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Lions' men's volleyball claims two road wins on Saturday

Sunday, January 26, 2014
by Dane Neumeister

The College of Mount St. Joseph men's volleyball team evened its 2014 season record at 3-3 late Saturday afternoon when they recorded two wins, 3-2 over McKendree University, and 3-0 over host Dominican (IL) University. The Lions will be back in action on Jan. 30 when they play at Cincinnati Christian University.

The Mount got a well-balanced hitting attack and defensive play from many players in their five-set match over McKendree. They won sets two and three, to take a 2-1 lead, but fell 25-21 in the fourth set. The match's five set was closely played, as well. After game ties at six, nine, 10, 11, and 12, the Lions took a 14-12 lead and won the match 15-13 on a kill by Cesar Trigo de Serrano (Miami, FL/Christopher Columbus). The Mount registered 61 kills in the match, and hit .200 as a team. They were led by Alex Vohland (West Chester, OH/Lakota West), who had 18 kills, 13 digs, three block solos and three block assts. Trigo de Serrano added 16 kills, eight digs and three assists, while teammate Toby Birnbrich (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) had 11 kills, a block solo and three block assists. Richie Planek (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton Warrenville South) chipped in 10 kills, four digs and two block assists. Luke Eschenbach (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) helped direct the offense to the win, recording 51 assists, and adding five digs, along with two block assists. The Mount had eight kills in the final set win.

The Lions pushed their record on the day to 2-0, when they defeated Dominican (IL) University, 25-20, 25-22, 25-20. Vohland had a match-high 20 kills in addition to a team-high eight digs. Vohland's hitting percentage was .562 in the day's second match. The Mount had 41 kills overall, and a .395 hitting percentage, as Planek chipped in seven kills. Eschenbach registered 36 kills and seven digs while Birnbrich totaled two block solos and six block assists.

Mount Head Coach Ryan Lengerich was pleased with the overall performance of his team's play on Saturday.

"I couldn't be more proud of the student-athletes for the way they performed,'' Lengerich said. "We competed hard with two great teams, dug deep and found a way to win on the road. "We expect to battle all year long, and this weekend helped us move toward a culture of winning we are trying to build."

Lengerich pointed to the play of two of the team's hitters as being key to the victories.

"Alex Vohland and Cesar Trigo de Serrano were terrific all weekend, and took big swings at big moments," added Lengerich.

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