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MIVA Quarterfinals Recaps

MIVA Quarterfinals Recaps

No. 1 Ohio State 3, No. 8 Quincy 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The top-seeded Buckeyes (21-5) opened up the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) Tournament by racing past Quincy (12-19) in a three-set sweep (25-22, 25-18, 25-12). The conference's three-time reigning Player of the Year, Nicolas Szerszen, carried the heaviest load and contributed 20 points (14 kills, five aces, two block assists) on the evening.

Szerszen's 14 kills pushed his career total to 1,599, just four terminations shy of setting the all-time Ohio State record (Steve Potter 1,602 kills; 1992-95). He already owns the best mark for career aces (226) and points (1,934). The Buckeye senior did it all Saturday night, also pacing the squad with nine digs and getting in on two of the team's five blocks.

Jake Hanes, Maxime Hervoir and Blake Leeson each contributed a half dozen kills or more. Leeson was the most efficient among all players, bouncing six of nine error-free swings (.667). Aaron Samarin complimented Szerszen in the defensive back court, digging seven balls.

Ohio State's lengthy history with the Hawks began in 1993 and spans 59 matches. The Buckeyes have dropped a total of just 16 sets in garnering a 57-2 overall record versus Quincy.

SET 1: Quincy's Anthony Winter was the top gun in set number one, putting away seven kills to keep his squad in it despite falling behind 18-11. The Hawks clawed back and cut the deficit to three at 23-20. That cushion would remain at set's end though, 25-22, in favor of the Scarlet & Gray.

SET 2: The Buckeyes doubled up Quincy in the digs department, thwarting 10 Hawk attacks by digging the ball while connected on 12 kills slowed by just five QU digs. Ohio State limited the opposition to an .087 team hitting percentage while ascending to .476 on its offensive side of the net. The Buckeyes pulled away midway through the frame and went ahead two sets to none on a 25-18 winner.

SET 3: An exclamation point was tacked on in the third, allowing head coach Pete Hanson to empty the bench and send 12 different Buckeyes on to the floor in the final frame alone. Ohio State threw up three blocks and pounded 13 kills in a convincing closer, 25-12.

Next up is the MIVA Semifinals versus Lewis on Wednesday (April 18), held in Columbus at St. John Arena.

No. 2 Loyola 3, No. 7 Lindenwood 0
In Short
Second-seeded Loyola University Chicago (22-6) received 13 kills from Ricky Gevis and 10 from Collin Mahan, to pick up a 25-19, 25-21, 25-22 victory over seventh-seeded Lindenwood (9-16) tonight at Gentile Arena in a Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association quarterfinal round match. The win is the third in the last four outings for the Ramblers, who are ranked No. 8 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I-II Poll.

How It Happened
Lindenwood got off to a sizzling start, putting the Ramblers on their heels with a 7-2 burst to open the match. Loyola trimmed the deficit and trailed 16-14 before ripping off four unanswered points, the last of those coming on an ace from Mahan, that put the hosts on top, 18-16. After a Sam Schindler stop cut the lead in half, Ryan Jamison, Jeff Jendryk and Gevis recorded kills, followed by a Lions error, that bumped Loyola's lead to 22-17 and it never looked back en route to a 25-19 victory.

An offense that hit a sizzling .355 (16-5-31) in set two helped propel Loyola to a 25-21 decision and a 2-0 lead in the match. The Ramblers trailed by as many as three points in the second set before rallying to tie the score at 16. A Paul Narup kill put Loyola ahead to stay and it gained some separation thanks to a 4-1 spurt that stretched the lead to 23-19.

The teams battled back and forth at the outset of set three, with Loyola finally breaking free courtesy of three consecutive points – on kills from Jendryk and Mahan, sandwiched around a Jendryk ace – that gave it a 15-12 edge. Loyola's lead would extend to five points (21-16) before Lindenwood staged a late rally to get within 24-22, but Narup and Garrett Zolg teamed up on a block to close out the Ramblers' 25-22 decision.

A Look At The Numbers
In addition to his team-high 13 kills, Gevis produced five digs and three blocks, while hitting .435 (13-3-23), to help Loyola atone for last year's quarterfinal round loss to Ball State.
Jendryk pitched in seven kills, two blocks and a pair of aces to complement the work of Gevis and Mahan, and Narup totaled six blocks on the evening.
Nathan Van Dellen led Lindenwood with 12 kills.

Up Next
The Ramblers host No. 3 seed Ball State Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the MIVA Tournament semifinal round.

No. 3 Ball State 3, No. 6 McKendree 0
MUNCIE, Ind.— The quarterfinals of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association kicked off Saturday night with one match hosted inside Worthen Arena. The Ball State men's volleyball team, who is the three seed in the MIVA Tournament, hosted the six seeded McKendree Bearcats. The Cardinals took down McKendree, 3-0 (26-24, 25-20, 25-23), to advance to the next round of the tournament.

Ball State had 42 total kills on 40 assists. The Cardinals hit for .330 while adding 25 total digs. With nine total service aces, Ball State sets a new season high. Ball State also had 7.5 total team blocks: two solo and 11 block assists.

Three Cardinals were able to tally double digit kills in the MIVA Tournament victory. Mitch Weiler, Matt Szews and Matt Walsh notched 10 kills apiece. Szews also led the way in digs with seven while Walsh led the way with five total blocks. Szews also had a season high nine service aces in the match. Ben Chinnici added four kills with two by Parker Swartz. Jake Romano had 36 assists, two kills, two aces and three digs.

The opening set was a tight one seeing seven tied scores and three lead changes. The Cardinals led by as many as five before the Bearcats came back to tie the contest 18-18. Ball State was able to eventually take set one, 26-24. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Walsh with four kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Szews and Weiler were each able to knock down three kills apiece. Weiler led the way in digs with three. As a team, Ball State had 14 kills on a .357 hitting percentage. The team also had two service aces, nine digs and 10 total blocks.

Ball State came out to score the first two points of set number two. The Cardinals controlled the tempo of most of the set, winning 25-20. Chinnici and Szews each had four kills in the second set with two added by both Weiler and Walsh. The second set also saw five aces, seven digs and three total blocks.

Tensions rose in the third set with 14 tied scores and four lead changes. Weiler had five kills with four added by Walsh. Szews had three of the team's nine digs to lead the Cardinals. Jake Romano had 12 assists in the set. Swartz had one kill which happened to be the game winner as the Cardinals took set number three, 25-23.

Ball State advances to the semifinals to take on the two seeded Loyola. The Cardinals will travel to Loyola on Wednesday, April 18 for a 7:00 p.m. first serve.

No. 4 Lewis 3, No. 5 Fort Wayne 0
ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – The No. 10 Lewis Flyer men's volleyball team swept past No. 15 Fort Wayne in the quarterfinal round of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament opener on Saturday night at Neil Carey Arena. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) and Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) led the Flyers (19-10) with 17 and 15 kills respectively.

"Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) came out of the gates hot for us," Lewis men's volleyball head coach Dan Friend said. "He did a nice job establishing himself with nine kills in game one and we definitely rode him. IPFW was going after it in game one and I thought we did a good job balancing it out by getting some digs and some transition kills which was great.

"I thought we got better in games two and three," Friend continued. "We managed the service line really well putting pressure on them. We ended the night with only five errors and had 40-some kills. Yoshi (Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo)) did a great job finishing with 40 assists and finished with a double-double with 10 digs. We ended the match with 37 digs total which gave us several second chance opportunities."

Lewis trailed 19-17 in the opening set but used a 5-2 run to take control of the set after Perinar's eighth kill of the set. Pelegrin Vargas kept the Mastodons alive with his fourth kill of the set but it wouldn't be enough as Perinar finished it off with his ninth kill of the frame. The Flyers hit .333 in the opening set while IPFW hit .379.

Lewis had a four point lead for most of the second set but the Mastodons rallied to it at 20 after an ace by Vargas as part of a 7-3 run. Vargas had two kills in that run to go along with the ace. The Flyers responded by scoring four of the next five points to get to set point after another Perinar kill. Tomas Gago extended the set with a kill after Perinar was called for being in the net but Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) knocked down a kill to give the set to Lewis 25-22 and a commanding 2-0 lead.

The Flyers led wire-to-wire in the third set leading by as many as 10 late in the set. Fort Wayne made things interesting with a 6-2 run to cut the margin to six points before Coenen ended the match with a kill to secure the 25-18 win. Lewis hit .500 in the final set while holding the Mastodons to a .194 hitting percentage.

The Flyers finished the match with 49 kills against 15 errors in 94 attempts for a hitting percentage of .362. Yoshimoto had 40 assists and 10 digs while Coenen was one dig shy of a double-double. Moses and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) added seven and kills respectively.

Fort Wayne ended the match hitting .237 recording 37 kills against 14 errors in 97 chances. Vargas led the Mastodons with 10 kills while Colton Stone and Richie Diedrich had six kills each. Michael Keegan had 22 assists while Kolbie Knorr finished with seven digs.

Lewis travels to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State in the semifinal round of the MIVA Tournament beginning at 6 p.m. (CDT).

"We're excited to get another shot at those guys," Friend said. "They're a good team and we'll give them everything we've got."