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4/13 - MIVA Tournament Quarterfinals Recap

4/13 - MIVA Tournament Quarterfinals Recap

No. 1 Lewis 3, No. 8 Quincy 0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The No. 7 Lewis men's volleyball team swept Quincy to open play in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament on Saturday evening at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers improve to 23-5 while the Hawks end their season with a record of 5-23.

Lewis, seeded first in the tournament, hit .508 in the contest while holding Quincy, seeded eighth, to a .125 hitting percentage. Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) finished with a match-high 12 kills and Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) added nine. Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) dished out 35 assists and Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) registered seven digs.

Lewis hit .500 in the opening set and led by as many as 10 points in the frame. Moses recorded five kills on six swings in the set and also had an ace.

The Flyers were even better in set two hitting .588 and closed the set out with an 8-4 run to win 25-18. Moses was 6-for-8 in the frame.

Lewis dominated the third set closing the match on a 10-2 run to win 25-11 and complete the sweep. Perinar recorded six kills on seven swings in the stanza.

Omari Wheeler led the Hawks with five kills while Zach Reider and Steve Bresser had four each. Adam Rogan had 18 assists while Wheeler finished with five digs.

The Flyers host fourth seeded McKendree in the MIVA Semifinals on Wednesday (April 17) at 7 p.m. at Neil Carey Arena. The Bearcats avoided a reverse sweep defeating fifth seeded Ball State 16-14 in the fifth set to win 3-2 on Saturday.

No. 2 Loyola 3, No. 7 Ohio State 1
In Short…
The No. 2-seed Ramblers eliminated Ohio State and moved on to the MIVA semifinals with a four-set victory. Collin Mahan posted his fifth double-double of the season (14 kills, 11 digs) while Paul Narup notched a career high 13 kills while hitting .812 in the process.

Coach Hulse's Thoughts
"It was a really tough match. Ohio State brought a lot, and we had to respond to a few different things," head coach Mark Hulse said. "I'm really proud of the guys and it's a really positive first step to where we want to go."

How It Happpened
Loyola raced out to a 7-3 advantage on the heels of a Paul Narup service ace. OSU narrowed the Ramblers' lead to 11-7, but Loyola responded with a 3-0 run that featured a Garrett Zolg ace and a Collin Mahan kill. Loyola called timeout after back-to-back Jake Hanes aces, and the break in the action paid off. A 5-0 Rambler run put the home team back in charge, a stretch that had kills from Will Tischler and Mahan, as well as an ace from Dane Leclair that propelled them to a 22-12 lead. Moments later, Tischler's kill inked the opening set win at 25-15.

A 9-3 Buckeye run out of the gates stung Loyola and had them playing catch up the rest of the second frame. Mahan posted a kill to stop the bleeding, but three more OSU points kept them in control at 16-11. Loyola responded with a 4-0 run that trimmed the visitor's lead to 16-15, but it was all Ohio State from then on out. Eight of the next 10 points went Ohio State's way and gave them a 24-17 lead. The Ramblers held off three OSU set points, highlighted by a Kyler Kotsakis ace, but it Ohio State captured the stanza 25-20 and tied the match up.

Kyle Piekarski's opening ace in set three set the tone the rest of the way for the Ramblers. The early point explosion began with four consecutive tallies that ran the lead to 7-2. Ohio State took a timeout, but the Ramblers kept their foot on the gas pedal with a 7-1 run that gave them a 10-point lead. A triple-team block with Piekarski, Zolg and Mahan established the 15-5 lead and sent the crowd at Gentile Arena into a frenzy. The teams traded points the rest of the way, with Mahan's 10th kill of the night completing the 25-14 set three win.

The teams engaged in an evenly matched fourth set that had 21 ties, including 10 within each squad's first 10 points. Neither team could gain any separation, as a Mahan kill late in the frame broke a stretch of 16 consecutive pattern points. The Buckeyes tied it up again at 21-21, but the Ramblers went for the throat and grabbed the first two-point lead of the set with a Narup kill and a triple-block that included Leclair, Tischler and Narup. Mahan's service ace one point later extended the lead to 24-21 and put the Buckeyes on the brink of elimination. OSU held off one set point, but Mahan posted his 14th kill of the evening moments later and secured the 25-22 set four win, punching his team's ticket to the MIVA semifinals.

A Look at the Numbers
-The victory gave the Ramblers 20 wins on the season, marking the 15th time in the program's 23-year history the Maroon and Gold have reached the 20-win benchmark.
-The Ramblers' .408 team attack percentage is their highest in a four-set match this season. The team clubbed .652 in the opening frame, marking the sixth time this season the team has eclipsed .600 in a set this season.
-Dane Leclair tied his career high in digs for the second time this season with 11. The opposite hitter went over the century mark for digs this season in the process.
-Loyola beat Ohio State thrice in a season for just the third time in program history, and the first since 2015.

Up Next
The Ramblers move on to the MIVA semifinals and will host the No. 3-seed Purdue Fort Wayne. First serve occurs at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17.

No. 3 Purdue Fort Wayne 3, No. 6 Lindenwood 0
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Thanks to lockdown defense, third-seeded Purdue Fort Wayne took down sixth-seeded Lindenwood 25-12, 25-21, 25-19 on Arnie Ball Court on Saturday (April 13). The Mastodons held the Lions to a -.011 hitting percentage for the match. This is the lowest hitting percentage against the Mastodons by a conference team since 2004, when Clarke hit -.078.

This was the first MIVA Tournament win for the Mastodons since 2014.

Colton Stone finished with three aces, moving him into 10th place in program history in career aces with 99. He is one away from moving into a tie with Jeff Ptak for ninth. Michael Keegan had two digs to move into a tie with Tom Juhnke for ninth place all-time in career digs with 626.

The 'Dons dominated the first set offensively, rallying to a .520 hitting percentage (14-1-25). Both Tony Price and Stone had four kills on six attacks. The Mastodons had 12 digs and two blocks to hold Lindenwood to .038 hitting. The 'Dons never trailed the Lions in the first set, jumping out to a 17-7 lead that put the frame far out of reach.

In the second set, Lindenwood's defense set in, holding the 'Dons to .161, but the Purdue Fort Wayne defense continued with 12 more digs and two more blocks. The Lions hit .091 for the frame. This was the closest set throughout, as there were 14 ties and seven lead changes. The 'Dons used a 3-0 push late to go up 22-19, which included one of Stone's aces.

After taking a 2-1 lead in the last set, the Mastodons never trailed. Stone's service led the way in an 8-0 run after the Lions took the first point of the set. The Mastodons ran out the set by leading 24-13, but the Lions would not leave without a fight. They took six straight points behind Logan Nash's serve, which included three blocks from All-MIVA Second Team member Connor Hipelius. Pelegrin Vargas picked up his sixth kill of the night on the one that ended the match. The Lions hit a match-low -.147 in the third set.

Four Mastodons had at least six digs: Price (6), Vargas (7), Kolbie Knorr (7) and Stone (9).

Lindenwood falls to 9-19 and ends the season. The Mastodons improve to 17-11 and will await the result of second-seeded Loyola and seventh-seeded Ohio State to determine which team they will play in the MIVA Tournament. If Loyola wins, the 'Dons will travel to Chicago to face the Ramblers. If Ohio State wins, Purdue Fort Wayne will welcome the Buckeyes to Arnie Ball Court. In either scenario, the match will be played on Wednesday, April 17.

No. 4 McKendree 3, No. 5 Ball State 2
The McKendree University men's volleyball team defeated the Ball State Cardinals, 3-2 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Quarterfinals Saturday.

McKendree powered through the first set to collect a 25-19 victory in set one and used that momentum to earn a 25-22 win in set two. The Cardinals pushed the Bearcats into extra points to win in the third and fourth sets, 27-25 and 29-27. McKendree came out victorious after leaving it all on the court in the fifth set, winning 16-14 to take down the Cardinals 3-2 to advance to the MIVA Semifinals.

Junior opposite Zach Schnittker (Arlington Heights, IL/Buffalo Grove) led the offense with 15 kills for McKendree. Senior outside hitter Will Frank (Moro, IL/Edwardsville) and junior middle blocker Lucas Galifos (Mokena,IL/Lincoln Way East) were also key offensive players for the Bearcats, each tallying 11 kills in the match.

Senior libero Zach Thompson (Defiance, MO/Francis Howell) tied his personal best in recorded digs with 16 in the match to lead the Bearcat defense. Frank and Schnittker helped power the back line as well, Frank recording 13 digs, a personal season high, and Schnittker tallying 11.

Galifos and Schnittker were powerhouses at the net for the Bearcat defense. Galifos recorded five total blocks to lead the McKendree defense at the net with Schnittker close behind with four total blocks. Freshman setter Ryan Serrano (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) collected the only two solo blocks on either side of the net.

McKendree will face Lewis University in the next round of the MIVA tournament for the semifinals.