Quincy 3, Lincoln Memorial 1
QUINCY, Ill. – The Quincy University men's volleyball team stopped a 10-match losing streak on Thursday (March 16) with a four-set win, 25-23, 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, over host Lincoln Memorial in Harrogate, Tenn.
The Hawks (4-14) put together a solid defensive effort, piling up eight blocks and holding the Railsplitters (8-15) to a .120 hitting percentage.
In the first set, the Hawks got out to a big lead, 11-5, getting four blocks in that stretch. Lincoln Memorial got it all the way back to 24-23 as the Hawks had three chances at set point before finally putting it away on a kill by junior Anthony Winter (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/St. Edward).
The Hawks took their first lead of Set 2 at 8-7 on a kill by freshman Blake Sprecher (Cross Plains, Wis./Middleton) as part of a 7-1 run that pushed the Hawks ahead 13-8. Junior Thane Fanfulik (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) and sophomore David Siebum (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney) each had a service ace in that stretch, which gave QU the lead for good.
After dropping the third set by a 25-20 margin, the Hawks bounced back in the fourth, never trailing as they closed out with a 25-20 win. The key stretch came as Quincy broke an 8-8 tie with six straight points with Fanfulik serving.
The Hawks had eight service aces and hit .192 as a team. Siebum led the Hawks with 16 kills (.406) on 32 swings and a team-high three aces. Winter added 10 kills (.182) while Fanfulik neared a double-double with 32 assists and a team-best eight digs.
Evan Cory paced the Railsplitters with nine kills (.148).
The Hawks return to the floor on Friday at 6 p.m. CT when they take on Belmont Abbey at King University.
Lewis 3, McKendree 0
Romeoville, Ill. - The No. 7 Lewis University men's volleyball team took advantage of 44 total McKendree errors (27 hitting, 17 service), as the Flyers collected the 27-25, 25-21, 25-13 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association victory over the visiting Bearcats at Neil Carey Arena on Thursday (March 16) night.
The Flyers held McKendree to a hitting percentage of .013 (28 kills, 27 errors, 80 attacks) on the evening.
Lewis redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Mitch Perinar (Channahon, Ill./Minooka) topped the Flyers with 11 kills and a hitting percentage of .296 (11-3-27).
With the win, Lewis improves to 17-5 overall and 10-2 in conference play, while the Bearcats fall to 7-15 on the campaign and 2-7 in MIVA action.
Lewis sophomore setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo) dished out a team-best 24 assists, while redshirt sophomore libero Michael Simmons (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) had six digs.
Flyer redshirt freshman outside hitter Ryan Coenen (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) picked up a team-best four blocks (2 solo) in the win.
Lewis returns to action on Saturday (March 18), as the Flyers welcome No. 2 ranked Ohio State to Neil Carey Arena for a 7 PM first serve.Print Friendly Version
Ohio State 3, Loyola 0
CHICAGO, Ill. – The No. 2 Ohio State University men's volleyball team left little doubt in a 25-20, 25-21, 25-15 sweep of the 10th-ranked Loyola Ramblers (11-8, 6-4 MIVA) in a road victory taking less than 90 minutes to complete. The Buckeyes improve to 20-1 overall and remain atop the MIVA standings at 9-0.
Ohio State swung .352 as a squad while limiting the Ramblers to a .153 attacking efficiency. Gabriel Domecus dug a match-high 13 balls to lead the way defensively, complementing the offensive duo of Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combining for two dozen kills. Driss Guessous was a heavy contributor on both sides of the next, racking up seven blocks (one solo) and bouncing seven kills on 11 attempts with two misses (.455).
• Ohio State has recorded 19 straight wins in true road matches (last loss in an opponent's home gym came in 2015)
• The Buckeyes are also riding a 24-match winning streak versus MIVA opponents
Head coach Pete Hanson roamed the Buckeye sideline for his 999th career match, picking up his 665th triumph (.665-335; .666). The four-time National Coach of the Year also upped his MIVA career mark to 289-90 (.763) as Ohio State capped off its fourth consecutive sweep of Loyola.
Set 1: Playing in front of an ESPN3 audience, the Buckeyes raced out to a 7-3 edge before Loyola burned its first T.O. of the evening. Ohio State continued to pour it on, however, surging ahead by as many as eight points en route to a 25-20 first-set winner in which OSU never trailed.
Set 2: Szerszen came alive in the second stanza, exploding for eight kills via a .583 hitting percentage. Trailing 13-11 midway through the frame, Ohio State rattled off four straight to pull ahead for good in a 25-21 besting.
Set 3: The Buckeyes suffocated Loyola in the third, accumulated 12 digs and stuffing the Ramblers thrice. The superb defensive effort holding Loyola to a minus-.038 hitting percentage masked a subpar attacking performance for the Scarlet & Gray, doing little to derail a 25-15 clincher.
Saturday night (March 18) brings a tougher challenge, sending the Buckeyes to seventh-ranked Lewis University (10-2 in MIVA play) for an 8 p.m. ET meeting.