McKendree 3, Ball State 1
Senior Jared Wilcox recorded a team-high 16 kills, helping the McKendree University Bearcats earn their second Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association victory of the season, dropping the Ball State University Cardinals in four sets. With the victory, their first at home of 2018, the Bearcats end a two game losing streak, improving to 4-6 overall on the year. The Cardinals fall to 5-7 overall and 0-2 in conference action with the loss, after they lost in five sets to the Ohio State Buckeyes on Thursday evening.
After dropping the first set by a score of 25-19, the Bearcats rallied to take the next three sets, 25-21, 26-24, and 25-17. McKendree hit over .400 in the second and third sets, and won the defensive battle at the net, out-blocking the Cardinals in convincingly in the match by a total of 13-5.
Red-shirt senior middle Brendan Schmidt (O'Fallon, MO/Fort Zumwalt West) led the Bearcats with seven total blocks, while Patrick Ross and Wyatt Dimke added six and five respectively. Junior libero Zach Thompson had team-leading effort on defense, collecting 16 digs, and senior setter Pasquale Fiduccia had 40 assists on the night.
The Bearcats will continue play at home on Friday, as they will welcome the University of California San Diego Tritons for a 7 pm match. It will be the second meeting between the two teams this season, as the Tritons defeated McKendree in five set last month in Los Angeles, CA.
Loyola 3, Lindenwood 0
No. 6 Loyola University Chicago extended its winning streak to seven games this evening as picked up a 25-20, 29-27, 25-17 victory over visiting Lindenwood at Gentile Arena. The Ramblers improve to 9-2 overall (2-0 MIVA) with the win, while the Lions slip to 6-5 (1-3 MIVA).
How It Happened
Consecutive Lindenwood hitting errors helped give Loyola an early 7-4 lead in the opening set. Following a block that trimmed the Rambler lead to just one, 12-11, a kill by Collin Mahan sparked a 6-1 run for the Maroon & Gold as Loyola took control en route to closing out a 25-20 victory.
Garrett Zolg's first service ace of the evening staked the Ramblers to a 4-1 edge in the second set. Lindenwood would roar back to take a 12-11 lead on a Nathan Van Dellen ace before Loyola used a 5-0 spurt that was punctuated by a Lions' attack error to open up a 16-12 advantage. The visitors refused to go away as they battled all the way back to pull even at 25-25. Loyola fought off a set point at 26-25 as it ultimately reclaimed the lead for good on a Jeff Jendryk kill ahead of a Lindenwood hitting error that sealed a 29-27 win.
Loyola ripped off four unanswered points, the last of which came on a Ricky Gevis kill, to quickly jump out to a 7-3 lead in set three. Back-to-back kills from Jendryk and Paul Narup, respectively, saw the margin balloon to 13-7 and prompted a Lindenwood timeout. The Lions would get no closer than five the rest of the way as the Ramblers coasted to a 25-17 triumph to close the night.
Looking At The Numbers
- For the second time in as many nights, Mahan led the offensive charge, finishing with a team-high 12 kills.
- Jendryk and Will Tischler added eight kills apiece.
- Zolg handed out 35 assists, while Avery Aylsworth racked up a team-best 11 digs.
- Gevis and Narup each recorded four blocks.
- Michael Jennings hammered a game-high 14 kills for Lindenwood.
Loyola hits the road for the first time since early January next weekend when it visits No.14 Fort Wayne (February 16) and Ball State (February 17).
Lewis 3, Quincy 0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The eighth ranked Lewis University Flyer men's volleyball team ran its winning streak to eight straight with a sweep of Quincy (25-20, 25-13, 25-16) on Saturday evening at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers (8-3, 2-0 MIVA) hit .400 for the match and had a season-high 12 service aces.
Lewis trailed 9-7 in the opening set before taking control with an 11-4 run. The Flyers had five service aces in the run including three straight from Kyle Bugee (Los Altos, CA/Homestead). Quincy (8-5, 0-3 MIVA) cut the deficit to 19-16 but were unable to get any closer as Lewis stretched its lead back out to five and won the set on a kill from Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka).
The second set saw five ties and three lead changes early on before the Flyers took control with a 12-2 run to overcome an 8-6 deficit. Bugee served back-to-back aces to give Lewis the lead and they took advantage of six attack errors from the Hawks.
Quincy cut the lead to seven but the Flyers ended the frame scoring seven of the final nine points to cruise to the 25-13 win.
In the finale, Lewis used an 8-1 run to break a 6-all tie and cruise to the 25-16 set win. They hit .381 in the stanza but it was their defense that carried them holding the Hawks to a negative .037 hitting percentage and had 4.5 blocks.
Perinar and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) had five kills each to pace the Flyers while Bugee, Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) and Jake Walenga (Frankfort, IL/Lincoln Way North) added three kills each. Yoshimoto also had 23 assists and was tied with Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) with four digs.
Quincy finished the match with an attack percentage of .108 (29 kills/21 errors/74 attempts). Anthony Winter and Omari Wheeler had six kills each to lead the way. Noah Randall dished out 24 assists while Collin Merk finished with seven digs.
Lewis returns to the court next Friday traveling to Muncie, Ind., to take on Ball State at 7 p.m. (EST).
Ohio State 3, Fort Wayne 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State increased the margin of victory as the night went on in a Top-15 triumph over Fort Wayne. The No. 5 Buckeyes started slow against 14th-ranked Fort Wayne in a 25-23 opening set before riding the wave of a 7-1 run to end the second set, 25-19, and rolling past the Mastodons in a 25-14 third frame.
The snowball effect was in full force Saturday night in St. John Arena, beginning with a sluggish 25-23 first set. Ohio State's side-out percentage jumped from 58% to 68% to 73% in the final period as the Buckeyes regained service possession on 11 of 15 receptions. Jake Hanes' individual performance mirrored that of the team's upward trajectory as the match ensued. He capped it off by rocking 7-of-9 attempts for kills in the lopsided clinching third.
SET 1: Superb service bailed out the Scarlet & Gray as both squads crawled along at a .143 attacking rate. The Buckeyes connected for four aces and snuck away as 25-23 victors.
SET 2: Mayhem in the middle was inflicted by Nick Laffin and Blake Leeson, each terminating three kills on three errorless attempts for a six-pack of puntos. The Mastodons scrapped their way to an 18-18 tie despite a 15-7 deficit in kills. From there it was all Buckeyes, however, securing seven of the next eight points for a 25-19 winner.
SET 3: Competitiveness went off the rails in the third, thanks in large part to Hanes' dominance. His seven kills and an ace carried the offense while, as a whole, Ohio State out-dug the Mastodons 13-6. Add in another three Buckeye aces and it resulted in a 25-14 clincher.
St. John Arena hosts another MIVA match on Thursday (Feb. 15) at 7 p.m. vs. Lindenwood.