Lindenwood 3, Saint Francis 0
Adam Brewster handed out 26 assists while Sam Schindler registered five blocks to help Lindenwood to a 3-0 win over Saint Francis on Friday night. The Lions improve to 8-9 on the year while the Red Flash drop to 8-12 on the season.
-Charley Hlavin led the squad with 10 kills while pitching in six digs.
-Adam Brewster and Connor Hipelius combined for six blocks while the Lions tallied nine team blocks.\
-Lindenwood hit .338 in the match while holding Saint Francis to a .035 hitting percentage.
The Lions will travel to Lebanon, Ill. to take on McKendree on Thursday at 7 p.m.
UC Santa Barbara 3, Fort Wayne 0
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Despite going into extra points in the first two sets, the Fort Wayne men's volleyball team dropped a road match 3-0 (27-25, 33-31, 25-13) at No. 14 UC Santa Barbara on Friday night (March 10) at Rob Gym.
The Mastodons went on a 3-1 run to start the match, behind two blocks from Richie Diedrich, assisted by Colton Stone and Pelegrin Vargas. The rest of the set rallied from one side to the other, including a 6-2 run by the Mastodons that opened up a 14-10 lead. UC Santa Barbara had a 3-0 run to even the score at 18, and later had a 4-1 stretch that gave the Gauchos a 24-23 lead. UCSB had a double-block that ended the first set by Connor Drake and Roy McFarland. Stone had six kills in the opening set.
The second set was tight throughout, as neither team led by more than three. It took three straight from the Gauchos to take the set. Vargas had six kills in the second, followed by Tony Price with four.
UCSB took the first seven points of the last set, later followed by an 11-1 run. Vargas had four kills in the final frame.
Vargas led the offense with two aces and 13 kills, followed by Stone, who had nine. Defensively, Michael Keegan led with nine digs, followed by Kolbie Knorr and Stone who had six each. Diedrich led Fort Wayne with three blocks.
Fort Wayne falls to 14-5, while UCSB improves to 8-5. The Mastodons play again on Saturday (March 10) with a 7 p.m. PST match at Concordia Irvine.
BYU 3, Lewis 1
HONOLULU – The eighth ranked Lewis Flyer men's volleyball team's bid for an upset came up short in a four set loss against fourth ranked BYU on Saturday at the Outrigger Invitational at the University of Hawaii.
The Cougars (16-4) used a 10-4 run early in the opening set to build a seven point lead by the midway point of the set. The Flyers (13-7) closed the deficit to 14-10 after an error by Christian Rupert. BYU responded by scoring six of the next nine points to regain its seven point lead and would go onto win 25-15.
The second stanza was tied at 6 when Lewis went on an 11-2 run to build its largest lead of the set at 17-8. The Cougars got as close as 22-16 but the Flyers were able to hold off the rally and win 25-18. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) recorded seven kills in the set and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) added four.
The third frame went back and forth and was tied at seven but BYU gained some separation thanks to an 8-3 run. Lewis fought back getting to within on a couple of occasions but was unable to complete the comeback falling 25-23. Coenen and Murry combined for eight of the team's 12 kills in the set.
The fourth set was similar to the third one with the Cougars taking an early four point but the Flyers fought back to tie the set at 18 after a kill by Jake Walenga (Frankfort, IL/Lincoln Way North). BYU used a 5-2 run to break the tie and take a 23-20 lead and force Lewis to take its final timeout of the set. After the timeout, the Flyers scored three straight to tie it up at 23 but BYU got a kill from Brenden Sander to take a 24-23 lead. Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) tied it back up with a kill but the Cougars scored the final two points of the match to win 26-24.
Lewis finished the match with a hitting percentage of .245 (49 kills/22 errors/110 attacks). Coenen had a match-high 15 kills while Murray and Moses added nine kills apiece. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) distributed 43 assists and Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) had eight digs.
BYU ended the match with an attack percentage of .289 (45 kills/17 errors/97 attacks). Sander had 14 kills to lead the Cougars while Gabi Garci Fernande added 10 kills. Leo Durkin handed out 35 assists and Zach Hendrickson had eight digs.
The Flyers conclude play in the Outrigger Invitational on Saturday evening taking on 11th ranked Penn State at 8 p.m. (CST).