Lindenwood 3, Loyola 1
The Lindenwood men's volleyball knocked off its first nationally-ranked opponent in two seasons on Saturday afternoon in Hyland Arena. The Lions defeated No. 9 Loyola Chicago in four sets by scores of 25-18, 25-23, 22-25, and 25-12.
In the first set, the Lions took advantage of errors by the Ramblers to take a 1-0. Loyola had a negative hitting percentage in the set, and finished with nine hitting errors and six service errors. Lindenwood trailed 8-6 early, but score eight unanswered points. The Ramblers had six hitting errors in that run which put the Lions ahead for good.
Lindenwood trailed late in the second set by a 22-20 score, but after a sideout, Michael Chard had back-to-back aces. The Ramblers tied the game at 23, but a Blake Koppel kill and Connor Hipelius gave the Lions the set victory.
Loyola jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third set. The Lions cut their deficit to one numerous times, but could never tie or take the lead.
In the final set, it was all Lindenwood as its scored on 64 percent of its serves. The score was tied 5-5 early on, but Lindenwood went on an 11-1 run to put the game away. Koppel served five points during that run and Nathan Van Dellen had four points on his serve.
Lindenwood hit .207 for the match and held the Ramblers to a .118 mark. On the serve, the Lions had six aces and 12 serving errors, while Loyola recorded just three aces and 19 errors. The Lions also had seven more digs and three more blocks.
Koppel led the Lions with 17 kills, and Chard had a double-double of 10 kills and 10 digs, and also had three aces. Adam Brewster led the team with 32 assists and eight blocks, and Ryan Vorderer had a team-high 14 digs. Connor Hipelius had 12.5 points, including seven blocks, six kills and two aces.
Lindenwood improves to 2-14 on the season and 2-9 in the MIVA. The Lions travel to Tennessee next week for contests against King and Lees-McRae.
Lewis 3, Quincy 0
Quincy, Ill. - The No. 5 Lewis University men's volleyball team recorded a season-best hitting percentage of .449 (45 kills, 10 errors, 78 attacks) as the visiting Flyers picked up the 25-21, 25-18, 25-19 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association victory over Quincy University at Pepsi Arena on Saturday (March 4) afternoon.
It was the best hitting performance by a Flyer squad since they hit .486 (45-11-70) against the same Hawks on April 11, 2015.
The victory extends Lewis' season-best winning streak to seven matches and the Flyers improve to 15-3 overall and 9-2 in MIVA action. The Hawks drop to 3-14 on the campaign and 1-10 in conference play.
Lewis' trio of freshman outside hitter Kyle Bugee (Los Altos, Calif./Homestead), senior outside hitter Trevor Weiskircher (Loves Park, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and redshirt senior middle blocker Jacob Schmiegelt (Lombard, Ill./Willowbrook) combined for 34 kills - matching the entire output of Quincy kills as a team.
Bugee posted a match-high 13 kills and hit .571 (13-1-21), while Weiskircher had 11 putaways and hit .444 (11-3-18). Schmiegelt had a perfect hitting percentage of 1.000 with 10 kills on 10 swings with no errors and added a match-high three block assists.
Lewis sophomore setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo) dished out a match-high 37 assists along with three block assists, while redshirt sophomore libero Michael Simmons (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) recorded six digs.
Lewis returns to action on Wednesday (March 8), as the Flyers meet No. 7 UCLA. Tip-off is set for 7 PM PT.
McKendree 3, Saint Francis (PA) 1
(Lebanon, Ill. Mar. 4) – The McKendree University men's volleyball picked up a road victory over Saint Francis University Saturday evening in Loretto, PA in a non-conference show down. The Bearcats won by scores of 23-25, 25-19, 25-22, and 27-25.
The win boosts McKendree to 7-12 overall. The Bearcats return to action Mar. 10 when they host Grand Canyon University when the Bearcats return to Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play.
McKendree saw four players reach double figures in kills highlighted by junior outside hitter Nolan Rueter (Burlington, WI/Burlington) who put down 19 kills to pair with six digs. Senior opposite Andrew Schnittker (Arlington Heights, IL/Buffalo Grove) finished with 12 kills, nine digs, and a team high four blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Will Frank (Moro, IL/Edwardsville) tagged 11 kills and five blocks, while senior middle hitter Wyatt Patterson (Flossmoor, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor) went 10-12 from the field for a .833 attack percentage to go with four digs.
Junior setter Pasquale Fiduccia (Hanover Park, IL/Glenbard North) notched a double-double with fifty assists and a match high 14 digs. Junior middle blocker Brendan Schmidt (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West) added four kills and tied Schnittker with four blocks, while sophomore libero Zach Thompson (Defiance, MO/Francis Howell) stuck seven digs to help anchor the Bearcats defensive effort.
Rueter scored on three straight attacks to give McKendree a 4-2 lead to open the match. The Red Flash countered with a 4-0 run to take a 7-5 lead before a pair of kills from Frank tied that set at 9-9. Saint Francis went ahead 12-10, but McKendree a pair of kills from Rueter to spark a 7-0 run to put the Bearcats ahead 17-12. Patterson and Frank tagged back to back kills to push ahead 21-16, but the Red Flash strung together an 8-2 run to flip the script at 24-22 forcing set point. Rueter cut the lead to one with a kill, but Saint Francis scored on the next point to pull off a comeback win in set one.
Rueter used a pair of kills to open set two with a 9-7 lead for the Bearcats. McKendree followed with a 5-0 run that featured a kill and a block from both Schmidt and Schnittker to give the Bearcats a comfortable lead at 14-8. Schmidt and Patterson each tallied kills as the set moved to 18-12 before a pair of kills from Schnittker forced set point at 24-18, which was finished off by a kill from Frank to even the match at 1-1.
A kill from Patterson followed by a pair from Rueter helped McKendree to jump out to a 6-1 lead to start set three. The Red Flash worked their way back into the set at 13-11 before a kill from Schnittker and a service error moved the lead to four at 15-11. Frank, Rueter, and Schnittker each added a kill as the set shifted to 22-19, before Frank and Rueter each put down another kill to close out set three by three.
The Red Flash used a 4-0 run to open the fourth set with a 6-2 lead before moving ahead 10-5. The Bearcats responded with a 5-1 spree as Frank and Rueter each scored on attacks. Saint Francis used a kill to push the lead to three at 17-14, but a 3-1 run from McKendree trimmed the lead to one thanks to two more scores from Rueter. The Red Flash regained control at 22-19, but a kill from Schmidt sparked a 4-0 run to put the Bearcats on top at 23-22. The Red Flash rallied to tie the set at 23, 24, and 25 before a kill from Patterson moved McKendree ahead 26-25 followed by a kill from Rueter to close the set and the match for the Bearcats.