LOCATION: Hiram, OH
The Lions traveled to Hiram College to participate in the Hiram Winter Invite. In the first day of competition they quickly defeated the Hiram Terroirs in three straight sets. In the final day of play they faced #12 Elmira College for the second time this season, while also taking on the Medaille Mavericks. In the first match the Lions defeated the Soaring Eagles three sets to one, and managed to sweep Medaille in three straight sets to finish off the weekend.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
MSJ vs. Hiram
In the first match against the Hiram Terroirs the Lions wasted no time and quickly gained a lead. Hiram rallied back early in the match but the Lions were able to force errors to build their lead. The Lions continued to capitalize on their opponent's mistakes and Zack Storc (Columbus, OH / Bishop Watterson) finished off the set 25-16 with a five point service run. The Lions started the second set off slowly, finding themselves down early in the set. Hiram would keep the lead until the score was tied at 14 but would still give the Lions a run for their money. The Lions desperately needed a stop and an Adam Williams (Chicago, IL / Mt. Carmel) kill would give them the lead. The Lions found their fire in the final points of the set and would go on to take the set 25-21. Continuing their momentum into the third set, The Lions built an 8-3 lead. The Lions wouldn't look back as they would go on to defeat the Hiram Terroirs 25-17 in set three.
MSJ vs. Elmira
In the second day of competition the Lions faced the Elmira Soaring Eagles for the second time this season. The Mount started off the match slow but would find their groove halfway through the set. Elmira would challenge the Lions, keeping the score close for most of the game. A five point run by the Lions led by Jason Hascher (Miamisburg, OH / Alter) at the service line gave the Lions the cushion they would need to take the set 25-22. The Lions dominated the second set by capitalizing on Elmira errors. The Soaring Eagles tried to chip away at the lead in the final points, but the deficit was too much as the Lions would go on to take the second set 25-17. Elmira wouldn't give up going in to the third set and battled to keep the score close. The score was tied for most of the set and a few late costly errors by the Lions gave Elmira the third set 25-23. The Lions continued their struggles into the fourth set, going back and forth with Elmira throughout the set. Down 15-13 the Lions refocused and started to turn the game around, starting with a 5 point service run by Nathan Herdeman (Cincinnati, OH / Elder). The Mount was able to bring back its intensity and won the set and match off of a block from Chisholm and Storc.
MSJ vs. Medaille
In the Lions final match of the weekend they didn't waste any time, quickly taking a 5-1 lead over the Mavericks. Medaille struggled to control the Lions defense which lead to a quick set. Darien Bradley (Las Vegas, NV / Arbor View) ended the set on a five point service run, leading the Lions to a 25-14 victory. Going into the second set the Lions struggled to find the floor but a six point service run by Herdeman opened up the set. A Marushwa Kingu (Euclid, OH / Lake Catholic) kill solidified the second set for the Lions with a final score of 25-17. The Mount erupted in the final set by taking an early 7-1 lead. Countless errors by the Mavericks gave the Lions a majority of their points, allowing them to easily win the final set 25-17.
Williams was all over the court during the weekend, earning 26 kills and 19 digs over the three match weekend. Andrew Chisholm (Cincinnati, OH / Oak Hills) and Ben Holt (Cincinnati, OH / Roger Bacon) both protected the net very well with 16 and 12 blocks, respectively.
The Lions find themselves taking on Fontbonne University and Greenville University at home. The Mount will take on Fontbonne Friday 3/1 at 7pm and Greenville on Saturday 3/2 at 1pm. Be sure to check MSJsports.com for more updates on the Lions season!