Friday, February 14, 2014
The College of Mount St. Joseph men's volleyball team ran its 2014 record to 7-4 on Thursday night when they posted a 3-0 home win over Cincinnati Christian University. The win was the second over the Eagles this season. The Lions are back in action on Feb. 22 when they travel to Greenville, PA for mathes against Eastern Mennonite University and Thiel College.
The Mount jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first set against CCU, and a kill by Brett Cooper (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) led to a 11-4 advantage. The Lions also claims leads of 12-8 and 21-8 in the first sets, taking advantage of CCU hitting and service errors. Cooper ended the first match with a kill, giving the Mount a 25-10 win. Set two saw the teams play close throughout the early going, with numerous tie scores. The Lions, down 11-10, tied the match at 11-all and then with the score knotted at 12 each, scored seven straight points - thanks to four kills by Alex Vohland (West Chester, OH/Lakota West), to take a 20-12 lead. Cooper ended the second match at 25-10 with a service ace. In the third set of the night, the Mount jumped out to a 10-6 lead, thanks to a varied offensive attack, and holding an 11-10 advantage, went on a scoring spree down the stretch and pushed their lead out to 16-10. Josh Schneider (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) recorded a kill to end the set and match, 25-16.
Vohland led the way for the Lions, registering 14 kills, 14 assists, six digs and two block assists. He hit .500 in the match. Cooper added seven kills and four digs while Schneider chipped in 10 digs on the defensive side. Alec King (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) and teammate Lyle Lehmann (Rapid City, SD/Rapid City Central) combined for nine kills and 12 digs. Richie Planek (Wheaton, IL/Wheaton Warrenville South) had 21 assists. The Moutn had 38 kills as a team, and a .321 hitting percentage.
Mount Head Coach Ryan Lengerich was pleased with his team's effort in front of the home crowd.
“The guys really came out focused tonight and we were able to jump on CCU early; and never really left a doubt the rest of the match,'' Lengerich stated. "The team is pretty beat up after a long weekend in the Conference Crossover Tournament. That forced us to play some guys in positions they are not used to playing but we didn’t lose a step. That’s a credit to the strength of our roster from top to bottom.”