No. 4 UC Irvine and No. 18 Fort Wayne notched their seventh victories of the season, topping Concordia-Irvine and Lourdes respectively, while North Greenville and King opened Conference Carolinas action with wins on Wednesday night.
- North Greenville def. Erskine 3-1 (24-26, 26-24, 25-19, 25-18)
- North Greenville moves to 2-3; Erskine falls to 0-4
- Due West, S.C.
- Box Score
- North Greenville Recap / Erskine Recap
Key Stats: The Crusaders downed the Flying Fleet in four sets, besting Erskine in every statistical category of the conference opener. NGU outhit Erskine (.225 to .156) and topped its foes 5-3 in aces and 12-9 in blocks. North Greenville hit .200 or better in three of the four sets, including a .351 effort in the final stanza.
Stat Leaders: Sophomore middle Ben Hamsho (15), senior middle Matthew McManaway (11) and sophomore outside Jackson Gilbert (10) carried the offensive load for NGU, each managing double-digit efforts. Hamsho hit at a .393 clip and put up a team-leading five blocks, while McManaway chipped in five stuffs. Gilbert rounded out a double-double with 10 digs to go with four blocks.
Freshman outside Josh Bragg downed a match-high 16 kills and rounded out a double-double with 11 digs for Erskine. Freshman outside Kevin Braceros followed with 11 kills and nine digs. Sophomore middle Absalon Williams put up a team-leading five blocks, while freshman setter JP Payne and freshman middle Matt Friddle added four apiece.
It Was Over When: North Greenville jumped ahead 13-6 in Set 4 as Hamsho turned in four kills and a block and four other players notched putaways. Erskine scored four straight to narrow the gap to four at 13-10, but could not get any closer. Up 15-12, NGU pulled away with seven of the next 10 points, including three on Flying Fleet miscues. A service error and kill by Jake Boldog capped the 25-18 win and the match.
- #18 Fort Wayne def. Lourdes 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-19)
- Fort Wayne moves to 7-0; Lourdes falls to 1-3
- Sylvania, Ohio
- Box Score
- Fort Wayne Recap / Lourdes Recap
Key Stats: Eleven blocks helped Fort Wayne hold Lourdes to a .110 hitting effort. The Mastodons outdid the Gray Wolves in kills (35-30), hitting percentage (.242 to .110), aces (5-2) and blocks (11-5).
Stat Leaders: Sophomore outside Pelegrin Vargas downed a match-high 13 kills and added a team-best nine digs in leading Fort Wayne to its seventh-straight win. Redshirt junior outside Colton Stone followed with seven kills and two aces, while sophomore middle Richie Diedrich and freshman middle Tomas Gago put up five blocks apiece.
Redshirt sophomore outside Evan Gebert registered nine kills to lead the Gray Wolves. Freshman outside Jeff Lam (6) and redshirt junior middle Matt Mittry (5) followed offensively, while adding two blocks apiece alongside redshirt freshman middle Fred Miller. Senior outside Eric Ubior (12) and Lam (11) pulled up double-digit digs.
It Was Over When: Fort Wayne broke away early in Set 3, scoring eight of the first 10 points. Four Lourdes miscues and a kill and a block by Stone aided the Mastodon effort. The Gray Wolves were within one at 9-8 thanks to a kill and an ace by Mittry and two miscues. An ace a block by Diedrich pushed the Fort Wayne edge back to five at 14-9 and the team held on the rest of the way. Up just two at 21-19, Vargas accounted for two kills and a block to make it 24-19. An Alex Dickmann putaway capped the win.
Seven and Oh. #GoDons #MIVAvb pic.twitter.com/iDXlYjYtna
— Fort Wayne MVB (@FortWayneMVB) January 25, 2018
- Emmanuel def. Limestone 3-2 (26-28, 25-18, 25-23, 21-25, 15-9)
- Emmanuel moves to 2-3; Limestone falls to 1-6
- Franklin Springs, Georgia
- Box Score
- Emmanuel Recap / Limestone Recap
Key Stats: Emmanuel managed 15 more kills and committee eight less miscues in a five-set win to kick off Conference Carolinas action. The Lions hit .289 in the match, while holding Limestone to a .140 effort, and also outserved the Saints 5-1. In the decisive fifth set, Emmanuel hit at a .353 clip, while Limestone hit -.308 with just one kill and five errors.
Stat Leaders: Sophomore middle Don Thompson paced Emmanuel with a match-high 21 kills, while hitting .533 and adding a team-high six blocks. Senior middle Ackeem West tacked on 15 kills and hit .522, while sophomore outside Aleksa Lakic notched 14 kills. Sophomore outside Manuel Melenciano chalked up seven kills and five blocks.
Senior outside Anthony Savage accounted for 16 kills and three blocks for Limestone, while freshman opposite Jarrett Malone added 13 putaways and three stuffs. Freshman middle Spencer Saint-Eloi put up six blocks.
It Was Over When: Emmanuel jumped out to an 11-4 lead in Set 5 and never looked back. A kill and an ace had the Lions ahead 4-1. Thompson put down two kills and added a block as Emmanuel went ahead by seven at 11-4. Limestone scored five of the next eight with a kill and a block by Savage and a trio of Emmanuel miscues. An Ackeem West putaway closed out the night.
- King def. Lees-McRae 3-0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-14)
- King moves to 3-2; Lees-McRae falls to 1-4
- Bristol, Tennessee
- Box Score
- Lees-McRae Recap / King Recap
Key Stats: An efficient offensive attack and tough serve lifted King (Tenn.) past Lees-McCrae in a quick three-set affair lasting just an hour and five minutes. The Tornado hit .439 for the match, making just six errors, while LMC hit just .111 with 17 miscues. King also served up nine aces, while allowing none.
Stat Leaders: Senior right side Kiel Bell downed nine kills, while making just one error for a .500 hitting effort, and serving up three of the team’s nine aces. Senior outside Jeff Sprayberry tacked on eight kills, hitting .333, and notching two aces.
Freshman outsides Spencer Graf and Robert Bowling and sophomore opposite Wes Rogman turned in six kills apiece for Lees-McRae. Graf hit at a team-best .556 clip. Freshman middle Ethan Gardner added four kills and two solo blocks.
It Was Over When: King scored five of the first six points in the final stanza with four coming on LMC errors. The Tornado pushed ahead by seven midway through the stanza, going up 15-8 on a stuff by Dalton Johnson and Bell. Four more Bobcat errors aided the surge. An 8-3 run, including five errors, put the set out of reach at 23-11. LMC managed two kills after facing set point at 24-12, but could not stop a final kill by Julian Young.
Tornado too much for Bobcats https://t.co/GgEiEuZnjJ #KingPride pic.twitter.com/IXgLfcvklj
— King Athletics (@KingAthletics) January 25, 2018
- #4 UC Irvine def. #17 Concordia (Irvine) 3-1 (25-13, 25-18, 15-25, 25-13)
- UCI moves to 7-1; Concordia falls to 2-2
- Irvine, California
- Box Score
Key Stats: Concordia outblocked UCI 9.5 to 8, but struggled offensively, hitting just .088 for the match in a four-set loss to the Anteaters. UCI hit .248 and outdid the Eagles 47-33 in kills in the win. In the final set, UC Irvine hit .385, while Concordia hit .000 with six errors. Both teams served up four aces.
Stat Leaders: Junior opposite Karl Apfelbach and freshman outside Joel Schneidmiller led UCI with 15 and 12 kills respectively. Apfelbach hit at a .257 clip and added two blocks and an ace, while Schneidmiller hit at a team-best .391 clip and notched three stuffs. Sophomore middle Scott Stadick just missed double-digit kills with nine, while managing a team-leading four stuffs alongside sophomore middle Matthew Younggren. Freshman outside JB Kam served up three of UCI’s four aces.
Redshirt sophomore outside Raymond Barsemian recorded a match-high 17 kills, while adding three blocks and three of Concordia’s four aces. Junior middle Hunter Howell tacked on eight kills and a match-high five blocks. Redshirt junior setter Chandler Gibb notched a double-double with 10 digs and 28 assists.
It Was Over When: The teams were within two points until midway through the set, when UCI turned a 10-8 lead into a 19-9 advantage, thanks in part to a final 6-0 run. Three miscues coupled with kills by Schneidmiller, Stadick and Kam gave the Anteaters a 10-point edge. A block and an error cut the margin to seven at 20-13. UC Irvine scored four straight, the last two on Concordia hitting errors, to seal the victory.