Location: Cincinnati, OH (Harrington Center)
The Lions had a productive weekend of volleyball on Friday and Saturday. They played three games and went 2-1 against their competitors. The first game, the Lions were able to beat Nazareth 3-0. Then the Lions started of Saturday losing to MCVL rival Dominican 3-1. Then in the late game on Saturday, they were able to end the weekend with a win against Cal Lutheran 3-0.
Mount St. Joseph vs. Nazareth:
The first set against Nazareth was mainly controlled by the Lions. After both teams were tied 10-10, the Lions were able to pull ahead. A kill by Darien Bradley (Las Vegas, NV/ Arbor View) and a service ace by Brett Cooper (Cincinnati, OH/ La Salle) put the Lions ahead 14-11. They controlled the rest of the set and were able to win 25-22 to take the lead in the match.
The second set became extremely competitive. Mount St. Joseph controlled the set at the beginning. They had the lead until Nazareth started to turn in on. After leading by four points earlier in the match, the Lions found themselves tied with Nazareth 22-22. The Lions were determined to take the second set. With a kill by Alex Vohland (West Chester, OH/ Lakota West) and a block from Andrew Chisholm (Cincinnati, OH/ Oak Hills) and Nathan Herdeman (Cincinnati, OH/ Elder), the Lions were able to sneak away the win from Nazareth winning the set 27-25.
The third set was dominated by Mount St. Joseph. They were able to establish a very large lead because of multiple people on the team stepping up. Multiple kills from multiple players was able to get the win in the third set 25-13 and the overall win in the match 3-0.
Mount St. Joseph vs. Dominican:
The Lions competed next on Saturday morning at 12:00 PM, to take on MCVL rival Dominican University. This game was full of incredible athletes going head to head. This made it a very intense battle. The first set went to Dominican after a below average performance from the Lions. The Lions struggled to produce on offense as they lost the first set 25-12.
The second set was close. Both teams went back and forth the entire match. The Lions were able to take the lead late with the score at 19-18. But Dominican was able to make a surge to score 5 straight points. This made the score 24-19 and Dominican was able to finish the set to beat the Lions 25-21 to take the 2-0 lead.
The Lions needed to make a move if they were going to stay in this one. The Lions were able to control most of the third set. They maintained a two to three point lead throughout the competition. After being up 23-19, Dominican started to make it a tight game. They scored three times in a row to make it 22-23. Adam Williams (Chicago, IL/ Mt. Carmel) was able to win the set for the Lions after a huge kill to make the score 25-23. The Lions would take their first set with Dominican leading 2-1.
In the fourth set the Lions were playing hard. They kept the lead throughout the set leading Dominican 18-14 at one point. Then Dominican fought back to take the lead. With multiple kills Dominican was able to take the lead 20-18. The Lions were able to tie it up 22-22 after a kill from Nathan Herdeman, but they would unfortunately fall to Dominican in the fourth set 25-23. This would give Dominican the win 3-1.
Mount St. Joseph vs. Cal Lutheran:
The final game for the Lions was Saturday night against Cal Lutheran. Mount Saint Joseph was able to set the tone early to control the entire match. In the first set the Lions were challenged by the Kingsmen with the score staying close. At one point the Kingsmen were up 19-17. This is when the defense stepped up. The Lions got two huge blocks, and Adam Williams was able to get a kill after an assist from Nathan Herdeman to put the Lions up 24-19. The Lions would win the first set 25-19.
The Lions continued to play well in the second set. Cal Lutheran tried to keep it close but the Lions were able to produce offense from multiple players which made it hard for the Kingsmen to keep up. After a kill from Adam Williams and an attack error by the Kingsmen, the Lions were able to win the second set 25-17.
Mount St. Joseph looked to sweep the Kingsmen going into the third set. They were able to jump to an early lead and control the tempo of the game. This gave other players on the Lions bench the opportunity to participate in the competition. The Lions finished the set winning 25-19 to give them the win over Cal Lutheran 3-0.
There were many players for the Lions that stepped up to make an impact for their team. Darien Bradley had a huge weekend. He recorded 8 kills on 18 attempts in the win against Nazareth, and also made his presence known versus Dominican with 10 kills on 26 attempts and 10 digs. Adam Williams also stepped up for the Lions. He had 11 kills on 23 attempts against Dominican and also led the team versus Cal Lutheran with 10 kills on 23 attempts. Darrell Swanson (Las Vegas, NV/ Arbor View) was able to make an impression as well in the Cal Lutheran game. He recorded 9 kills on the offensive end and 10 digs on defense.
The Lions will compete in the Harrington Center next Friday 3/3 against Greenville at 7:00 PM and next Saturday 3/4 against Fontbonne at 2:00 PM