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3/9 - Saturday Recap

3/9 - Saturday Recap

Lewis 3, Princeton 0
PRINCETON, N.J. – Lewis' men's volleyball team extended its winning streak to eight in a row with a 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 25-22) win at Princeton on Saturday evening. With the win, the Flyers improve to 15-4 while the Tigers drop to 10-9 on the season.

Lewis was outhit in the match .294-to-.275 but had the advantage in the service game with 10 aces against 11 errors while Princeton had eight aces and 19 errors.

Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School), the reigning MIVA Offensive Player of the Week, led the Flyer attack with 10 kills while TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington HS) and Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS) had seven kills apiece. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) had 25 assists and was tied with Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) and Kyle Bugée with four digs each. Coenen had four aces while Bugée added three aces.

Lewis trailed by as many as five points in the opening set but came back thanks to a late run to take a 23-20 lead when Bugée and Mitchem stuffed Parker Dixon at the net to force the Tigers to call timeout.

Out of the break, Princeton scored the next two points to cut the Flyer lead to 23-22 but Lewis was able to close the set out after a timeout of its own. George Huhmann missed a serve to set up set point for the Flyers and then Bugée recorded his second kill of the set giving Lewis the 25-22 win.

The Flyers trailed by five again early in the middle set but once again rallied to tie and eventually take a 20-18 lead on a triple block by Mitchem, Coenen and Yoshimoto. The Tigers responded scoring four of the next five points to regain the lead at 22-21 on an ace by Greg Luck.

The two sides proceeded to trade points and Princeton still lead 24-22 and had two chances to win the set but Dixon committed a service error and an attack error to allow Lewis to tie it at 24. The Tigers regained the lead on a service error by Coenen but Lewis scored the final three points of the set to win 27-25. Moses gave the Flyers the lead and then Murray served an ace to win it.

Lewis led by as many as seven points in set three but the Tigers made things interesting with a 12-6 run to cut the Flyer lead to 23-22 after a bad set by Yoshimoto and forced Lewis to take a timeout. The Flyers were able to regroup as Bugée knocked home a kill to set up match point and then Bugée and Mitchem teamed up to block Huhmann at the net to end the match.

Dixon had 10 kills to lead the Tigers while Huhmann finished with eight kills while Joe Kelly had 27 assists and six digs.

Lewis concludes its Spring Break trip on Monday with a match at New Jersey Institute of Technology beginning at 6 p.m. (CDT).

Quincy 3, Culver-Stockton 0
QUINCY, Ill. – The Quincy University men's volleyball team got back in the win column with a straight set victory over Culver-Stockton on Saturday night (March 9). The Hawks downed the Wildcats 25-22, 25-14, 25-14.

1st Set
The first set was played neck-and-neck by both teams. Quincy secured an early 4-2 lead after kills from four different QU players. Omari Wheeler, Jacob Sheets, Brendon Estrada, and Blake Sprecher got in on the action early.

The Wildcats countered with three straight points to take a 5-4 lead. The Hawks answered right back with a three point run to regain the advantage 7-5.

Neither team was able to obtain a lead larger than two points until QU scored three straight points later in the set. Jacob Sheets added another kill to push Quincy's lead to 20-16.

The Hawks remained in the driver's seat despite a late push by Culver to take a 25-22 set one win.

2nd Set
The second set looked to be another close match. Both teams sat tied 4-4 after a kill by the Wildcats.

Quincy scored six in a row to gain some separation early in the set. CSC tallied four attack errors to fuel the point swing by QU. The score favored the Hawks 10-4.

Midway through set two, Quincy remained ahead 15-10. Culver-Stockton was not able to get closer than four points as the Hawks won set two in commanding fashion 25-14.

3rd Set
The Wildcats used an early three point run to gain a 5-4 lead over the Hawks. Omari Wheeler and Matt Friddle answered with a pair of kills that gave QU the lead 6-5.

Adam Rogan sniped a service ace to give Quincy a 10-8 lead shortly after. After a point by CSC made the score 10-9, the Hawks pulled away.

Quincy rattled off seven straight points which helped extend their lead to 17-9. Wheeler had two kills during the swing.

Ben Rachilla added a kill during another run to seal the win for the Hawks. Four straight points brought the score to 24-12, and Quincy won the third set 25-14.

Stat Leader
Omari Wheeler - 16 kills and 6 digs

5-15, 0-8 MIVA

The Hawks next contest will be Friday (March 15) against King University in Bristol, Tennessee. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.

Grand Canyon 3, Loyola 2
In Short…
GCU hands Loyola a second 3-2 defeat in as many days. The Ramblers got double-digit kills from Dane Leclair (13) and Will Tischler (12), but were stymied by GCU's David Kisiel's 17-3-32 outing.

Coach Hulse's Thoughts
"Coach Werle did a really nice job again," head coach Mark Hulse said. "I thought we competed better, but we were not sharp enough to beat a good team on the road."

How It Happened
The Ramblers racked up the kills early and often, totaling 10 in the opening set. A back-to-back sequence from Will Tischler anchored a 3-0 run that put Loyola up by four early at 6-2. Tischler stayed hot with a service ace to widen the lead to 10-4, giving the outside hitter 3.5 points early. After the Lopes narrowed their deficit to 10-6, Loyola exploded for a 6-0 run that featured an ace from Kyle Piekarski and a block from Paul Narup and Garrett Zolg. The initial point explosion turned into an 11-2 run for the visors that had another ace – this time off the serve of Collin Mahan. Now up 21-8, the Ramblers emptied the bench and finished the job by taking four of the next seven points.

The Lopes' 6-1 start put the Ramblers in an early hole that made the second set an uphill battle. Dane Leclair compiled two kills to counter the fast start, but it was short-lived as the deficit became 11-4 soon after. Tischler's fifth kill of the night made it a four-point GCU lead [12-8], but that would mark the closest Loyola would get. The Lopes rode two separate runs of 4-0 to grab leads of 19-11 and 23-13. The Ramblers clawed their way from down 10 to down seven, but the Lopes eventually won set number two, 25-17.

The third set unfolded in almost identical fashion as its predecessor. An early 9-4 lead put GCU ahead and in charge, which was later extended to 11-5 off of an Alex Shmelev ace. Mahan and Tischler registered their first kills of the stanza to try and spark a comeback, but the Lopes countered with a 3-0 run that extended their lead to 15-7 and forced another LUC timeout. Loyola did fight back, anchored by a 7-2 run that cut the deficit to three on two separate occasions (16-13, 17-14), but the tide turned with another hot stretch from the home team. A 6-1 run extinguished any Rambler comeback hopes, and claimed the swing-set by the same score as its first victorious stanza.

The fourth set was a point-trading showcase with nine ties and three lead changes. The first two-point lead came at the hands of the Lopes at 11-9, but Loyola immediately tied it up two points later. Down 13-11, the Ramblers took control of the frame with an 11-2 run that began with back-to-back Mahan service aces. Later on, Piekarski and Leclair teamed up for block to widen the run to 6-1, pushing the lead to 18-14. For good measure, another 4-0 run made the visitor's lead 22-15 and provided a large enough cushion for Loyola to tie the match up with a 25-19 set four win.

In the winner-take-all set, the teams battled to five separate ties up to the 6-6 mark. With GCU ahead 7-6, Shmelev registered just the Lopes' third service ace of the night, but it was a big one as it gave his team a two-point advantage when the squads swapped benches. Loyola captured three of the next four points to tie the set up again at 10-10, setting the table for its first lead. Zolg made a diving dig to save a point going in favor of GCU, leading to a sequence that Leclair finished off to put the Ramblers ahead, 11-10. However, the momentum halted there. Narup's kill tied the frame again at 12-12, but three straight GCU kills closed out the set in a blink of an eye and handed Loyola its second consecutive five-set defeat.

A Look at the Numbers
-Paul Narup's three blocks (one solo) put him in a tie with Eric Daliege (2009-13) for the ninth most career stoppers in program history with 289.
-Dane Leclair's 13 kills led the Ramblers – setting a season-high for the co-captain.
-With three aces in the contest, Collin Mahan became the eighth Rambler to hammer 100 in a career.
-Saturday was the first time Loyola went with a different starting lineup than the one on opening night. Leclair got the start at opposite hitter.

Up Next
The Ramblers are back in action on March 14 for its annual regular season road tilt at Lewis. Loyola has defeated the Flyers in Romeoville three of the last four contests.

Ball State 3, King 0
HONOLULU, Hawai'i – Matt Szews and David Siebum combined for 31 kills to lead the Ball State men's volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over King Saturday evening in the final day of competition of the Outrigger Resorts Invitational.

With the win, Ball State evened its record at 10-10. King dropped to 10-8.

Szews led all players with 20 kills, which also equaled a season high for the junior lefty. In the three matches at the Outrigger Invite, Szews piled up 43 kills on a solid .375 attack percentage. Siebum reached double-figure kills for the first time in four matches. His .421 attack percentage was his second highest of the season when tallying at least 10 putaways.

The first set saw 16 ties and four lead changes. The final tie came at 22-all. Ball State then rattled off a Kaleb Jenness kill, Parker Swartz service ace and block from Lemuel Turner and Quinn Isaacson to wrap up the set, 25-22.

The Cardinals used a 7-1 run in the middle of the second set to open up a cushion before recording a 25-19 win.

King wouldn't go away easily in the third set. The Tornado fought off a match point while forcing ties at 22, 23 and 24. Ball State finally clinched the win on Szews' 20th kill and a King error.

Ball State will now return home from its Spring Break excursion and prepare to welcome Saint Francis and Penn State to Worthen Arena next weekend. First up is Saint Francis on Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m.

CSUN 3, Lindenwood 0
Lindenwood men's volleyball fell to 7-13 overall after a 3-0 sweep at No. 12 Cal State Northridge. Connor Hipelius was the Lions' top performer with seven kills, two blocks and a .600 attack percentage. The match was the Lions' fourth consecutive contest against a nationally ranked opponent.

- Conor Hipelius was the top point-scorer with seven kills, two blocks and and ace. His .600 attack percentage also was a team high.
- Adam Brewster recorded 23 assists with two kills and five digs.
- Sam Schindler posted six kills with a .400 attack percentage.
- Jeremy Kirsch saw his first action as a Lion, posting four kills in one set played.
- Phil Swartz led Lindenwood with two aces.

The Lions take a few days off before concluding their road trip with a match at San Diego on Tuesday at 7 p.m. (CT)

USC 3, Ohio State 2