No. 11 Men's volleyball splits on final day of road trip

No. 11 Men's volleyball splits on final day of road trip

HUNTINGDON, Pa.— The No. 11 Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball squad split in a tri-match against Continental Volleyball Conference foes, No. 14 Juniata College and Alvernia University. The Saints dropped the first match to host Juniata, 3-1 (27-29, 17-25, 25-17, 19-25), before toppling Alvernia in three sets, 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-23).

Marymount vs. Juniata

Sophomore Eric Wiles struck first to give the Saints the opening point of the match. The set remained close, forcing it into extra points. Wiles and junior TJ Wiechecki kept the Saints alive in extra points until their effort wasn't enough, dropping set one, 29-27.

In set two, the Saints trailed early on. After falling behind 14-10, the Saints used a timeout to gather themselves. Juniata's offense proved to be too much in set two, as the Saints fell, 25-17. 

The Saints bolstered a 3-0 lead to start set three, but the Eagles rallied back mid-set. Marymount pieced together a 9-0 run to pull ahead, 18-11, before Wiles finished the set with a kill for the Saints to prevail, 25-17.

MU battled with JC through set four, trading points until the final 10 points of the set. Marymount fell behind and used a timeout at 19-17, but were unable to mount a comeback and fell short, 25-19. 

Wiechecki posted a game-high 16 kills, followed by Wiles who added 12. Junior Erich Bratke bolstered 38 assists and 10 digs.

Marymount vs. Alvernia

The Saints got off to a good start, piecing together a 7-1 run, for an 8-4 lead against Alvernia. The blue and white maintained a commanding lead throughout the set, until prevailing on top 25-16.

The momentum stayed in favor of the Saints heading into the second set, as junior Ben Steranka sparked a 4-0 run to give MU an 11-8 advantage. Marymount never looked back, and sophomore Remington Shahan added a kill ending the set in favor of the Saints, 25-20.

MU fell behind early in set three, before rallying back to tie the set at 16 all. Towards the end of the set, both squads were tied at 22. Sophomore Alex Treser notched a kill, and Treser and Shahan put up a wall at the net to give the Saints a 24-22 advantage. Junior Jordan Pawlicki fed sophomore James Knight for the final point of the set, and the Saints prevailed, 25-23. 

Treser paced the Saints on offense, notching 10 kills. Bratke and Pawlicki split time in the setter position, adding 23 and 13 assists, respectively. Junior Connor Choate scooped up a game-high 10 digs. 

The men will continue in CVC action, hosting Stevenson University on Wednesday, February 22. First serve is set for 7 p.m., in the Verizon Sports Arena.