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2/2 - Saturday Recap

2/2 - Saturday Recap

Lindenwood 3, Alderson Broaddus 0
Lindenwood 3, Lourdes 1
The Lindenwood men's volleyball team picked up a pair of wins on day three of the Lindenwood Invitational. The Lions swept Alderson Broaddus in the morning session before topping Lourdes in four sets in the evening session. The wins move Lindenwood to 4-6 overall this season.

- Against Alderson Broaddus, Phil Swartz filled the stat sheet, posting eight kills, four aces and six blocks. He also hit .500 against the Battlers.
- Brad Brinkerhoff led the Lions in kills with nine while hitting .467.
- Connor Hipelius notched five kills, five blocks and two aces in the morning matchup.
- Freshman setter Brian Schwob tallied 26 assists in his first career start.
- As a team, the Lions recorded 12 aces against the Battlers while only being aced three times.

- In the Lourdes contest, senior setter Adam Brewster contributed across the board with four kills, 39 assists, two aces, three blocks and four digs.
- Charley Hlavin was the top scorer against the Gray Wolves, recording 12 kills, six blocks and six digs. He led the team with a .364 attack percentage.
- Nick Stevenson tallied 11 kills, seven digs, five blocks and an ace.
- Connor Hipelius had six kills, eight blocks and two aces.
- Sam Schindler posted six kills, six blocks and two aces.
- Michael Jennings notched 10 kills, six digs, two blocks and an ace.
- The Lions combined for 15 total blocks, while Lourdes only had six blocks.

The Lions stay home next weekend for home matches against Lewis (Feb. 8) and Loyola (Feb. 9).

Long Beach State 3, McKendree 0
The McKendree University men's volleyball team provided No. 1 Long Beach State its best competition at the Lindenwood Invitational coming within two points of Long Beach in the first set, where they fell 25-23. Quincy and Lindenwood, the other two teams to face the No. 1 team in the country, never managed to get 20 points on the board against them in a set. Despite the close first set, the Bearcats fell to Long Beach, 3-0 in the match.

The Bearcats are now 2-4 overall on the season and 1-1 in the Lindenwood Invitational after defeating Lourdes University 3-1 on Friday.

To start out the first set, McKendree remained point-for-point until Long Beach managed a decent point-run that put the Bearcats down 13-8. Head coach Nickie Sanlin called a timeout and then McKendree came back out, closed the deficit, and flipped the switch on Long Beach going on a four-point run with a kill from senior outside hitter Will Frank (Moro, IL/Edwardsville) and sophomore outside hitter Patrick Ross (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) to tie it up 20-20. From there, McKendree's freshman setter Ryan Serrano (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) recorded a service ace and junior opposite Zach Schnittker (Arlington Heights, IL/Buffalo Grove) tallied a crucial kill but it wasn't enough to take down Long Beach as they managed to get the last two points needed to be victorious, 25-23.

From there, No. 1 Long Beach State utilized the momentum and took advantage of the Bearcats' mishaps to take a large lead to start the second set. McKendree was never able to make up the point gap as they fell, 25-13. The tone carried into the third set as Long Beach took control of the match and collected the sweep with a 25-15 win.

Offensively, Frank and Schnittker led the pack with sophomore middle blocker Wyatt Dimke (Ham Lake, MN/Blaine), Ross, and freshman middle blocker Tommy McGrath (Paradise Valley, AZ/Brophy College Prep) close behind. Frank tallied nine total kills for McKendree, Schnittker recorded four, and Ross, McGrath, and Dimke each had three kills. Serrano set up the Bearcats to record these kills 17 times in the three set match.

Defensively, five Bearcats collected blocks, Dimke, McGrath, Serrano, and Ross each had one block assist while Serrano and Schnittker each tallied a solo block. In the back row, senior libero and Serrano led the team in digs, each with four recorded.

McKendree will close out the Lindenwood Invitational with a match against Alderson Broaddus tomorrow, Feb. 3, at 10 a.m. in St. Charles, MO.

Loyola 3, Penn State 1
In Short...
Loyola powered through to a four-set victory over Penn State on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 2). Collin Mahan set a career high in kills with 24, while teammate Garrett Zolg compiled 57 assists to set a personal best of his own.

Coach Hulse's Thoughts
"Penn State was really scrappy and put a lot of pressure on us to win some points that were a little ugly," head coach Mark Hulse said. "On the flip side, our guys get a ton of credit for being able to respond to that."

How It Happened
A 3-0 Penn State run early in the opening set propelled the Nittany Lions to an 8-6 lead. Though a slim advantage, it put PSU in the driver's seat to trade points in the ensuing action to stay in front and keep the pressure on the Ramblers. LUC managed to stay within striking distance to the 14-13 mark, but the Nittany Lions took off on another 3-0 run that forced Hulse to burn his second timeout, and go up 17-13 in the set. The Ramblers fought off two set points behind a Devin Joslyn kill and Luke Denton ace, but it was too little, too late and PSU claimed the opening frame, 25-21.

A .391 Rambler attack percentage in the second set was by far their most efficient in the match. A pair of kills and a Denton service ace helped the team's cause to a 7-3 lead that forced an early PSU timeout. Getting the start in the second set, Joslyn took advantage with three kills coming in a span of four Loyola points to put the home team in front, 11-7. Joslyn's third kill of the frame kick-started four consecutive Rambler kills that extended the lead to seven at 14-7. Later on, Collin Mahan's ace gave Loyola its first 10-point lead of the set at 18-8 and effectively turned it into a wash. Mahan finished the stanza with five kills and had 11 through two sets to help Loyola tie up the match with a 25-16 set two win.

Refusing to back down after a rough set, Penn State rebounded in the third and led by two at the 12-10 mark. However, the Ramblers were resilient in their own right and chipped away at the lead. A 5-0 run put Loyola back in front at 19-17, which proved key down the line as Penn State tied it back up at 20-20. The squads traded points into extras, and each team had multiple chances to end the frame before the 29-29 mark. As Loyola faced its fifth set this season of 30 or points, Kyle Piekarski recorded a kill and a block on back-to-back plays to give his team the 31-29 set win.

Mahan anchored the Ramblers offensively in the close-out set with seven kills on just nine attempts. He registered two of them early en route to Loyola going up 4-3. An unusual sequence of events began with a 4-0 Penn State run to put them up 8-5. Loyola had an answer with a 4-0 run of its own, but the 9-8 lead was short-lived once the Nittany Lions stopped the bleeding and went up 10-9. The Maroon and Gold followed that up with a 3-0 run to retake the lead at 12-10 and force a PSU timeout. The dust settled after the aforementioned point explosions, with each team working their ways into late ties of each number between 20 and 25. In the exact same fashion as the previous frame, Piekarski notched a kill and a block in succession to capture the fourth set 27-25, and claim the match 3-1.

A Look at the Numbers
-Kyle Piekarski joined the career-high club by recording six blocks to set a personal best. He also tied his career high in kills with 12.
-To go along with his 57 assists, Garrett Zolg notched 11 digs for his first double-double of the season, and eighth of his career.
-Zolg's 57 assists is the most by a Rambler in a match since Peter Hutz tallied 66 on April 9, 2016 vs. Ball State.
-Loyola's 10 blocks is the first time the team has notched 10 or more in a four-set match since April 18, 2018.

Up Next
Loyola begins conference play on the road next weekend (Feb. 8-9) with the usual Friday-Saturday slate. First on the docket is a 7 p.m. match at Quincy on Feb. 8.

Quincy 3, Alderson Broaddus 0
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - A stellar performance by the Quincy Hawks men's volleyball team led to a 3-0 win over Alderson Broaddus on Saturday (Feb. 2). The Hawks defeated the Battlers 25-14, 25-18, 26-24.

Play by Play

1st Set

Quincy established itself in from the first point of the set and took an 8-3 lead over the Battlers.

The Hawks benefitted from six attack errors in the first set and held a commanding 17-9 lead.

This lead allowed for the Hawks to cruise to a 25-14 first set win.

Quincy totaled 11 kills in the first set on 29 total attacks.

2nd Set

The Hawks and Battlers were locked at 8-8 before a 4-1 Hawks run gave QU a 12-9 lead in the second set.

Quincy extended its lead to 15-10 following a pair of errors by Alderson Broaddus and a service ace by Matt Friddle.

Quincy's lead never fell below four following the 15-10 lead and the Hawks took the second set 25-18.

3rd Set

The Battlers found their rhythm in the third set and stormed out to a 7-3 lead over the Hawks.

A 5-0 run by QU erased the Battlers lead and gave the Hawks a 8-7 advantage.

For the remainder of the third set, neither team held more than a three-point advantage.

With the Battlers holding a 23-22 lead, the Hawks scored the next two points on a kill by Blake Sprecher and an attack error by Alderson Broaddus.

Facing match point, the Battlers tied the set at 24-24.

However, Quincy scored the next two points to take the third set 26-24.

The Hawks finished with 16 kills in the final set to complete the 3-0 sweep.

Stat Leaders

Omari Wheeler: 15 Kills
Matt Friddle: 29 Assists, 3 Service Aces

Next up for QU

The Hawks play Lourdes University tomorrow (Feb. 3) at Lindenwood University

QU's Record


Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Harvard 1
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The offense was clicking again on Saturday night (Feb. 2) at Harvard, as Purdue Fort Wayne took down the Crimson 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-16) by hitting .390.

Michael Keegan played an all-around match in the Mastodons' win, finishing with 44 assists, seven digs, six kills (ties career-high), and a block. After his 44 assists tonight, he has 2947 in his career. He is 13 away from passing Omar Rivera and moving into fifth place in program history in career assists. He is 242 away from being the rally scoring leader at Purdue Fort Wayne.

In Harvard's home gym, Pelegrin Vargas led the 'Dons in kills with 18, and had an even performance throughout the match. He had four or five kills in each of the four sets. Kade Bontrager got his first-career start and came ready to go. He hit 4-0-7 in the opening frame to give energy in the opening points, earning two kills on the first two Mastodon points of the match. After being down one at 18-17, Purdue Fort Wayne took four straight behind Colton Stone's serve, with an ace and a block from Tomas Gago and Bontrager.

The second set was one of runs, as the two squads traded back and forth. The Crimson took an 8-3 push to go up 24-19, putting the set out of reach. Vargas had five kills, followed by Gago and Richie Diedrich with three each. Harvard hit .688 in the second.

Vargas started the third set on the right foot with an ace, one of his three on the evening. The 'Dons used a 6-1 run later on to go up 15-11, but the Crimson responded with three straight of their own. Vargas righted the ship, getting three kills on the next three points for the Mastodons. Diedrich had a block on the final point of the set to give the 'Dons a 2-1 lead.

The fourth set was all Mastodon offense, as they hit a blistering .630 (17-0-27). Bontrager and Vargas each had four kills, but Stone had five of his nine in the final frame. Troy Gooch came off the bench and had two aces. Kolbie Knorr had four of his five digs in set four.

Bontrager finished with 14 kills for a .423 clip in his first-career start to serve as a valuable second option to Vargas' 18 kills and .441 percentage. Gago had eight kills on 12 swings for .583. He also had five blocks

The Mastodons improve to 6-4 while Harvard drops to 1-6. Purdue Fort Wayne has a quick turnaround with Ohio State coming to Fort Wayne on Tuesday (Feb. 5) to give the 'Dons their first MIVA match of the season.

Ball State 3, Sacred Heart 1
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Ball State University men's volleyball team played three solid sets of volleyball and left little doubt about the outcome as it cruised to a 3-1 defeat of Sacred Heart on Saturday night.

The win marked the fourth straight for the Cardinals and improved their record to 6-4 for the year. Sacred Heart dropped to 1-5 on the season with the loss.

Ball State tallied 47 kills on the night to SHU's 42 and outhit the Pioneers by a margin of .282 to .149. Service aces were even at five apiece while BSU had 10 more assists than Sacred Heart at a 46-36 mark. The Cardinals also compiled 42 digs to 35 for the Pioneers.

Sets one and two were a breeze for Ball State as they won by scores of 25- 17 and 25-21. The Cardinals appeared to be headed for a sweep, but Sacred Heart wouldn't go down without a fight as it dominated the third set by winning 25-16.

Ball State quickly regrouped in game four and ensured the match wouldn't go to a fifth set as it won 25-15. The Cardinals finished the set in style by scoring seven of the final nine points of the match.

Matt Szews led Ball State in kills on the night with 15 on a .333 hitting percentage. He was closely followed by Kaleb Jenness who had 13 kills as the other Cardinal in double figures. Jake Romano did a good job setting up his attackers all night as he tallied 38 assists to go with seven digs. Lemuel Turner continued his solid stretch of blocking by leading the team with five, and Jenness had a match-high 11 digs.

Ball State now returns back to Muncie where it will continue MIVA play. The Cardinals square off with conference foe McKendree on Thursday (Feb. 7) and then host George Mason on Sunday (Feb. 10). Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

Ohio State 3, Lincoln Memorial 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The No. 14 Ohio State University men's volleyball team returned to the win column Saturday night (Feb. 2), handing Lincoln Memorial University (5-3) a four-set defeat. Three of four frames ended with a 25-23 ledger, two going in favor of the Buckeyes. Ohio State added a 25-19 second stanza to improve to 4-5 on the season (25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23).

Blake Leeson attacked over .800 for the second time this season, terminating 12 of 14 error-free attempts (went 11-for-13 vs. Erskine). The Buckeye senior raised his season hitting percentage to .550. He matched Sean Ryan with a team-high four blocks (1s, 3a) as well.

Speaking of Ryan, the freshman from Countryside, Ill., discarded his redshirt Friday and exploded for 14 kills at a .345 attacking rate in his second collegiate match the following evening. With 13 digs, Ryan was one of two Buckeyes to register a double-double. Reese Devilbiss was the other, accumulating 13 kills and 10 digs while swinging .346 (13-4-26). Aaron Samarin paced all players with 16 digs in the four-set affair.

Ethan Talley, one of three true freshmen in the starting lineup for the second straight night, was responsible for eight kills at a .462 clip. Guiding him and the entire Buckeye offense was fellow true freshman Parker Miskesch. He is a libero by nature and has never been a full-time setter in his life … until this weekend. With all three setters on the OSU roster out of commission, Mikesch took the reins and admirably dished out 53 assists (13.25/set) in steering the Buckeyes to a .328 team hitting percentage.

The trifecta of '25-23' sets included a total of 30 tied scores and 14 lead changes, separating the two squads by inches.

SET 1: Locked up at 22-22, Devilbiss rose to the occasion. His fifth kill of the set pushed Ohio State ahead. Devilbiss then walked to the baseline and ripped a service ace to deliver the first Buckeye set point. Following a temporary delay because of an LMU kill, Martin Lallamend then closed it out with a set-clinching kill, 25-23.

SET 2: Ohio State maintained possession of momentum in the second, rolling along offensively to a .484 rhythm (19-4-31) and nearly doubling the Railsplitters' digs effort (9 to 5). Leeson bounced five kills and the Buckeyes entered intermission with a 2-0 edge in-hand thanks to a 25-19 triumph.

SET 3: Lincoln Memorial took its turn constructing a late-set surge in the third, breaking up a 19-19 stalemate by rattling off four consecutive points to go up 23-19. Ohio State would respond by cutting its deficit to a lone point at 23-22 and 24-23 before the Railsplitters ultimately closed it out and forced a fifth set as 25-23 victors.

SET 4: Fast forward to a tie late in the set once again. This time its 23-23 when Ryan and Devilbiss connect on back-to-back kills set up by Mikesch to slam the door shut.

It is a quick turnaround for the Scarlet & Gray, jumping back into conference play for a road match at Purdue Fort Wayne on Tuesday, Feb. 4.

UCLA 3, Lewis 1
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The 10th ranked Lewis men's volleyball team took the opening set against fifth ranked UCLA but the Bruins came back to win the next three to defeat the Flyers in four sets on Saturday night at Neil Carey Arena. Lewis falls to 7-4 on the season while UCLA improves to 8-2.

The Flyers led by five in the opening set but the Bruins used a 6-2 run to get within 13-12. The two sides then went back-and-forth but Lewis was able to pull away thanks to four straight points. Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS) had two kills in that run and teamed up with Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) for a block.

The lead grew to as many as eight but UCLA staved off two set points before Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) ended the set with a kill.

The Bruins hit .536 in set two and led by as many as seven points in the stanza. The Flyers cut the deficit to four on multiple occasions but were unable to get any closer as UCLA won the set 25-20 to even the match.

The Bruins used an 11-5 run midway through the swing set to extend its lead from one to seven points after a kill by Dylan Missry. Lewis recorded three straight blocks to close within 19-15 but UCLA regained control scoring six of the next eight points to stretch the lead back to six. The Bruins would go onto win the set 25-19 on a kill by Daenan Gyimah.

UCLA led 10-6 in set four but the Flyers came back to even the frame at 10 on a block by Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo). The Bruins responded with three straight points and wouldn't trail the rest of the way as they went onto win 25-20.

Lewis hit .262 for the match and was led by Coenen with 12 kills while Moses added 10. Yoshimoto had 34 assists and was tied with Moses in digs with seven.

UCLA had an attack percentage of .336 and finished with three players in double figures led by Missry with 18. Gyimah and Adam Parks added 12 and 10 kills respectively. Micah Ma'a had 29 assists and 10 digs.

The Flyers return to action next Friday as they travel to St. Charles for the MIVA opener against Lindenwood at 7 p.m.