Grand Canyon 3, Princeton 1
PHOENIX – After a tough five-set loss to the Princeton Tigers last night, the Lopes earned redemption on Friday evening. GCU topped the Tigers in four sets by scores of 25-15, 25-17, 22-25, and 25-22. With the win, Grand Canyon moves their record to 15-9 for the season.
"We had a much better performance tonight," GCU head coach Matt Werle said. "We keep preaching that we have to earn points and make our opponents earn them as well; we did that much better tonight by cutting our errors by almost 30."
By reducing their errors, the Lopes were dominant in Sets 1 and 2. GCU attacked over .500 in the first two sets and recorded 30 kills with only five errors in the process. Grand Canyon also limited the Princeton offense significantly better than the previous night. The Lopes tallied 22 digs and 10 blocks for the match compared to 13 digs and eight blocks for Princeton.
"Our serve reception looked familiar tonight," Werle added. "We're still not sure what happened last night because we saw the same serves. Our serve reception allowed us to hit above .400. We have raised our expectations as the season is nearing an end and our third set performance kept us from playing a 'complete' match which we will need to do next weekend at Loyola."
In the third set, GCU had a break in concentration and struggled with errors. The Lopes committed ten attacking errors in the set and allowed Princeton to get back into the match with a 25-22 set win.
Grand Canyon battled to an 18-all tie in Set 5 before returning to form. The trio of Cullen Mosher, Cody Williams and Drake Silbernagel recorded 12 of the 13 GCU kills in the set, and each had kills in the final few points to put the Lopes up for good. GCU won the set, and the match, by a score of 25-23.
For the match, Williams led GCU with 17 kills five blocks and one ace. Mosher was right behind with 16 kills and an ace and Silbernagel rounded out the attackers with 14 kills, four blocks, and an ace. Sky Engleman had a great defensive night, leading the Lopes with six digs. Setter Michael Milstein dished out 47 assists and added two blocks in the effort.
The Lopes will battle for home-court advantage in the MIVA playoffs next week as they travel to Chicago for two matchups with Loyola. GCU stands at 10-4 in the league while Loyola's conference mark is 7-4. GCU will play at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and again on Saturday, April 1.
Loyola 3, Saint Francis (PA) 0
Ben Plaisted ripped a team-high 11 kills and tenth-ranked Loyola University Chicago hit .330 as a team en route to a 32-30, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) tonight in a non-conference match at Gentile Arena. With the win, the Ramblers improve to 13-8 overall, while the Red Flash drops to 9-13. Loyola has now won 42 straight home matches versus unranked teams.
How It Happened
Loyola built a 12-8 lead in the opening set before Saint Francis rallied to even the score at 16 thanks to an 8-4 run. A kill from Collin Mahan put the Ramblers on top, 23-22, but back-to-back stops had the Red Flash serving for set point leading 24-23. However, a Ben Plaisted kill kept Loyola alive and evened the score and the teams would trade points from that point on until Mahan broke a 30-30 stalemate with a kill. Jeff Jendryk finished things off with a service ace as the Ramblers pulled out a 32-30 win.
The Red Flash tallied three unanswered points two erase Loyola's two-point advantage and grab a 12-11 lead in the second set. But Will Tischler provided a huge lift off the bench for the Ramblers tonight and his consecutive stops but Loyola back in front to stay and touched off a 6-1 run that gave LU a 17-13 lead. Saint Francis closed within 19-18, but Plaisted had a hand in three points (2 blocks, 1 kill) in a late 4-0 run that helped the Ramblers to a 25-19 victory.
Loyola got off to a bit of a slow start in the third set and trailed 7-5 before a Mahan kill ignited a 5-1 spurt that gave the Ramblers a 10-8 edge. Later in the set, Loyola was still in control of a two-point lead at 17-15, but pulled away thanks to kills from Paul Narup and Plaisted sandwiched around a Mahan service ace as part of a 3-0 run.
Inside The Box Score
- Plaisted has now tallied 10 or more kills in 11 consecutive outings.
- Jendryk notched nine kills to go with six blocks, while hitting .615 (9-1-13).
- Narup added six kills and seven blocks and Mahan pitched in nine kills.
- Jeff Hogan notched 13 kills to lead Saint Francis (Pa.).
Loyola wraps up a four-match homestand tomorrow night when it hosts No. 13 Penn State at 7 p.m.
Lewis 3, Penn State 2
Romeoville, Ill. - The No. 7 Lewis University men's volleyball team rallied from a two-game deficit to earn the 21-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-11 non-conference victory over No. 13 Penn State at Neil Carey Arena on Friday (March 24) night.
Lewis redshirt freshman outside hitter Ryan Coenen (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) notched a match-high 16 kills, while sophomore setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo) had a double-double of 35 assists and 10 digs.
Lewis redshirt senior middle blocker Jacob Schmiegelt (Lombard, Ill./Willowbrook) had a match-high six blocks and collected nine kills and a hitting percentage of .389 (9 kills, 2 errors, 18 attacks).
With the win, Lewis improves to 18-6 overall while the Nittany Lions fall to 13-8 on the campaign.
As a team, Lewis hit .341 (56-14-123), while the Nittany Lions had a hitting percentage of .275 (64-26-138).
Lewis returns to action on Saturday (March 25), as the Flyers welcome Saint Francis (PA) to Neil Carey Arena for a 7 PM first serve.
Missouri Baptist 3, Quincy 0
QUINCY, Ill. – The Quincy University men's volleyball team took NAIA No. 2 Missouri Baptist to four sets, but the homestanding Spartans came away with a 25-16, 25-19, 21-25, 28-26 win over the Hawks on Friday (March 24) night in St. Louis.
The Hawks (5-17) combined to hit just .020 in the first two sets to fall into a two sets to none hole.
Quincy rallied out of hit by hitting .250 in the third frame to come up with the victory. Junior Jacob Sheets (Arnold, Mo./Seckman) put down the finishing kill to force a fourth set.
In the fourth, both teams fought off set point, first the Spartans (21-2) scored two straight after the Hawks led, 24-23. With MBU holding a 26-25 advantage, sophomore David Siebum (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney) kept the match going with a kill before the Spartans ended the match with two straight points.
Siebum and junior Anthony Winter (Olmsted Falls, Ohio/St. Edward) had 10 kills apiece while sophomore Kolbie Knorr (Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South) had a team-high 10 digs. The Hawks also totaled 11 blocks in the match, led by senior Jarrod Kelso (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby), who had seven.
Missouri Baptist out-hit Quincy, .260 to .160. Luka Cajic had 15 kills to pace the Spartans.
The Hawks will resume Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play on Saturday at 2 p.m. when they play Lindenwood in St. Charles, Mo.