Sunday, February 09, 2014
The Lions ran their season record to 6-3 on Saturday, with two wins in the CVC Crossover Tournament. The Mount defeated Marymount University, 3-0; and then later that night posted a thrilling 3-2 victory against Cairn University. The Lions resume play in the Tournament, which is being played in the team's Harrington's Center, on Feb. 9 when they take on Stevenson University.
The first match win came by scores of 25-16, 25-22, 25-16 over Marymount. The Lions jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first set, before Richie Planek (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton Warrenville, South) ended the set with a kill. The second set went much the same way for the Mount, holding a 10-6 lead and taking control of the set down the stretch. After a 13-5 Lions' lead in the third set, Marymount suffered a hitting error ending the set and the match. Planek had five kills in the match while Alex Vohland (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) added 12 kills and four digs. Cesar Trigo de Serrano (Miami, FL/Christopher Columbus) had six kills and four digs while teammate Luke Eschenbach (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) added 32 assists and four digs. Zack Kuebler (Columbus, OH/Hilliard Darby) chipped in one block solo and five block assists. The Lions had 37 kills in the match, hitting .338, while Marymount had a .025 hitting percentage.
In the team's second and final match of the day on Saturday, they found themselves down 2-0 and rallied to take the final three sets. Game scores were 21-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-10. There were numerous ties in the third set, the last at 19-all before the Lions' rallied to take the set, behind a varied hitting attack. Set four saw the score tied at six-all, before the Mount rallied to take a lead of 17-10. Cairn closed the deficit to 20-17 but could get no closer as a kill by Planek ended the set, and tied the match at two sets apiece. After an early tie in the fifth set (six-all), Vohland took over on offense and helped the team claim the fifth set and the match victory. The Lions recorded 60 kills in the match against Cairn with Vohland totaling 28 kills and adding six digs. Trigo de Serrano added 13 kills and 10 digs while Planek chipped in eight kills, four digs and three block assists. Eschenbach had 52 assists while Kuebler totaled 14 digs.
Mount Head Coach Ryan Lengerich was pleased with his team's play during the two matches in the Crossover Tournament.
“I thought the team did a great job taking command of the match against Marymount,'' said Lengerich. "We were able to get out to some early leads and side out consistently to get the win.”
“Cairn played a great match and really put us in a hole going down two games, but the team showed a lot of heart in winning the next three to get the victory,'' Lengerich added. "We are going to face adversity at times and I hope we continue to respond with positive energy as we did against a solid Cairn team. The guys showed a lot of character.”