3/25 - Saturday Recap

3/25 - Saturday Recap

McKendree 3, Fort Wayne 0
The McKendree University men's volleyball team swept by Indiana University Purdue University-Fort Wayne Saturday night inside the Harry M. Statham Sports Center on the programs inaugural senior night that honored eight seniors from the original class of the men's volleyball program. The Bearcats won by scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-22.

The win lifts McKendree to 9-16 overall and 4-8 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association. The Bearcats return to action Mar. 31 against No. 1 Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.

Senior opposite Maalik Walker (Shorewood, IL/Minooka) put down 11 kills on 18 swings to lead the way. Sophomore outside hitter Will Frank (Moro, IL/Edwardsville) put down eight kills and five digs, while senior outside hitter Spencer Sweetin (Defiance, MO/Francis Howell) tagged seven kills and four digs.

Junior setter Pasquale Fiduccia (Hanover Park, IL/Glenbard North) handed out 23 assists and senior setter Jack MacLean added eight assists. Senior middle blocker Michael Polizzi (St. Louis, MO/DeSmet Jesuit) put down three kills and a match high four blocks, while senior opposite Andrew Schnittker (Arlington Heights, IL/Buffalo Grove) and senior middle blocker Wyatt Patterson (Flossmoor, IL/Homewood-Flossmoor) added five and four kills respectively.

Frank put down a pair of kills to help the Bearcats jump out to an 8-4 lead. Sweetin added two more kills around a kill from Walker as McKendree pushed the lead to 13-9. Fort Wayne rallied with a 5-1 run to tie the set at 14-14, but the Bearcats bounced back with 6-2 spree to go back on top 20-16 thanks to a pair of blocks from Polizzi. The Mastodons continued to fight taking three of the next four points to cut the lead to 21019, but a kill and an ace from Walker followed by a kill and a block from Patterson closed set one for the Bearcats.

Schnittker opened set two with a kill followed by an ace from Sweetin to give McKendree a 2-0 lead, but Fort Wayne responded with a 7-1 run to jump ahead and force a timeout from the Bearcats. Schnittker and Frank each tagged kills to help McKendree trim the lead to 8-6, before a 4-1 run that included three straight kills from Patterson, Frank, and Polizzi put the Bearcats on top 15-14. McKendree continued to roll with a 4-0 run after a kill from Walker and a kill and a block from Sweetin to extend the lead to 19-15. A 5-1 run from the Mastodons slashed the lead to 21-20, but a pair of kills from Schnittker put the set out of reach as the Bearcats took a 2-0 lead.

Fort Wayne came out firing in the third as the Mastodons bolted out to a 5-1 lead. Frank and Polizzi each landed kills to work the Bearcats back in the set at 7-5. Walker would score on three swings as the set moved to 13-13, before a 6-1 run from McKendree that featured a kill and a block from Patterson gave the Bearcats a 20-16 advantage. The Mastodons rallied within one at 23-22, but a kill from Walker forced set point before the Bearcats sewed up the match with three-point win in the third set.

Ohio State 3, Ball State 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The No. 2 Ohio State University men's volleyball team (23-1, 12-0 MIVA) steamrolled No. 11 Ball State (15-8, 6-6 MIVA) in a 76-minute sweep (25-16, 25-15, 25-19). The Buckeyes attacked .461 as a team, hitting no worse than .423 in any of the three sets while holding the Cardinals to a lowly .159 swinging clip.

Ohio State nearly doubled up BSU in kills (42-to-23) and digs (31-to-16), and posted a 6-0 edge in blocks. Ball State entered the week ranked fourth nationally with 2.55 blocks per set, but failed to record a single stuff against the Scarlet & Gray. Maxime Hervoir and Nicolas Szerszen each individually matched the Cardinals' three total team aces, giving Ohio State a half dozen on the night.

Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen combined for 24 kills, more than the entire Ball State squad mustered (23). Both Buckeyes attacked .500 en route to their 12 terminations apiece. Hervoir tacked on nine kills and picked up a match-high 10 digs.

Ohio State has now won 27 straight matches versus MIVA opponents and at 12-0 this season, the Buckeyes' magic number for the 2017 regular season conference crown is down to '1.' For the week, OSU outscored league foes Fort Wayne and Ball State by a combined tally of 150-88. The pair of Buckeye wins spanned just 146 minutes.

Set 1: Christy Blough dialed up 13 assists in the opening frame, steering the Buckeyes to 15 kills and a .464 hitting percentage. Ball State burned a timeout trailing 13-8 and captured the first two rallies post-timeout. The Cardinals success was short-lived, however, as Ohio State grabbed 12 of the next 18 points to register a 25-16 winner.

Set 2: A similar story played out in the second stanza, seeing a 13-10 OSU advantage preceding another lopsided Buckeye triumph. Ohio State upped the ante a tad, securing 12 of the final 17 points this time around and heading to intermission with a 25-15 win in hand.

Set 3: Ohio State pulled ahead for good early on in the third, rattling off four consecutive points to climb atop 8-5. The Buckeyes would add three more points to their margin by set's end, wrapping up the night as 25-19 victors.

A short break in competition follows for Ohio State, venturing east to take on No. 13 Penn State on Tuesday (March 28).

Lewis 3, Saint Francis (PA) 0
Romeoville, Ill. - The No. 7 Lewis University men's volleyball team, led by a match-high 12 kills from redshirt freshman outside hitter Ryan Coenen (Franklin, Wis./Franklin), recorded a .418 (36 kills, 8 errors, 67 attacks) hitting percentage in the Flyers' 25-19, 25-14, 25-18 non-conference victory over Saint Francis (PA) at Neil Carey Arena on Saturday (March 25).

With the win, Lewis improves to 19-6 overall, while the Red Flash is now 9-14.

Lewis sophomore setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo) dished out a match-high 27 assists, while senior outside hitter Trevor Weiskircher (Loves Park, Ill./Boylan Catholic) and redshirt sophomore libero Michael Simmons (Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) collected a match-high seven digs.

Flyer senior middle blocker John Hodul (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) had a match-high seven blocks (1 solo) and notched a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage with seven kills on seven attempts. Lewis enjoyed a 12-2 advantage in blocking.

Lewis returns to action on Tuesday (March 28), as the Flyers welcome local rival Loyola for a 7 PM first serve.

Loyola 3, Penn State 1

In Short

No. 10 Loyola University Chicago hit .376 (46-11-93) as a team and totaled 16.5 blocks en route to a 25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-14 victory over No. 13 Penn State (13-9) tonight at Gentile Arena. The win is the Ramblers' third in a row and moves them to 14-8 overall on the year.

How It Happened

Loyola scored seven straight points, five courtesy of Penn State hitting errors, to turn a one-point deficit into a 10-4 lead in the opening set. The Nittany Lions would get as close as four points the remainder of the way, but the Ramblers were able to keep PSU at arm's length and rolled to a 25-17 win.

A 6-1 run, fueled by two kills and an ace helped the Ramblers break a 5-all stalemate and sprint out to an 11-6 lead in set two. Penn State cut Loyola's lead down to 13-11 thanks to a 4-0 run of its own, but a kill from Ben Plaisted and a Nittany Lion error pushed the advantage back to four at 15-11. Loyola would lead by as many as six points the rest of the way until Jeff Jendryk's ace closed out a 25-18 Rambler victory.

Penn State tallied three consecutive points to snap a 10-10 tie and seize a 13-10 lead it would never relinquish on its way to a 25-22 win in the third set. Loyola struggled offensively, hitting just .071 (8-6-28) as it saw a streak of eight straight set wins come to an end.

Loyola took command of the fourth set thanks to a 6-1 run that turned a 7-7 tie into a 13-8 Rambler advantage. Will Tischler came up big during that stretch, tallying two kills, while teaming with Jendryk on a block, to help Loyola coast to a 25-14 victory. The Ramblers were unbelievably efficient in the fourth set, hitting a whopping .650 (14-1-20) to earn their third straight win.

A Look At The Numbers

Plaisted tallied 16 kills and added six digs and five blocks, while hitting .400 (16-4-30) to lead an efficient Loyola offense.Collin Mahan pitched in 12 kills and hit .391 (12-3-23), while Jendryk tallied seven kills and five blocks.Paul Narup notched seven blocks, while Avery Aylsworth contributed a career-high 11 digs.Jalen Penrose led Penn State with 11 kills.

Up Next

The Ramblers have a rare midweek match, but it's a big one, as they travel to local rival and seventh-ranked Lewis on Tuesday, March 28.

Lindenwood 3, Quincy 0

The Lindenwood men's volleyball team avenged its early-season loss to Quincy on Saturday afternoon in Hyland Arena, sweeping the visiting Hawks to move two matches ahead with four conference tilts remaining in the regular season.

Each set was played close, as there were a total of 22 ties and nine lead changes. The Lions hit .400 as a team in the first frame en route to the 25-22 victory before outlasting the Hawks in the second set by the same score. Both teams hit well in the third set, but Lindenwood registered 14 kills on .478 hitting to complete the sweep with a 25-20 win.

Head coach Kris Dorn was excited for how his team came out to play after the two-week break, especially after coming back in the second set.

"I'm proud that we overcame a deficit in the second set and closed out in three," Dorn said.

Blake Koppel led the way for the Lions, totaling 12 kills on .333 hitting during the match. This is the fifth consecutive contest in which the senior has tallied double-digit kills, and seventh overall on the season. Koppel also had four digs and one service ace.

Sophomore Adam Brewster dished out 37 assists on the day, his highest mark in a three-set match this season. The Lee's Summit, Mo. native also recorded six digs. Ryan Vorderer missed out on another double-digit dig effort, totaling nine in the victory. The junior also had one assist.

Lindenwood was a bigger force around the net, blocking six Quincy attacks. Sam Schindler had one solo stop and assisted on three others. The freshman hit .545 on the day, recording seven kills and one service ace. Schindler also had a pair of digs. Connor Hipelius and Michael Chard each contributed to two blocks in the win. Hipelius hit at a .667 rate with eight kills, while Chard tallied five successful attacks.

Nathan Van Dellen totaled seven kills for the Lions.

"Our middles made solid adjustments with our blocking positioning," Dorn continued. "We were able to run the type of offense that brings us success."

The win is the second in a row for Lindenwood as it improves its record to 4-15 on the season and 3-9 in MIVA play. The Lions move ahead of Fort Wayne and McKendree to sit in sixth place before conference action concludes for the day. Lindenwood will begin a two-match road trip next weekend, heading to Fort Wayne on March 31 and Ball State on April 1. The match against the Mastadons will begin at 6 p.m. central time.