McKendree 3, Alderson Broaddus 0
The McKendree University men's volleyball team defeated Alderson Broaddus, 3-0 in its last match of the Lindenwood Invitational. The Bearcats went 2-1 over the weekend and are now 3-4 overall on the season.
The Bearcats started the match 7-0 against the Battlers which set the tone for the remainder of the game. McKendree handled Alderson Broaddus a 25-10, a 25-11, and a 25-17 loss in three straight sets for the final day of tournament competition. The Bearcats defeated Lourdes in the first match of the Invitational, 3-1 and then fell to No. 1 Long Beach State in the second match, 3-0.
Offensively, sophomore outside hitter Ethan Carroll (Barrington, IL/Barrington) led the team with nine kills followed by junior middle blocker Lucas Galifos (Mokena,IL/Lincoln Way East) with five. Then, four Bearcats, freshman middle blocker Tommy McGrath (Paradise Valley, AZ/Brophy College Prep), freshman outside hitter Brendon Dunn (Sherman Oaks, CA/Notre Dame), sophomore outside hitter Patrick Ross (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek), and senior outside hitter Will Frank (Moro, IL/Edwardsville), recorded five kills each throughout the match. Freshman setter Ryan Serrano (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) set up these Bearcats 30 times throughout the three set match. Serrano also managed a personal season high of four service aces against the Battlers.
Defensively, senior libero Zach Thompson (Defiance, MO/Francis Howell) led the way with eight total digs. Seven other Bearcats also tallied digs in the three set match. At the net defensively, seven Bearcats recorded at least one block assist. McGrath led the way with three, Serrano, Carroll, Ross, Galifos, and Dimke each had two, and Frank tallied one block assist.
McKendree will kick of Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) play this week with matches against Ball State University and Purdue Fort Wayne on the road on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8.
Lourdes 3, Quincy 1
ST. CHARLES, Mo. - A marathon third set proved to be the difference in the Quincy Hawks men's volleyball match on Sunday (Feb. 3). The Hawks fell to Lourdes University 3-1 (20-25, 25-22, 33-35, 13-25).
Play by Play
Quincy got started off on the right foot in the opening set, taking a 5-2 lead over Lourdes.
The Hawks maintained this lead as QU extended its lead to 13-9 midway through the opening set.
Lourdes mounted an 8-0 run to take their first lead of the set at 17-13.
Quincy attempted to trim the lead, bringing the score to 22-19 late in set one.
However, Lourdes' 8-0 run was enough to help them secure a 25-20 set one victory.
The Hawks looked to switch the momentum back in their favor in the second set of the match.
The second set was a battle between both squads as neither team was able to gain more than a two-point advantage until the score stood at 21-21.
A kill by Zach Reider and a pair of attack errors gave QU a 24-21 lead
The Hawks used this run to secure a 25-22 set win to tie the match at 1-1.
Lourdes scored the third set's first five points, causing Quincy to take a timeout.
Early on, Lourdes maintained their lead at 11-7.
A 4-0 Hawks scoring run tied the set at 11-11. Zach Reider and Jacob Sheets both recorded kills in during the run.
The 4-0 run was the start of QU scoring eight of sets next nine points as the Hawks took a 15-12 lead over Lourdes.
Quincy pushed its lead to 21-17 and looked to gain a 2-1 set advantage over Lourdes.
The Gray Wolves responded with a 5-0 run and gave Lourdes a 22-21 lead late in the third set.
In turn, Quincy responded by taking a 24-23 lead as the Gray Wolves faced set point.
Lourdes scored the set's next two points and the Hawks now faced set point.
The Hawks and Gray Wolves traded points until the score read 31-30 in favor of Lourdes. Quincy faced six set points during this stretch.
A kill by Omari Wheeler and a service ace by Jacob Sheets gave QU a 32-31 lead.
The Gray Wolves were able to recover, scoring four of the set's final five points to take a 35-33 set win.
Quincy was unable to recover following the grueling third set.
Lourdes jumped out to a 10-3 lead and never relinquished its advantage.
The Gray Wolves took the fourth set 25-13 en route to a 3-1 win over the Hawks.
Omari Wheeler: 16 Kills
Jacob Sheets: 7 Blocks
Matt Friddle: 44 Assists
Next up for QU
The Hawks host Loyola University on Friday (Feb. 8) for their first MIVA match of the year.