It was a strong day for volleyball on February 6, with a number of Conference Carolina matchups along with a top-15 MPSF battle. UCLA, Barton and Belmont Abbey each came out on top over their opponents in hard-fought battles.
#2 UCLA def. #13 CSUN 3-1, (25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19)
UCLA hit their third match in a row where they have accumulated a .400 hitting percentage or better in their win over CSUN. 3 Bruins notched double-digit kills in the win with Christian Hessenauer leading the way with 17 and 7 digs. Dylan Missry posted 15 kills on a .609 hitting clip and 7 digs while JT Hatch recorded 10 kills and 9 digs. Setter Micah Ma’a posted big numbers with 47 assists, 8 digs and 5 kills on a .714 hitting percentage.
Barton def. Coker 3-1, (25-15, 25-16, 20-25, 25-17)
After starting the year 0-5, Barton has now pushed their winning streak to 5 with a 4-set win over Coker. In all three sets that Coker lost, they were held to a hitting percentage lower than .100 while Barton stayed consistent throughout the match, but falling in hitting percentage in each set. Aleksa Brkovic led Barton with 16 kills on a .467 hitting clip along with 8 digs while Angelos Mandilaris recorded 11 kills and 7 digs. From the back row, Wilfredo Rivera picked up a match-best 13 digs.
Belmont Abbey def. Limestone 3-2, (32-30, 27-25, 19-25, 24-26, 15-11)
- Belmont Abbey improves to 3-5, Limestone falls to 2-9
- Box Score
- Belmont Abbey Press Release
- Limestone Press Release
Belmont Abbey had to fight their way through the first two sets of the match, extending past the normal stopping point of 25 in each. After winning the first they looked to have the momentum on their court but were not able to keep that going through the third and fourth sets, dropping both and moving the match into a fifth and deciding set. The fifth set saw the Knights out to a 6-3 lead that they kept hold of for the remainder of the set until they won 15-11.
Liam Maxwell led Belmont Abbey with 23 kills and 8 digs while Pierce Pliapol and Brian Long recorded another 13 kills each in the win. The defense on the Knights side was superior to Limestones as they picked up 61-48 digs with Rob Valentine scooping up a match-best 25 digs. Setter Brennan Davis had a big match as well with 56 assists and 12 digs for a double-double.