Location: Owings Mills, MD (Owings Mills Gymnasium) and Marymount, VA
The Lions traveled east to take on some competitive teams this weekend. The first challenge was against a ranked Stevenson team in Owings Mills, MD. The Lions were able to win the first set, but lost three straight to lose the match 3-1. The next opponent for the Lions was Wilson University. The Lions were able to get the win easily after winning the match in three straight sets. After that the Lions traveled to Marymount, VA to take on Marymount University. This game was a thriller as the Lions were able to come out with the win after 5 sets.
Mount St. Joseph vs. Stevenson
The Lions were excited to go up against such a highly productive team. The competitive play started right away. The first set was kept close with multiple lead changes. Mount St. Joseph was able to take control of the set late and come up with a win off of a kill by Adam Williams (Chicago, IL/ Mt. Carmel).
After the first, set the competition stayed close. The Lions were able to jump out and get the lead for most of the set. Their biggest lead reached up to 5 points until Stevenson began to come back. The Lions had the lead 22-21, but unfortunately couldn't finish as Stevenson took the second set 25-22. Stevenson was able to keep control of the momentum and win the next two sets to beat the Lions 3-1.
Mount St. Joseph vs. Wilson
The next matchup for the Lions was Wilson University. The Lions came into the game looking for redemption from the earlier loss against Stevenson. They began the match by dominating the net and jumping out to a quick lead. They were able to keep control and win the first set comfortably 25-16.
The Lions continued to play at a high level and dominate Wilson. The second set started with great defense from Mount St. Joseph. They went up 5-0 at the beginning of the set and never let go of the lead. The Lions finished the set winning 25-19. The Third set was kept close by Wilson. After the score was tied 17-17, the Lions began to pull away. They were able to beat Wilson in the third set 25-20 with help from Ben Holt (Cincinnati, OH/ Roger Bacon), who got a kill late for the Lions to push them towards the victory. The Lions beat Wilson 3-0.
Mount St. Joseph vs. Marymount
The final game for the Lions was played on Saturday 1/28. After leaving Maryland, the Lions traveled to Marymount, VA to take on Marymount University. This game was extremely close as both teams were pretty evenly matched. The first set was tight as both teams neared 25 points. After being tied 25-25 the set went into extra points. Marymount was able to edge out the Lions and get the win in the first set 28-26.
The second set continued to stay exciting as the score stayed close. The Lions were able to get the lead after kills from multiple players, and were able to beat Marymount in the second set 25-21 to tie up the series. In the Third set the intensity continued. Marymount was able to stay ahead of the Lions to win the third set 25-22. This back and forth contest continued as the Lions won the fourth set 25-19 after a kill from Brett Cooper (Cincinnati, OH/ La Salle).
In the final set this matchup stayed close. After being tied 11-11 in the set to 15, the Lions were able to outlast Marymount with two key kills late in the set by Alex Vohland (West Chester, OH/ Lakota West). The Lions won the match 3-2.
The Lions leader Alex Vohland had an impressive showing in the game against Stevenson as he was able to lead the team with 19 kills. Brett Cooper was a big contributor in the win over Marymount. He was able to record 16 kills and finish with a .560 kill percentage. Nathan Herdeman (Cincinnati OH, Elder) continues to be a vital part of the Lions offense after leading the team in assists and recording 49 assist in the game against Marymount.
Mount St. Joseph will look forward to hosting their first home game of the season against conference rival Olivet in the Harrington Center Gym, Friday 2/3 at 7:00 pm.