Saturday, April 05, 2014
The College of Mount St. Joseph men’s volleyball team was defeated by the Dominican University Stars in a Continental Volleyball Conference matchup on Friday. Dominican played well throughout the match to register a 3-0 win. With the loss the Lions fall to 16-10 on the year, with a 4-5 record in the CVC.
Dominican defeated the Lions 25-17, 25-23, and 25-14 to run their record to 12-13 overall, and 4-5 in the CVC. Dominican out hit the Lions by a margin of .272 to .124, with the teams having 33 and 32 kills, respectively.
The Lions got off to a slow start in set one, falling behind 15-8, before making a run to close it within 3 at 16-13. Hitting and service errors were eventually the downfall of the Lions in set one.
The Lions played their best set of the match in set two, jumping out to a 10-7 lead on the back of three kills by Alex Vohland (West Chester, OH/Lakota West). Dominican fought hard to take back the lead at 21-20, and didn’t look back. The Lions closed the match to within one at 24-23, before giving up the final point on a kill from the Stars’ Jeremy Royko.
The third set started poorly for the Lions, and did not finish much better. The Lions fell behind 16-8, before losing 25-14. The Lions finished with only seven kills and nine attacking errors in the set.
The Lions were led in kills by Toby Birnbrich (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek) who complied 10 kills on 19 attempts for a .316 hitting percentage. Luke Eschenbach (Cincinnati, OH/La Slle) had 30 assists to pace the Lions, while Alec King (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) and Zach Kuebler (Columbus, OH/Hillard Darby) had seven digs each to lead the team.
The Lions are back in action Saturday with a match against fourth-ranked Carthage College that will wrap up the regular season for the Lions.
Mount Head Coach Ryan Lengerich had this to say about the match.
"It was disappointing the team did not play well in a big spot but all the credit should go to Dominican who played a great match,'' Lengerich said. "I can't say enough about how amazing the fans and students were. The support shows that Mount men's volleyball is alive and well. I'm proud of the team and the whole Mount community."