In another non-conference weekend the Lions traveled to Illinois to take on the Benedictine Eagles and the Aurora Spartans. The Lions weren't able to find any momentum in the first game, falling to Benedictine in three straight sets. After the loss on Friday the Lions picked up their play and went on to defeat Aurora in a tough three set match.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
MSJ vs. Benedictine
In the Lions first match against Benedictine University the Lions got off to a slow start. The Lions got their first few points off of errors but Benedictine managed to fight their way back. The Lions kept the score close for most of the set but costly errors mid-set allowed Benedictine to gain a lead. The Lions continued to fight but weren't able to close the gap and dropped the first set 25-17. The second set was a back and forth affair with both teams battling for momentum. The Lions were able to build a small lead but the Eagles quickly tied the score. The Lions made costly errors down to the wire which resulted in a 25-21 loss of set two. The third set started with great play from both sides of the court. The score was tied throughout most of the set until Nathan Herdeman (Cincinnati, OH / Elder) was able to push a lead going into the final points. The Lions weren't able to hold their lead going into the final points due to errors, giving the Eagles the final set with a 25-23 score.
MSJ vs. Aurora
In the Lions second day of competition they faced the Aurora Spartans. The Lions struggled early in the set but quickly found their groove to take a lead. Aurora wasn't going to give up easy and tied the score, going on to take the lead late in the game. Down 23-20, the Lions managed to fight back on a service run from Ben Holt (Cincinnati, OH / Roger Bacon), resulting in a 27-25 set one win. In the second set the score was knotted for most of the set. Whenever the Lions would build a lead, the Spartans would find a way to rally back to even the score. Another service run by Herdeman opened up the set for the Lions, leading them to a victory in second set with a score of 25-22. The final set was another battle for momentum, neither team able to solidify a lead. The score was kept within two for most of the match, even going into extra points. A service run by Darien Bradley (Las Vegas, NV / Arbor View) in the final points gave the Lions game point but back to back errors tied the score at 24. A Kill from Zack Storc () and Herdeman finished the sweep for the Lions with a final score of 26-24.
In the Lions first match against Benedictine Storc led the Lions offense with 10 kills. In the second match of the weekend Adam Williams (Chicago, IL / Mt. Carmel) was the hot hand, earning 11 kills.
The Lions host a tri-match this Tuesday 3/13 where they will host Wittenberg University and Rutgers University-Newark. The first match begins at 5pm with the second match starting at 7pm. Check MSJsports.com for more updates on the Lions season!