-minded Railsplitters refused to go down without a fight, rattling off four straight points, the last two of which came on blocks, to claw to within 14-12. That would prove to be as close as Lincoln Memorial would get though, as a set error sealed a 15-12 Rambler win.

Looking At The Numbers
- Tischler ripped a season-high 17 kills to lead the Rambler attack on the night. He added seven digs, sharing the team lead in the category with Kotsakis.
- Ian Cowen dished out a team-high 34 assists, while Jendryk led the Maroon & Gold with five blocks.
- Cory paced Lincoln Memorial with 15 kills.

Quincy 3, Clarke 1
Cardinal Stritch 3, Quincy 1
The Quincy University men's volleyball team was locked in a four-set battle with the Clarke University Pride Saturday morning (Mar. 3). The Hawks defeated the Pride 3-1 with scores of 26-24, 25-27, 25-22, 26-24.

Anthony Winter and Shane McAdams led the Hawks with 17 kills apiece and Jacob Sheets added 15 kills in the win.

The Hawks fell behind 10-7 in the early portion of the first set. The Hawks scored seven of the next nine points to take a 14-11 lead over the Pride. Clarke responded by taking a 22-20 lead over the Hawks late in the opening set. The Hawks faced set point at 24-23. QU scored the next three points to win the first set 26-24.

The Hawks looked to take a commanding 2-0 lead over Clarke as the Hawks led 24-20 in the second set. The Pride scored the next five points to take a 25-24 lead over QU. Anthony Winter tied the game at 25-25 with a kill to extend the match. The Pride scored the sets final two points to tie the match 1-1.

QU held a 12-8 lead over the Pride in the third set. The Hawks continued to lead throughout the third set as the Pride committed six attack errors in the set. QU took the third set 25-22 as Shane McAdams tallied a pair of kills at the end of the set.

The fourth set was a one-point game for the majority of the set. The Hawks and Pride were tied at 24-24 as the pride looked for force a decisive fifth set. A kill by Thane Fanfulik and a service ace by Blake Sprecher gave the Hawks a 26-24 set and match win.

The Hawks improved to 9-10 after the win over the Pride.

In the second game of the day, the Hawks fell to the Cardinal Stritch Wolves 3-1. The scores were 23-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-16.

The Hawks offense struggled, hitting just .081 against the Wolves as the Hawks committed 26 attack errors.

QU got off to a fast start in the first set, leading 9-4. The Wolves tied the game at 16-16. QU regained the lead at 20-17. The Hawks remained in control and won the opening set 25-23.

The Hawks fell behind 9-4 in the second set. The Hawks retook the lead 18-17 late in the second set. The Wolves scored the final eight points to take the second set 25-18.

QU jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the third set and looked to take a 2-1 set lead. The Wolves tied the game at 10-10. Both teams continued to answer point for point. The score sat tied a 20-20. The Wolves scored five of the games final seven points to take the third set 25-22.

In the fourth set, the Wolves and Hawks were tied at 6-6. The Wolves took control of the set and defeated the Hawks 25-16.

The Hawks fall to 9-11 on the season.

Ball State 3, UC San Diego 0
LA JOLLA, Calif. – The 11th ranked Ball State men's volleyball team won its fifth match in a row Saturday evening with a sweep (25-23, 25-22, 25-22) of UC San Diego.

The Cardinals had 39 total kills for a .281 hitting percentage. The Ball State squad also had 30 digs, 13 block assists and six service aces.
Matt Walsh and Matt Szews knocked down double digit kills. Walsh had 12 kills for a team-high .647 hitting percentage. He also had three service aces and three block assists. Szews also notched 12 kills for a .385 hitting percentage. Szews also had one service aces, five digs and a team-high four blocks. Mitch Weiler led the team in digs with nine while also adding two kills and two assists. Jake Romano had 34 assists on the night. Blake Reardon had seven kills and five digs while Parker Swartz added four kills and three digs.

The opening set saw 15 tied scores and five lead changes. The Tritons actually outhit Ball State with 14 kills and a .344 hitting percentage. The Cardinals had 13 kills and a .207 hitting percentage. However, Ball State was able to prevail with a final score of 25-23. Walsh had five kills, one ace and one block in set one. Szews and Reardon each knocked down three kills with one apiece added by Swartz and Romano.

In set number two, Ball State was able to hold UC San Diego to a .172 hitting percentage. Szews and Walsh combined for 10 of the team's 13 kills. Swartz and Szews had two block assists in the set. Weiler had four digs while Reardon added three. After seven tied scores and two lead changes, a Walsh kill won the second set for the Cardinals, 25-22.

Ball State continued momentum into set number three, hitting for .407. Reardon notched four kills and a .429 hitting percentage in the closing set. Szews also had four kills along with three digs and one block. A Triton attack error secured the set for Ball State, 25-22. The Cardinals took the match 3-0.

The Cardinal squad is now 10-7 on the season. The Ball State men's volleyball team will continue west coast, non-conference action on Wednesday, March 7 at Concordia-Irvine. Match time is set for 10 p.m. Eastern Time.