MIVA Quarterfinals Recaps

MIVA Quarterfinals Recaps

Lewis 3, Lindenwood 2
Romeoville, Ill. - The No. 7 Lewis University men's volleyball team won its ninth five-game match of the season as the Flyers picked up the 25-23, 25-21, 25-27, 20-25, 15-11 win over Lindenwood in a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Quarterfinal match-up at Neil Carey Arena on Saturday (Apr. 15) evening.

Lewis redshirt freshman outside hitter Ryan Coenen (Franklin, Wis./Franklin) registered a match-high 20 kills and hit .304 (20 kills, 6 errors, 46 attacks) to pace the Flyer offensive attack.

Flyer sophomore setter Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, Calif./Adolfo Camarillo) topped Lewis in both assists (40) and digs (9), while redshirt senior middle blocker Jacob Schmiegelt (Lombard, Ill./Willowbrook) had eight kills and a match-high five service aces and seven block assists.

With the win, Lewis extends its winning streak to six and improves to 23-6 on the campaign, while Lindenwood ends its season at 5-19. The Flyers will host the MIVA Semifinals on Wednesday (Apr. 19) at 7 PM at Neil Carey Arena against a yet-to-be determined opponent.

Statistically, Lindenwood held advantages over Lewis in kills (58-48), hitting percentage (.239; .230); assists (53-47) and digs (48-38), but struggled at the line, as the Lions committed 27 service errors.

Ohio State 3, Quincy 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Top-seeded Ohio State opened postseason play by toppling No. 8-seed Quincy in just 62 minutes, ripping through three sets: 25-14, 25-20, 25-15. The Buckeyes notched their 28th win of 2017, improving 28-2 while dropping the Hawks to 7-22. Ohio State will host a to-be-determined opponent in the MIVA Semifinals Wednesday (Apr. 19) evening inside St. John Arena.

The Scarlet & Gray never trailed at any point in any set.

The Buckeyes have surrendered only 16 sets to Quincy in 56 all-time meetings dating back to the original clash in 1993, arising victorious in 54 of the 56 contests. The most recent match-up Saturday night in the conference quarterfinals was over in the blink of an eye. Ohio State attacked .520 or better in all three sets, swinging .525 overall.

Two days after being named the MIVA Player of the Year for the second straight season, Nicolas Szerszen proved the vote correct. He racked up 13 kills on 19 error-free attempts (.684) as one of four different Buckeyes to attack .667 or better individually. Blake Leeson's 4-for-5 termination rate paced the squad while Maxime Hervoir and Driss Guessous combined for 16 more kills; hitting .727 (9-1-11) and .667 (7-1-9), respectively. Miles Johnson was a bit off from the pin, but delivered three aces from the service stripe to crack double-digit points.

Set 1: Ohio State committed a lone error on 23 attack attempts in the opening frame, getting up early and often. The Buckeyes jumped ahead 4-0 and never looked back in a 25-14 winner.

Set 2: The Buckeyes opened up a 10-5 edge in the second set just as they had in the first. It was once again a set void of any deficits for Ohio State. Quincy did threaten late the frame, however, closing to within three tallies at 20-17. The Buckeyes responded with a three-point run though, and eventually closed it out 25-20.

Set 3: It was a repeat performance for OSU to begin the third, sprinting out on top 4-0. Ohio State never lost grip of the lead throughout, blasting by the Hawks 25-15 to end the night early.

Ball State 3, Loyola 1
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men's volleyball team came up big Saturday night as they defeated Loyola, 3-1, in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Quarterfinals.

Freshmen Blake Reardon and Matt Szews had impressive performances, each knocking down a team-high 11 kills. Reardon added two service aces, five digs and two block assists while Szews added seven digs, one service ace, one assist and one block assist.

Sophomore Parker Swartz tallied eight kills for a .800 hitting percentage. Junior Matt Walsh had five kills and junior Mitch Weiler added five.

In the opening set, the Cardinals knocked down 11 kills for a .267 hitting percentage but fell to the Ramblers with a final score of 25-17.

The second set went to Ball State with a score of 25-19. The Cardinals had 13 kills for a .391 hitting percentage in set two along with four total service aces.

After nine tied scores and four lead changes in the third set, Ball State was able to take the set, 25-18. Reardon knocked down five of the team's 12 kills in set three.

Swartz tallied a team high three kills in the fourth set, including the match winning kill. The Cardinals took the final set with a final score of 25-23.

The Ball State men's volleyball team (19-9, 10-7 MIVA) advances to the MIVA Tournament Semifinals, which will be played Wednesday, April 19.

Grand Canyon 3, McKendree 1
PHOENIX - The GCU men's volleyball team earned the first home playoff win in school history on Saturday night, defeating the McKendree Bearcats in the first round of the MIVA Playoffs. The third-seeded Lopes won by scores of 25-22, 23-25, 25-21 and 25-19 to move their overall record to 18-10. Sixth seeded McKendree ends their season with an 11-19 mark.

"This was an exciting win tonight for our program," head coach Matt Werle exclaimed. "Each guy on the court seemed to be great at one skill and it paid off. We had a lot of long rallies and junk fall in our favor which helped."

The first set got off on the right foot with a service ace from Michael Milstein. Grand Canyon kept the Bearcats at arm's distance for the entirety of the set, building modest leads as big as five points. After McKendree pulled within two points late in the game and forced a GCU timeout, the Lopes sealed the match with a lightly-tapped, perfectly-placed kill from Drake Silbernagel.

While five service errors for both sides balanced each other out, GCU used four service aces including two from Cody Williams. The Lopes hit .421 for the set.

McKendree got off to a hot start in the second, taking an early 7-4 lead. GCU quickly erased the lead to tie the score at eight, highlighted by a big solo block from Ashton King. Grand Canyon took its first lead when Matthew Kinnebrew and King teamed up for back-to-back blocks, prompting a Bearcats timeout. McKendree made effective use of its timeout, taking small leads of its own out of the break. The Lopes pulled as close as one point late, but McKendree scored its elusive 25th point.

The see-saw affair continued with Grand Canyon taking its turn to get out to a hot start. The Lopes used a pair of quick 3-0 spurts to take leads as big as four points at the mid-way point of the third. Kinnebrew finished off a set win for the Lopes with a kill.

While McKendree ended the third out-hitting the Lopes .350 - .318, Grand Canyon was strong in the serving game. With five more aces in the third, the Lopes tied their season high with 10 on the game. Cullen Mosher had two aces in the set.

In the decisive fourth set, it was all GCU. The Lopes got out to a hot start, forcing the Bearcats into a timeout down 7-2, and never looked back. Kinnebrew tallied five kills during the set and McKendree never got within three points of GCU's lead. When a Bearcat attack sailed out of bounds on the final play, the Lopes cleared the bench to celebrate the first home playoff win of their careers.

Kinnebrew led the GCU offense with 15 kills for the night and Mosher followed with 11 kills. Silbernagel added eight kills and five blocks while King paced the Lopes in blocking with a total of eight. Libero Sky Engleman led GCU with seven digs and setter Milstein racked up 39 assists for the night.

In the next round of the MIVA Playoffs, GCU will face Lewis University on Wednesday, April 19. Lewis is the No. 2 seed in the tournament and the No. 7 team in the national rankings.

"Moving into next week, we will need to execute better as Lewis is a great team," Werle noted. "It will be a hostile environment and the 15 guys traveling will really need to come together. Lewis has knocked us out year after year in the MIVA Tournament and we are hoping to stop that trend. The support from GCU and the Arizona volleyball community is greatly appreciated!"