The McKendree University men's volleyball team made a comeback worthy of the Hollywood scene against Lindenwood University Wednesday night, defeating the Lions 3-2 after falling behind 2-0 to open the match. The Bearcats improve to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) play.
McKendree found themselves down two sets to none to start the match after the Lions won set one in extra points, 26-24 and in set two, 25-20. The Bearcats didn't subdue to Lindenwood's power, slowly chipped away at the Lions, and with the energy from the large crowd gained momentum and never looked back. McKendree defeated Lindenwood, 25-23 in set three, 25-19 in set four, and 15-11 in set five to clinch the comeback victory 3-2 over the Lions.
Sophomore outside hitter Patrick Ross (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) led the way for the Bearcats' offense with 14 recorded kills. Junior opposite Zach Schnittker (Arlington Heights, IL/Buffalo Grove), sophomore middle blocker Wyatt Dimke (Ham Lake, MN/Blaine), and freshman middle blocker Tommy McGrath (Paradise Valley, AZ/Brophy College Prep) were next, each with seven tallied kills. Freshman setter supported the McKendree attackers throughout the match with 39 total assists. Five Bearcats also tallied service aces, McGrath and Serrano with two each, Schnittker, Ross, and Dimke each with one.
McKendree proved their strong blocking skills once again with six Bearcats recording two blocks or more. Dimke led the pack with seven total blocks, followed by Serrano, McGrath, and Schnittker all with five total blocks. Lastly, Ross earned two solo blocks and two block assists while sophomore outside hitter Ethan Carroll (Barrington, IL/Barrington) recorded two total blocks. In the back row for the Bearcats, Schnittker tallied 11 digs, Serrano and Ross each recorded eight, and Carroll was close behind with seven.
The Bearcats will be back in MIVA action tomorrow, Feb. 14, to take on Quincy University at 7 p.m. in Quincy, IL.