Lewis 3, McKendree 2
Lebanon, Ill. - The No. 6 Lewis University men's volleyball team rallied from a two-game deficit to claim the 20-25, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16, 15-7 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association victory over McKendree at the Melvin Price Convocation Center on Saturday (Feb. 11) night.
Lewis redshirt opposite hitter Mitch Perinar (Channahon, Ill./Minooka) posted a match-high 21 kills while hitting .486 (21 kills, 4 errors, 35 attacks) to lead the Flyers, while senior outside hitter Trevor Weiskircher (Loves Park, Ill./Boylan Catholic) contributed 14 kills and hit .429 (14-2-28).
Flyer sophomore setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo) dished out 46 assists, while redshirt sophomore libero Michael Simmons (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) garnered a team-best eight digs.
Lewis redshirt senior middle blocker Jacob Schmiegelt (Lombard, Ill./Willowbrook) pitched in a match-high six block assists.
With the win, Lewis improves to 9-3 on the campaign and 4-2 in MIVA action, while the host Bearcats drop to 5-10 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
As a team, Lewis hit .383 (53-12-107) while McKendree connected at a clip of .314 (61-24-118). The Flyers took advantage of 21 McK serving errors and held an 11-5 advantage in total blocks.
Lewis returns to action on Friday (Feb. 17), as the Flyers host Ball State for a 7 PM tip-off at Neil Carey Arena.
Grand Canyon 3, Quincy 1
QUINCY, Ill. – Head coach Matt Werle expressed the importance for GCU to win both games at Quincy this weekend. The Lopes did just that, edging out the Hawks in four sets on Saturday evening to complete the sweep. Grand Canyon now has a record of 5-1 in MIVA play and improves to 7-5 overall.
"Tonight the guys showed up to work," Werle praised. "We placed a big emphasis on our first contact as well as blocking. Team first!"
After a slow start on Friday night, the Lopes came out determined for a better beginning. GCU jumped out to an early 11-7 lead in the first set and kept the momentum rolling behind kills from every pin attacker. Cullen Mosher paced the Lopes with four kills on four attacks and the Lopes rolled to a 25-18 set victory.
Set 2 held more of the same for GCU. The Lopes again got out to an early lead, up 8-2, behind solid offensive attacking. Grand Canyon hit an impressive .625 as they managed 21 team kills. Shalev Saada had six kills during the set and Ashton King notched five. GCU dominated the set and won by a score of 25-16.
The Lopes struggled to maintain the same efficiency as errors plagued the team throughout the third set. Despite six kills from Drake Silbernagel, GCU was forced to play a fourth set after losing 22-25.
With one poor offensive set behind them, the Lopes never trailed in Set 4. King knocked down three straight kills to give GCU a 3-2 lead and they never looked back. Silbernagel went 5-for-5 in kills for the set and the Lopes pulled away for the 25-21 victory.
"Each guy understood their role and executed," Werle added. "Drake and Ashton were unstoppable as usual."
Silbernagel led the Lopes with 18 kills for the evening. He committed zero attacking errors and hit .783 for the game. Fellow middle hitter King trailed closely behind with 15 kills of his own. Saada also reached double-digits, recording 10 kills and nine digs. Defensively, libero Sky Engleman paced GCU with 12 digs.
GCU will return to Antelope Gymnasium for a break in MIVA action next week. The Lopes will play two matches on Saturday, Feb. 18. The first will be versus Benedictine Mesa at 11 a.m. and the second is against California Lutheran at 5 p.m. Both games will be broadcasted by GCU TV.
Ohio State 3, Loyola 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 1 Ohio State University men's volleyball team secured sole possession of first place in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association standings at the quarter mark of the season, moving to 4-0 in MIVA play and 13-0 overall with a straight sets (25-22, 15-18, 25-19) triumph over No. 10 Loyola (7-4, 3-1 MIVA).
The Buckeyes attacked .412 as a team, led by the dynamic duo of Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen. Johnson racked up 18 kills on 27 swings with a lone error (.630) while Szerszen connected on 13 kills at a .391 attacking rate.
Szerszen added a team-high 11 digs for the double-double and Driss Guessous handled the defensive load up front with his five blocks (two solo).
• Ohio State is riding a 36-match winning streak
• Marks the longest winning streak in OSU Athletics history for teams competing in head-to-head competition
• The Buckeyes last suffered an NCAA loss on February 6, 2016
• Ohio State has won 108 of 128 sets (84%) during the victorious stretch
• The streak includes six wins over Top-5 opponents and half (18) against teams ranked inside the Top-12
• Also included in the streak are 16 straight wins in true road matches
• Loyola owns 40-match run in 2014-15 while UCLA is believed to own the all-time record of 47 straight (1983-85)