Loyola 3, Mount Olive 0
Loyola began the weekend with a straight-sets win against University of Mount Olive in Bristol, Tenn. As a team, the Ramblers hit .455 and held UMO to -.093.
Coach Hulse's Thoughts
"It was a great team win," head coach Mark Hulse said. "We were able to put a ton of pressure on them, both through our serve and by getting a bunch of our guys going offensively."
How It Happened
Mount Olive took an early 3-1 lead to allow them to control the tempo early in the first set. The sudden deficit forced the Ramblers to get to work, beginning with a 3-0 run highlighted by a kill and an ace from Will Tischler at the 6-6 mark. Mount Olive rang up a 3-0 run of their own to equalize the score at 10-10, but it was all Ramblers after that. LUC claimed 15 of the next 19 points to win the first set convincingly, 25-14.
In a similar manner to the opening set, the middle frame saw Mount Olive as the team to grab the early lead. However, the 5-3 lead was brief and ended up being UMO's largest of the set. Tischler led another 3-0 run with a kill and an ace that gave the Ramblers the lead. Mount Olive momentarily had the lead again at 7-6 until the Ramblers blew the doors off the Trojans the rest of the way. A 7-0 run turned into a 13-2 sequence in favor of the Maroon and Gold that included five kills, two blocks and an ace from the Ramblers. The 16-8 LUC lead turned into 16-11 after a 3-0 Trojan run, but Loyola finished strong again with a 9-2 run down the stretch – winning by an even wider margin at 25-13.
The Trojans hung tough in the early stages of the third frame yet again, but a Kyle Piekarski spike off a block evened the score at 6-6 and set the tone the rest of the way. The Ramblers benefited from a pair of Trojan attack errors to create some separation in the score, extending their lead to 15-9 on a Collin Mahan ace – the eighth of the evening for Loyola. Piekarski notched his first solo block of the season to put Loyola up 19-11, and pave the way for the eventual 25-15 third set win in the straight-sets victory.
A Look at the Numbers
-Collin Mahan eclipsed 800 career kills on Friday night. His seven against the Trojans puts him at 802 total.
-Loyola logged a .455 attack percentage as a team. That's the highest average since Feb. 4, 2017 when the team hit .463 vs. Quincy.
-Freshman Luke Denton notched 11 kills for his first double-digit kill match of his collegiate career.
-The win was Loyola's 10th against a Conference Carolinas opponent in as many matches.
Loyola wraps up the weekend with its first true road match of the season tomorrow (Jan. 12) against the defending Conference Carolinas champion King University. First serve for the Saturday night tilt is set for 7 p.m. CT.
Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Lees-McRae 0
BANNER ELK, N.C. - Behind seven kills from Alex Dickmann, the No. 13 Purdue Fort Wayne men's volleyball team took down Lees-McRae 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-18). The match took just one hour and five minutes.
The Mastodons (3-0) zoomed out to a 9-3 after a 6-0 run behind Pelegrin Vargas. He recorded two aces in this stretch and would finish the match with four of the Mastodons' nine. The Bobcats (0-1) would get no closer than three points after this. The 'Dons put it away for good in set one with a 9-2 push, despite the Bobcats' best offensive set of the night. Purdue Fort Wayne still held LMC to .100 in the opening frame.
The second set saw some action from the bench, with Frederico Santos starting off the set. The 'Dons and Bobcats traded runs of two to three points until Purdue Fort Wayne took five straight to end the set. Kade Bontrager had two of his four kills in this run.
The last set of the night was highlighted by a strong Mastodon offense, which hit at .471 in the third. Purdue Fort Wayne led 19-12 after a 4-0 run, capped off by two kills from Bontrager. In Patrick Geldmeier's first-career action, he recorded three kills on three swings and two aces, including an ace on the final point of the night. The freshman had two of his three kills and Dickmann had four of his seven in the final frame.
The Mastodons out-hit the Bobcats .291 to -.056 for the night. They also ended the night with a 26-17 kill advantage and a 9-1 edge on aces.
Michael Keegan recorded six assists to move into sixth in program history. He now holds 2693 and needs 267 to pass Omar Rivera to move into fifth.
Purdue Fort Wayne has started the season with three straight sweeps, just one short of their best start of four, which came last season. Next up for the Mastodons is Queens, which the 'Dons will visit on Saturday (Jan. 12) at 7:30 p.m.
Lewis 3, King 0
BRISTOL, Tenn. – The ninth ranked Lewis men's volleyball team swept past King on Friday night in Bristol, Tenn. The Flyers (2-1) hit .522 for the match and were led by Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) with 13 kills while Connor Pallmann (Ronkonkoma, N.Y./Sachem North) added eight and Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) added seven each.
The opening set featured three ties and a lead change. Lewis fell behind early before going on an 8-2 run to take a five point advantage on back-to-back service aces from Kyle Bugee (Los Altos, CA/Homestead). The lead eventually grew to six on a kill from Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) before the Tornado (0-1) climbed back to within 19-17 on a kill from Julian Young.
The Flyers stretched the lead back to four on back-to-back kills from Dalen Instenes (Racine, WI/William Horlick) and Bugee but King wouldn't go away quietly getting kills from Young and Suetonius Harris to cut the lead back to two. Lewis was able to close out the set by scoring three of the final four points.
The Flyers led wire-to-wire in the middle set scoring the first three points and led by as many as eight points on multiple occasions. The Tornado got as close as three at one point but a 7-3 run from Lewis squashed the rally. The Flyers hit .682 in the set recording 16 kills against one error in 22 swings.
King opened the third set intent on extending the match as it raced out to an early four point lead. Lewis took control with an 8-3 run to take a 15-13 advantage on an ace from Bugee. The Tornado got to within a point a couple of times but the Flyers pulled away down the stretch to secure the 25-18 victory.
Lewis finished the match with 42 kills against six errors in 69 total attacks and had 10 service aces to go along with 22 digs.
King finished the contest hitting .338 with 36 kills against 11 errors in 74 chances. Harris led the Tornado with seven kills.
The Flyers conclude their road trip on Saturday taking on Mount Olive (N.C.) at 4 p.m. (CST) in Bristol, Tenn.
Charleston 3, Lindenwood 2
Lindenwood men's volleyball fell behind two sets two none early, but rallied to force a fifth set against Charleston. Unfortunately the comeback fell short as the Lions dropped the season opener.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Charley Hlavin led the Lions with 14 kills and four blocks. He also added five digs and an ace.
- Diego Negron had 11 kills with 11 digs for a double-double in his first match as a Lion.
- Connor Hipelius recorded eight kills with five blocks and three aces.
- Sam Schindler notched seven kills with a .700 attack percentage.
- Setter Adam Brewster tallied 46 assists.
- Ben Symonds had 11 digs as the libero.
The Lions host #2 UCLA tomorrow at Hyland Arena. First serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
UCLA 3, McKendree 0
LEBANON, IL., Jan. 11) – The McKendree University men's volleyball team fell to No.2 UCLA in its season home opener Friday, 3-0. The Bearcats look to bounce back from the 0-1 start to the 2019 season Saturday with a match against the University of Charleston at 7:30 p.m.
The Bearcats held their own in the match pushing the Bruins into extra points in set two in order to claim the victory. McKendree started the first set point-for-point with UCLA, fell off by a few in the middle, then made a run towards the end of the set with a kill from freshman outside hitter Brendon Dunn (Sherman Oaks, CA/Notre Dame) and then a block by sophomore middle blocker Wyatt Dimke (Ham Lake, MN/Blaine) and freshman setter Ryan Serrano (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) but it was a little too late and UCLA took set one 25-20.
Despite a strong performance by McKendree the Bruins squeaked by in set two, 29-27. The Bearcats remained point-for-point again with UCLA, even taking the lead 12-10 after a key block by junior attacker Zach Schnittker (Arlington Heights, IL/Buffalo Grove) and Dimke followed by a Dimke kill. McKendree remained on top of the score forcing a UCLA timeout where they gained the motivation to take set two.
McKendree continued its strong performance in the third set never falling behind the Bruins for more than three points. The Bearcats had key back-to-back kills by Dunn and sophomore outside hitter Patrick Ross (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) but UCLA answered back with a three-point run making the score 23-18. McKendree cut off the Bruins point run with a Dimke kill followed by a Ross solo block but UCLA stopped the momentum and clinched the sweep with a 25-21 victory in the third set.
Leading attackers for the Bearcats were Schnittker and Dunn, each with five recorded kills. Junior middle blocker Lucas Galifos (Mokena,IL/Lincoln Way East) and Ross were also key contributors for the McKendree offense with four kills each. Serrano tallied 18 assists in the match as well as three block assists for the Bearcats. Defensive leader of the night for McKendree was senior libero Zach Thompson (Defiance, MO/Francis Howell) with three digs. The Bearcats recorded 16 total blocks in the match, four coming from Dimke, three from Serrano and Galifos, and the only block solo of the night for either team was achieved by Ross.
The Bearcats will be back in action Saturday Jan. 12 in the Statham Center as they take on the University of Charleston at 7:30 p.m. Updates about the match can be found on the McKendree website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram if inclement weather deters the game from occurring.