4/1 - Saturday Recap

4/1 - Saturday Recap

Quincy 3, Fort Wayne 2
QUINCY, Ill. – The Quincy University men's volleyball team rebounded from a five-set defeat on Friday night by pulling out a five-set thriller on Saturday (April 1), knocking off Fort Wayne, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20, 15-11, at Arnie Ball Court in Fort Wayne, Ind.

The Hawks (7-19, 2-12 MIVA) used a terrific defensive effort on the back row that allowed them to funnel their offense through the middle. Quincy hit .314 as a result and senior Jarrod Kelso (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) racked up a career-high 20 kills and hit .630 for the match.

After dropping the opening set, the Hawks opened the second set on a 16-9 run before the Mastodons (5-21, 2-12 MIVA) came back to get within 18-17. The Hawks never let their lead slip under two after that point, picking up the win.

In the third set, the Hawks could not keep up with Fort Wayne, which hit .393 while holding QU to a .200 mark.

Quincy bounced back in the fourth set, building a 15-9 lead with a run capped by back-to-back blocks by Kelso. Junior Thane Fanfulik (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) joined him on the first of those.

With QU leading 18-14, the teams exchanged sideouts the rest of the way with an attacking error by the hosts giving the Hawks the 25-20 win and forcing a fifth set.

The fifth was even at 4-4 before Quincy scored seven straight points with Fanfulik on the serve to give the Hawks an 11-4 lead. The Mastodons pulled to within three, 14-11, but the sixth kill of the set by sophomore David Siebum (St. Louis, Mo./Vianney) ended the match.

Siebum was the only other QU player besides Kelso in double figures with 10 kills (.222). Freshman Omari Wheeler (North Las Vegas, Nev./Legacy) had eight kills (.167).

The Hawks totaled 14 blocks in the match, led by Kelso and freshman Blake Sprecher (Cross Plains, Wis./Middleton), who had five each. Sophomore Kolbie Knorr (Wheaton, Ill./Warrenville South) led the back row with 11 digs. Fanfulik dished out 44 assists to go with six digs and three blocks.

Alex Dickmann paced Fort Wayne with 24 kills (.372) while Nick Smalter added 10 digs.

The Hawks will return to Pepsi Arena on Thursday (April 6) for a 7 p.m. match against McKendree.

Loyola 3, Grand Canyon 0

In Short

Collin Mahan and Ben Plaisted each recorded 12 kills and No. 10 Loyola University Chicago hit .312 as a team to earn a 25-21, 25-22, 25-18 victory over Grand Canyon (16-10, 11-5 MIVA) tonight at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers move to 15-10 overall and 8-6 in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association with the win.

How It Happened

After seniors Jagger Kroener and Cole Murray were recognized in a pregame Senior Night ceremony, an inspired Loyola squad came out on fire and hit a blistering .424 (15-1-33) in the opening set to earn a 25-21 victory. Mired in a 16-13 hole following an Antelope block, Mahan accounted for four straight points, the first two coming via kills, and the final pair coming on service aces, to provide the Ramblers with a 17-16 lead. After GCU evened the score at 19 on a Shalev Saada kill, Mahan started a 3-0 run with a kill to allow Loyola to grab control of the set and take a 22-20 lead.

Loyola jumped all over the Antelopes at the outset of the second set, racing out to an 8-3 lead. The Ramblers' advantage would ballooned to as many as six points (9-3), but Grand Canyon would fight back and evened the score at 22 on a LU service error. However, three straight Antelope miscues allowed the Ramblers to escape with a 25-22 win.

Mahan and Jendryk teamed up for consecutive blocks to close out a 3-0 surge that broke an 11-all tie and gave Loyola the lead for good in set three. Loyola closed out the set, and match, on a 7-3 run to earn a 25-18 win.

A Look At The Boxscore

Mahan had another strong performance, hitting .579 (12-1-19), while recording eight of his kills in the opening set.Plaisted has now totaled 10 or more kills in 15 consecutive contests. He also pitched in eight digs and a pair of blocks tonight.Saada and Ashton King tallied nine kills apiece to lead Grand Canyon.

Up Next

Loyola closes out the 2017 regular season next week with matches at Fort Wayne (April 6) and Ball State (April 8).

Ball State 3, Lindenwood 1 
MUNCIE, Ind. – The No. 12 Ball State men's volleyball team was able to pick up another MIVA win Saturday night after defeating Lindenwood, 3-1.

Senior Edgardo Cartagena had a big night, knocking down a match-high 11 kills for a .381 hitting percentage. Cartagena also had seven digs and one block. Freshman Blake Reardon also had a powerful performance, tallying 10 kills and one assist. Connor Gross finished the night with 39 assists, four kills and a team-high nine digs. Matt Szews and Matt Walsh each tallied nine kills. Szews added eight digs, six blocks and three service aces. Walsh had two service aces and seven blocks, a match-high.

The Lions took the opening set, 25-19. The Cardinals racked up 13 kills, 11 digs and three blocks. Brendan Surane led the set with four kills while Cartagena had three and four digs.

The second set was all Ball State. The Cardinals took the set 25-16 after holding Lindenwood to only five kills and a -.125 hitting percentage. Walsh led the set with four kills while Cartagena had three. Reardon also had three kills, including the set winning point.

In the third set, the Cardinals went on a 5-0 run early in the set and forced a quick Lindenwood timeout. Ball State took set three with a final score of 25-21 thanks to Szews set winning kill on a Gross assist.

The fourth set, Ball State had 12 kills for a .308 hitting percentage. Reardon had five kills to lead the set while Lindenwood only had five kills as a team in the fourth set.

Ball State (17-8, 8-6 MIVA) will round out regular season action next weekend in Muncie. The Cardinals will take on Lewis on Thursday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Ball State will then take on Loyola-Chicago Saturday, April 8 and will honor the seniors after the match.

Ohio State 3, McKendree 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The No. 1 Ohio State University men's volleyball team (25-2, 14-0 MIVA) clinched the outright 2017 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association regular season championship Saturday night with a straight-sets victory (25-18, 26-24, 25-15) over McKendree (9-18, 4-10 MIVA). It marks the 26th conference crown in school history and the Buckeyes 29th straight win over MIVA opponents dating back to last season.

A solid passing effort paired with superb setting from Christy Blough led to Ohio State attacking .437 on a total of 42 kills. Miles Johnson and Nicolas Szerszen launched the outer onslaught while Matt Dorn and Driss Guessous inflicted mass damage from the middle. Johnson wreaked the most havoc, knocking down 16 kills at a .423 attacking rate. Szerszen piled on 11 kills and also hit north of .400 while the combination of Dorn and Guessous terminated 11 kills on just 15 swings.

The Buckeyes received additional point production from the service stripe in the form of eight aces, three coming from the right arms of both Johnson and Szerszen.

Senior Night festivities began pre-match with individual recognitions and gifts for each member of the class and continued throughout the contest as all seven seniors saw action.

Set 1: Johnson carried the load in set number one, putting away seven of nine attempts. In total, Ohio State attacked .500 with 13 kills. The Buckeyes methodically added to their cushion as the set progressed, ultimately washing out as 25-18 victors.

Set 2: The second stanza spilled over into extra points for the second straight night. And once again Ohio State was able to grab the two-point edge needed to take the set, 26-24, and head to intermission up two-sets-to-none. Back-to-back kills from Johnson at 20-20 proved pivotal in righting the ship and steering the Buckeyes towards the ultimate triumph.

Set 3: Locked up a half dozen apiece, the Buckeyes put together a 10-3 run to force a McKendree timeout at 16-9. Head coach Pete Hanson then opened up the floodgates and subbed out the majority of the seniors one-by-one to receive a round of applause from the Buckeye faithful in attendance. Ohio State continued to pile it on en route to a 25-15 clincher.

The Buckeyes wrap up the regular season slate next weekend (April 7-8) at Lindenwood and Quincy.