Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Quincy 0
QUINCY, Ill. - No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne men's volleyball took a 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-23) win over the Quincy Hawks on Friday night (March 29).
Pelegrin Vargas, Alex Dickmann and Tony Price each did a bit of everything in Pepsi Arena. Vargas had 12 kills with a .429 percentage and six digs. Dickmann had 11 kills on .529 hitting, seven digs and two aces. Price had nine kills, five digs and an ace.
The first set was all Mastodons after they set in. After an 8-all tie, Purdue Fort Wayne went on 17-4 run to end the set. Price picked up his ace on the penultimate point. The 'Dons held Quincy to -.240 hitting, while notching a .348 clip of their own.
In the second, Purdue Fort Wayne held a steady lead throughout, nursing a lead as many six at 22-16. Price had three straight kills on a 4-1 run that gave the Mastodons this advantage. The 'Dons hit .467 for the frame.
Quincy kept the third set close until the end, even answering a 4-0 'Don run by having a 3-0 run of its own. In the Mastodons run, Dickmann had two aces. Purdue Fort Wayne took advantage of late Quincy errors that sealed the match.
The Mastodons improve to 15-9, 7-4 MIVA while Quincy falls to 5-19, 0-11.
Loyola 3, Ohio State 0
Loyola posted its second consecutive three-set victory with a sweep over Ohio State on Friday (March 29). The Ramblers registered eight aces to OSU's five, three of which came off the hand of Kyler Kotsakis.
Coach Hulse's Thoughts
"We did a good job of being aggressive at times but also being patient and it paid off," head coach Mark Hulse said. "Hopefully it's not about the sweep so much as 'we played really well and we got a win against a good team at home.'"
How It Happened
A 5-0 run propelled Loyola to an early 6-2 lead in the opening set. Later on, the first Rambler service of the night from Will Tischler widened the lead to 11-7 and forced a Buckeye timeout. Ohio State hung around for the middle portions of the frame and made it a four-point game at 19-15, but a 4-0 run capped off by a Kyler Kotsakis ace and Collin Mahan kill put the Ramblers back in front by a substantial margin. The Buckeyes fought off five set points, but a Dane Leclair kill finished the job at 25-21.
The teams began the middle set with an evenly played effort to the 9-9 mark. A 3-0 run sparked the first turning point for the Ramblers in what would eventually become a blowout victory. After Ohio State narrowed it back to one at 13-12, Loyola exploded for a 5-0 run that featured a pair of Tischler kills. The tempo didn't stop there, as Kotsakis nailed down two more aces to guide the home team to a final run of seven of the last eight points to blow past OSU in set number two, 25-14.
Ohio State came out buzzing in the third set, grabbing leads of 7-1 and 10-3. A Kyle Piekarski kill began a 5-0 run that got the Ramblers back in the mix to a deficit of only 10-8. The Buckeyes worked their lead back to four (13-9), but the Ramblers look over from there. Kills from Paul Narup and Leclair set the table for Mahan to register back-to-back kills and give Loyola the lead at 14-13. The two kills put Mahan over the 300-kill benchmark this season and catapulted him into the program's Top-10 list for career kills. Ohio State tied it back up again at 17-17, but the ensuing 4-1 Loyola run put the Buckeyes in a hole they wouldn't dig out of. Leclair's second ace of the night propelled Loyola to a 21-18 advantage, and the senior co-captain later closed it out with a kill to ink the set at 25-22 – consequently finishing off the sweep.
A Look at the Numbers
-Collin Mahan now ranks 10th in Loyola program history in career kills with 1,075 and counting.
-In the process of cracking the Top-10, Mahan became the first Rambler since Thomas Jaeschke in 2014-15 to register 300 or more kills in back-to-back seasons.
-Kyler Kotsakis tied his career high in service aces with three on Friday night. He's notched five in the last two matches (0.83 per set).
-Loyola's eight service aces is the third time this season the team has reached that total in a three-set match.
Loyola plays its final two matches of the regular season at home next weekend, beginning with an April 5th showdown with Lindenwood. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Lewis 3, McKendree 0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The No. 8 Lewis men's volleyball team bounced back from its first MIVA defeat with a sweep of McKendree on Friday night at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers improve to 19-5 overall and 10-1 in MIVA play while the Bearcats fall to 11-11, 6-6 in MIVA play.
Lewis outhit McKendree .308-to-.120 in the contest and recorded 37 kills to just 24 for the Bearcats. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) led the Flyers with 13 kills while Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) added eight. Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS), TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington HS) and Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) had five kills apiece. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) finished with 31 assists and Perinar and Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) had seven digs each.
The opening set was a back-and-forth affair featuring 14 ties and five lead changes. Lewis trailed 11-8 before going on a 7-2 run to grab a 15-13 lead on a service error from Zach Schnittker. However, McKendree regained the lead scoring four of the next five points. That would be its last lead of the set as the Flyers answered with a 7-3 run to build their largest lead of the set at 23-20 on a service ace from Coenen.
The Bearcats wouldn't go quietly scoring three straight set points to even the set at 23 and had a chance to retake the lead but Wyatt Dimke committed a service error and then Moses ended the set with a kill.
Lewis used a 7-1 run midway through the middle set to break a 6-all tie. McKendree was able to cut it to five but the Flyers put it away closing the set on a 10-3 run to win 25-13 and take the commanding 2-0 lead.
Lewis never trailed in the final set building a six-point cushion near the midway point and eventually stretched their lead to 10. The Bearcats didn't get closer than eight points the rest of the way as Perinar finished it off with a kill.
Schnittker and Carroll had seven kills apiece to lead McKendree. Ryan Serrano handed out 19 assists while Brandon Dunn had a match-high nine digs.
The Flyers continue their four-game homestand on Saturday hosting Ohio State at 7 p.m. The Buckeyes fell in straight sets at Loyola on Friday.
Lindenwood 3, Ball State 2
Lindenwood men's volleyball upset no. 13 Ball State in five sets at Hyland Arena. It is the Lions first win over a nationally ranked foe since April 5 of last season when Lindenwood toppled No. 8 Loyola Chicago. The win propels the Lions to 9-15 overall and 5-6 in MIVA matches.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Senior middle hitter Connor Hipelius led the Lions with 16 kills and a .542 attack percentage. It is the fourth time this season he has hit over .500 and made over 15 attacks (24 attempts tonight).
- Nick Stevenson was second on the team with 12 kills and led the Lions with 19 digs, his first double-double of the season.
- Sam Schindler notched eight kills with a .429 attack percentage. He also matched the Lions' season-high with eight total blocks.
- As a team, the Lions out-blocked Ball State 12-6.
- Senior Adam Brewster recorded 40 assists against the Cardinals.
- Senior Ben Symonds earned the start at libero, picking up 14 digs.
The Lions host No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne tomorrow at 7 p.m. for Senior Day. Lindenwood will recognize the senior class of 2019 in a prematch ceremony.