Purdue Fort Wayne 3, McKendree 2
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - Purdue Fort Wayne senior Michael Keegan dished out his 3,000th career assist on Friday (Feb. 8) in the Mastodons' five-set defensive battle with McKendree. The 'Dons took the win 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 22-25, 15-7.
Kade Bontrager led the Mastodon offense, ending the night with 15 kills. He started the match going 4-0-4 in the opening set, while picking up an ace. The Bearcats held close with the Mastodons and even led at 21-20, but the 'Dons tore off five straight to go up 1-0. Keegan served up one of his two aces on the Mastodons' 25th point.
McKendree used a 5-point push to jump out to an early 8-5 lead in the second set, but No. 15 Purdue Fort Wayne answered with a 7-2 run to go up 15-14. Colton Stone had one of his four aces to end the run, but McKendree pushed back to take three of the last four points.
The 'Dons came out hot in the third with two Stone aces in the mix to go up 12-4, but then it was a set of runs. The Bearcats took six straight, followed by a 5-1 Mastodon run, then four straight for McKendree. The 'Dons took three more, then McKendree had a 4-1 push. Finally, Purdue Fort Wayne took three straight to end the set. The 'Dons held the Bearcats to -.069 hitting for the frame.
McKendree used a 13-3 run in the fourth set to get a lead that they would not relinquish the rest of the way, despite the Mastodons tying it up at 18-all. The Bearcats had seven team blocks to hold the 'Dons to -.119.
The momentum shifted back to the Mastodons for the last set. The Bearcats were within one at 6-5, but the 'Dons used a 9-2 push spurred by Bontrager and Pelegrin Vargas, who hit a combined 8-1-12. The team hit .556 in the last set, bringing the match average up to .150. Vargas had six of his 12 digs in the last set alone, helping to hold McKendree to .116 for the night. His 12 digs garnered him his fourth-career double-double.
Three 'Dons were in double-figure kills. Bontrager's 15, followed by Vargas and Tomas Gago with 13 and 12 respectively. Gago hit 12-2-18 for .556. Bontrager chipped in eight digs, while Keegan and Kolbie Knorr six each. Keegan notched 41 assists to bring his career total to 3,022.
The Mastodons are now 2-0 in the MIVA, 8-4 overall. McKendree drops to 4-5, 1-1 MIVA. The Mastodons are set to face off against No. 13 George Mason on Saturday (Feb. 9) at 7 p.m. at home.
Lewis 3, Lindenwood 0
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – No. 10 Lewis men's volleyball out-hit Lindenwood .395 to .161 on Friday (Feb. 8) evening in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-22) sweep at Lindenwood. The match was the conference opener for both clubs.
Kyle Bugee (Cupertino, CA/Homestead) hit .611 with 12 kills and an ace, while Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) hit .364 with 11 kills, four digs and two blocks.
The Flyers put set one away with a 7-2 run midway through the frame to go up 17-9. Bugee and Coenen each had two kills in the run.
Lewis built an early six point lead and never looked back on its way to the 25-16 victory. Bugee had five kills in the frame while Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington HS) had two kills each.
The Flyers led by as many as five in set three but the Lions came back to even things at 14. Lewis pulled back ahead with an 8-5 run to go up 22-19 on an attack error by Charley Hlavin. Coenen set Lewis up with match point with his 10th kill of the contest but Lindenwood momentarily extended the match with a kill from Phil Swartz. Coenen then ended the match with his sixth kill of the set.
Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) recorded a double-double with 32 assists and 12 digs as Lewis held a 33-25 edge in digs.
The Lions fall to 4-7, 0-1 MIVA while the Flyers improve to 7-4 and 1-0 in league play.
Lewis is back in action on Saturday traveling to Quincy to take on the Hawks. First serve in Quincy is set for 7 p.m.
Loyola 3, Quincy 0
Loyola began MIVA play with a 3-0 win, its sixth straight-sets victory of the season. Collin Mahan picked up another match of double-digit kills and led the team with three of LUC's seven aces.
Coach Hulse's Thoughts
"It was a great way to start off conference play," head coach Mark Hulse said. "We have plenty to work on, but it's always nice to get a road win in conference."
How It Happened
Hulse stuck with the same starting lineup he's used all season and got all of the attackers to hit at least .260 on the night – equating to a .360 team attack percentage. While the kills would come in bunches, it was two straight service aces from Mahan in the opening set that got the ball rolling. Having the slim lead to work with, Loyola worked its way to a larger 9-5 cushion with three consecutive kills. Moments later, Luke Denton's kill made it 11-6 and forced a Quincy timeout. The pause in the action didn't help the Hawks much as Loyola since LUC took nine of the next 14 points to double QU up at 20-10. Quincy fought back, but a 3-0 Rambler run closed the set for a 25-14 win.
Quincy saw its first lead of the match at 8-7 in the second frame, but Loyola quickly extinguished the Hawks' momentum with a 6-1 run that put them ahead 13-9. Later on Will Tischler and Mahan each posted kills to force Quincy into another timeout with the LUC lead now at 16-11. That timeout better suited the Hawks as they countered with a 3-0 run to trim their deficit to 16-14. But a final 3-0 Rambler run that had two kills and an ace put them back in control and paved the way for a 25-20 win.
The Hawks enjoyed the first significant run of the third set early at 4-0. Down 4-2, Loyola worked its way back to a 7-7 tie off kill number six on the night from Denton. Quincy played the Ramblers tough all the way to the 15-14 mark, but Loyola took over with a 5-0 run that changed the complexion of the stanza. Paul Narup, Tischler, Denton and Mahan (twice) all got kills in that stretch to make Loyola the first team to the 20-point mark, a lead that stood at 20-14. A brief halt in the point explosion occurred to bring Loyola's lead down to 21-17, but the Ramblers ended the set with a 4-1 run that had two kills and an ace from Mahan to cap off his 13-point night.
A Look at the Numbers
-Collin Mahan picked up three more service aces for his third straight match of multiple.
-Mahan's seven digs marked the second straight match he's had at least a share of the team lead.
-Loyola is now 6-1 following a win this season.
-The win was the program's 50th all-time vs. Quincy
The Maroon and Gold finish off its road swing tomorrow night (Feb. 9) against Lindenwood. First serve of the Saturday night tilt is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
UCSB 3, Ohio State 0
LONG BEACH, Calif. – The Ohio State University men's volleyball team (4-7) fell in the first of two matches this weekend out west, coming up short in a 25-22, 25-22, 25-12 ledger to No. 6 Santa Barbara (10-3.). The Buckeyes owned leads in the second half of both the first two sets before letting it get away a bit in the third.
There were a total of 23 tied scores and 13 lead changes in the match.
Reese Devilbiss paced the Scarlet & Gray with 10 points, nine coming via the kill at a .263 attacking rate. Fellow pin hitters Martin Lallemand and Kyle Skinner combined to add a dozen kills to the effort. Skinner matched Aaron Samarin for the team lead in digs as well, each digging seven balls.
SET 1: Parker Mikesch spread the ball around in the first, setting up five different teammates for kills. The Buckeyes were also beneficiaries of 10 Gaucho service errors, and despite a .455 UCSB hitting percentage, Ohio State owned an 18-15 lead. The good times ended there though as 10 of the next 14 rallies went in favor of the Gauchos in a 25-22 triumph.
SET 2: Different set, same score in the second. Devilbiss did his part, terminating six of nine attempts and ripped an ace. His superb play was flanked by three kills each for Lallemand and Skinner. The Buckeyes were ahead 14-13 before seeing the next five go the wrong way to look up at UCSB for the remainder of the night's second 25-22 final.
SET 3: Competitiveness slipped away in the third with UC Santa Barbara throwing up three blocks and attacking .444 in the 25-12 sealer.
Ohio State is back at it again Saturday night, taking on the nation's top-ranked squad (Long Beach State). on their home court.