Sunday, April 06, 2014
The College of Mount St. Joseph men’s volleyball team lost a hard fought five set match to the #4 Carthage College Reds on Saturday. Carthage finishes the season with a perfect 10-0 record in the Continental Volleyball Conference. The Lions finish the year 16-11, 4-6 in the CVC. Carthage outhit the Lions .316 to .218 with the teams having 65 and 45 kills, respectively.
The first set saw the Lions jump out to a 16-11 lead behind a diversified attack. The Lions fought hard for a 25-20 first set win, outhitting the Reds .368 to .179, with three kills each from Alex Vohland (West Chester, OH/Lakota West) and Toby Birnbrich (Anthem, AZ/Boulder Creek).
The beginning on the second set was even with the Reds taking a 10-9 lead. The highly rated Reds attack began to take over, hitting .536 in the set, and defeating the Lions 25-13.
After dropping the second set the Lions fought back with vengeance, hitting a scorching .593 in the third set. After taking a 10-9 lead they did not look back, taking the set by a score of 25-17. Birbrich paced the Lions with seven kills in the set.
Having undefeated Carthage on the ropes, the Lions came out slow in the fourth set falling behind 9-5. The Lions managed to close the gap to one at 20-19, but could not get over the hump, losing the set 25-21.
With the match deadlocked at two sets a piece the Lions began the fifth set slowly dropping behind 3-0. The Lions fought back to even the match at 7-7 with a kill by Alex Vohland. The Lions could not keep up with the Reds, dropping the final set 15-10, and the match 3-2.
Vohland led the Lions with a .425 hitting percentage, tallying 19 kills on 40 attempts. Birnbrich helped the Lions attack with 14 kills on 23 attempts for a stellar .522 hitting percentage. Luke Eschenbach (Cincinnati, OH/La Salle) had another strong performance for the Lions with 38 assists and three kills on four attempts. Zach Kuebler (Columbus, OH/Hillard Darby) had three service aces and eight digs for the Lions.
Mount Head Coach Ryan Lengerich had these comments about the team's final 2014 match.
“I am so proud of the student athletes,'' Lengerich said. "They were prepared, they were loose, and they executed the game plan. The result was coming within five points of taking out one of the best teams in the country.
“It’s been a record-setting year and one that set the standard for volleyball at the College of Mount St. Joseph. We have proven we are here to stay and capable of playing at the highest level.”