McKendree 3, Quincy 0
The McKendree University men's volleyball team earned a 3-0 sweep over Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) opponent Quincy University on Friday. The Bearcats are now 8-8 overall on the season and 5-4 in MIVA action.
McKendree opened up the match with a freshman setter Ryan Serrano (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) service ace which set the precedent for the remainder of the game. The first set was the closest margin with the Bearcats earning the win, 25-22. From there, McKendree collected the win in the second and third set, both 25-19.
Two Bearcats hit over .500 on the match to lead the offense. Sophomore outside hitter Patrick Ross (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) earned a .778% with seven kills on nine total attacks while sophomore middle blocker Wyatt Dimke (Ham Lake, MN/Blaine) collected a .563% with 11 kills on 16 total attempts. Junior middle blocker Lucas Galifos (Mokena,IL/Lincoln Way East) and junior opposite Zach Schnittker (Arlington Heights, IL/Buffalo Grove) were also key offensive players for McKendree, Galifos with eight kills and Schnittker with six.
Defensive efforts were led by Serrano and freshman libero Francisco Comas (Naperville, IL/Neuqua Valley High School). Serrano tallied eight digs to lead the Bearcats while Comas was close behind with seven. Schnittker also recorded five digs in the McKendree win.
Next up for the Bearcats is a road match against Lindenwood University on March 15 at 7 p.m. in St. Charles, Mo.
Grand Canyon 3, Loyola 2
Grand Canyon upset Loyola in five sets on Friday night (March 8). Despite the loss, Will Tischler posted a match-high 19 kills to surpass 500 for his career, while teammate Avery Aylsworth also notched his 500th career dig.
Coach Hulse's Thoughts
"I thought we hung together well in a tough environment, but the other team just played better volleyball tonight," head coach Mark Hulse said. "We need to rest up and be better tomorrow."
How It Happened
Collin Mahan's third kill of the opening set tied the score up at 8-8, but it marked the last time the Ramblers would be tied with the Lopes. Back-to-back kills from GCU's Christian Janke sprung the Lopes loose and put the home team ahead and in charge for good. After the lead hit four at 15-11, the Ramblers managed to cut it to one on two occasions at 16-15 and 17-16. Loyola would not allow the Lopes' lead to get beyond four before the 21-18 mark, but a 5-0 GCU run to close it out won the set at 25-18.
The teams battled in the second set to another 8-8 score. From there, the Ramblers took control of the tempo with a 4-1 run that was capped off by a Mahan service ace. The scoring spurt was widened to a 6-1 stretch with two kills and a triple-block by the Ramblers that forced a GCU timeout. Now with its biggest lead of the match at 15-10, Loyola didn't let up and capitalized on another scoring burst to take leads of 18-12 and 20-13. A Kyler Kotsakis service ace kept the pressure on and widened the lead to eight at 22-14 – the Ramblers' first of two eight-point leads in the stanza. Loyola split the final points at three apiece, but the large lead provided a 25-17 set two win.
Grand Canyon jumped out to a 4-0 lead to force Hulse to burn an early set three timeout. The pause in the action paid dividends as the Ramblers battled back with a 4-0 run that tied it at 7-7. The Lopes still controlled the tempo and held the lead to the 13-11 mark, however, a Paul Narup service ace tied it later on, and a Kyle Piekarski block gave Loyola its first lead of the stanza – the one and only lead change of the swing-set. The Ramblers weren't done, as another 3-0 run propelled the visitors in front at 17-14, capped off by Luke Denton's third ace of the night and the 100th of the season for Loyola as a team. Grand Canyon worked the deficit to two at 20-18, but Loyola shined down the stretch with five of the final seven points to capture the third set, 25-20, and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Lopes would not be eliminated in four. Two early 3-0 runs put them on top and in the driver's seat at a 9-5 clip. The lead was later extended to 15-9 anchored by a 4-1 run. The Ramblers battled and brought the frame back to within striking distance, highlighted by Kotsakis' second and third aces of the night in back-to-back fashion. Despite only leading 19-17, GCU took care of business down the stretch to win the fourth, 25-20, and force a decisive fifth set.
Unfortunately for the Ramblers, the GCU momentum carried over to the fifth frame. Two separate 3-0 runs put the home team on top with leads of 3-1 and 6-3 that gave them the upper hand. After a Rambler timeout, the Lopes worked the lead to five at 10-5 and forced another timeout. Tischler and Piekarski each picked up kills later on, but the Lopes ran away with the final set by a score of 15-9.
A Look at the Numbers
-Paul Narup picked up two solo blocks to increase his seaosn total to 12. He needs four blocks to hold sole possession of 9th in program history for career stoppers.
-Avery Aylsworth set a season-high in digs with 15, while Kyle Piekarski tied his season-high with 12 kills.
-The Ramblers' nine service aces tied the team season-high for most in a match. Kyler Kotsakis accounted for three of them, setting a new personal best.
-Collin Mahan tallied 11 kills to increase his total to 238 this season. He has now reached the 230-kill benchmark in each of the last three seasons.
Loyola takes on the Lopes once more tomorrow night (March 9) at the same time inside Antelope Gymnasium.
UC Santa Barbara 3, Lindenwood 1
Lindenwood senior Connor Hipelius led the Lions with eight kills and six blocks in a four-set loss to the No. 4 UCSB Gauchos. Hipelius led the Lions in kills, blocks, hitting percentage and total points while matching the team lead in aces. Fellow senior Adam Brewster had 26 assists, four blocks and an ace in the match. Lindenwood is now 7-12 on the year.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Connor Hipelius led the team with eight kills, six blocks and a .667 hitting percentage all while posting one of the Lions' two aces.
- Nick Stevenson led the defense with 10 digs.
- Michael Jennings also recorded eight kills in the match while tallying five digs.
- Adam Brewster had 26 assists in the match. He also totaled four blocks and had the Lions' other ace.
- After taking a 2-0 deficit to the break, the Lions responded to hold the Gauchos to .111 and .136 attack percentages in the third and fourth sets, respectively.
The Lions continue their road trip against No. 12 Cal State Northridge tomorrow at 7:30 p.m
UCLA 3, Ohio State 0
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Ohio State University men's volleyball team (6-13) began its weekend stay in L.A. with a three-set stumble (25-21, 25-20, 25-21) vs. the fifth-ranked Bruins of UCLA (15-4). Ohio State falls to 4-3 all-time in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge while the Bruins improve to 6-1 halfway through Year 4 of the annual event. The Buckeyes face host USC Saturday evening at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
Ohio State was met with 10 Bruin blocks, limiting the Buckeye attack to a .017 hitting efficiency. Sophomore Martin Lallemand avoided the UCLA defense, however, hammering home seven kills on 12 swings with two errors for a team-high .417 hitting percentage.
SET 1: Lallemand had it going from the start, bouncing three kills in the opening frame. The Buckeyes struggled defensively though and never led in a 25-21 first set.
SET 2: Lallemand dropped in three more kills, but his mates simply matched that total for just six team kills in the second set. UCLA went ahead 10-5 and maintained that five-point cushion throughout a 25-20 winner.
SET 3: Lallemand cooled off in the third and no one picked up the pace besides Jake Hanes three kills on six swings. Ohio State grinded it out to even the score as last as 21-21 before a four-point Bruin surged sealed the deal.
The Scarlet & Gray return to action late Saturday night at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, taking the No. 11 Trojans of USC.
Hawai'i 3, Ball State 0
HONOLULU, Hawai'i – No. 2 Hawai'i continued its perfect season with a 3-0 win over the Ball State men's volleyball team late Friday night at the Outrigger Resorts Invitational.
The Rainbow Warriors, now 14-0, eclipsed the program's record best start of 13-0 back in 1996 and have not dropped a set all season. Hawai'i is also one of just two teams still undefeated this season (Long Beach State).
Junior Matt Szews had an outstanding match to lead Ball State (9-10). The lefty finished with a season-best .560 attack percentage to go along with 15 kills. Hawai'i came into the match leading the nation in opponent hitting percentage (.164), but the Cardinals posted a solid .316 attack percentage for the match including .520 in the opening set.
Hawai'i jumped out to a 10-2 lead in set one only to see the Cardinals fight back to within one point late in the set on back-to-back kills from Szews and sophomore Ben Chinnici. The host team responded with back-to-back kills of its own to take the set, 25-22.
The second set featured 10 ties and five lead changes. Hawai'i ended the set on a 9-4 spurt in the 25-19 win.
Set three was very similar to set two as the Cardinals were only down one point midway through, 16-15. The Rainbow Warriors then used a 5-1 spurt to gain some breathing room and complete the sweep.
Ball State and Hawai'i last met in the 2017 Outrigger Invite championship match, with Hawai'i prevailing, 3-1.
Hawai'i will take on No. 6 Pepperdine in this year's championship match Saturday night. Meanwhile, the Cardinals will wrap up play at the Outrigger Invitational Saturday against King. Match time is set for 9 p.m. ET.