Weekend Play Begins For Five MIVA Teams
ST. CHARLES, Mo – Five members of the MIVA conference competed on Friday evening with one conference match in the mix.
Grand Canyon vs. Barton; Grand Canyon vs. Concordia-Irvine
Grand Canyon opened the GCU Invitational with a 3-0 victory over Barton College. The Antelopes won the first match by scores of 25-8, 25-15, and 25-20.
Jordon Tarantino led the way with 10 kills on 17 swings and a .471 average. He also had four service aces and was part of two blocks.
Right side Andrew Muys got his longest action of the season. An opening match starter, Muys has battled injury much of the season. He played the entire match Friday and had six kills on 13 tries, two service aces, and five digs and was part of three blocks.
In Grand Canyon's second match of the evening, the Antelopes fell to Concordia-Irvine by a 3-1 score. The Antelopes picked up the first set at 25-16, but fell in the final three by scores of 25-19, 25-19, and 25-21.
Christian Ward led Grand Canyon in the second match of the day, recording a team-high nine kills at a clip of .533. Keith Smith recorded 37 assists and Trent Bruns led the squad with six digs.
Grand Canyon falls to 6-7 on the season. The Antelopes will take on Concordia once again on Saturday.
No. 6 Ohio State vs. IPFW
The No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes defeated IPFW 3-1 on Friday evening. After dropping the first set 29-31, the Buckeyes rallied and took sets two-through-four by scores of 25-23, 25-18, and 25-23. Ohio State remains perfect in MIVA play at 3-0 and they improve to 9-2 overall. IPFW falls to 5-4 overall and 2-2 in the MIVA.
The Buckeye defense totaled a season-best 17.0 blocks in the match. Redshirt senior John Tholen finished with a career-best nine (1s, 8a) blocks, while redshirt sophomore Peter Heinen had a career-high eight blocks (1s, 7a). Sophomore libero Brennan Anderson recorded a career-best 24 digs and senior Nick Gibson set a career high with 10 digs and added four blocks.
Eddie Rivera recorded his second double-double of the week with 17 kills and 12 digs against Ohio State. He chipped in with three blocks, an assist and a service ace to fill up the box score. Ramon Burgos and Andy Sellan each recorded 11 kills for the Mastodons. Omar Rivera was also an impact player for IPFW as he recorded a double-double with 49 assists and 12 digs.
Ohio State returns to the St. John Arena on Sunday as they will host Ball State. IPFW is off until February 20 as they will travel to Loyola for a conference match.
Lindenwood at Milwaukee School of Engineering
The Lindenwood men's volleyball team picked up its second victory in as many matched on Friday evening as it defeated Milwaukee Engineering by a 3-0 score. The Lions won by scores of 25-22, 25-21, and 26-24.
Junior outside hitter Michael Adams led the Lions attack, recording 16 kills in the three-set match at a clip of .344. Tim Huizinga also recorded double-digit kills, adding 12 of his own. David Poole led all players on the floor with nine digs and Chris Cox led all players with 35 assists.
The Lions hit .194 as a team for the evening. Lindenwood recorded 10 block assists and one solo block in the contest.
Lindenwood improves to 3-6 on the year and 1-1 in non-conference matches. The Lions will continue its road trip by heading to Kenosha, Wis. for a pair of non-conference matches against St. Xavier and Carthage on Saturday.