No. 11 Saints seal up second-straight sweep with powerful showing against Thiel

No. 11 Saints seal up second-straight sweep with powerful showing against Thiel

ARLINGTON, Va.—The No. 11 Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball squad continued its impressive 2017 campaign in Continental Volleyball Conference play on Saturday night, improving to 8-1. The Saints dominated Thiel College in a three-set sweep, 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-17). 

The Saints wasted no time taking a 4-2 lead to open set one. Moments later, senior Tomasz Ksiazkiewicz and junior TJ Wiechecki teamed up to notch two kills, coupled with a Tomcat error, giving MU a 15-9 advantage. The blue and white garnered a 7-0 run late in the set, led by two service aces from Ksiazkiewicz and a kill from Wiechecki to give the Saints a commanding 22-11 lead eventually closing out the set ahead, 25-14. 

Both squads battled in set two, as Marymount fell behind, 12-11, but didn't stay down long. The Saints rallied back on a 6-0 run, sparked by Ksiazkiewicz bolstering another kill. The run forced Thiel to burn a timeout, but it didn't slow down the Saints' momentum. The blue and white pushed ahead by seven, 21-14, forcing another Tomcat timeout. Sophomore Eric Wiles connected with freshman Joseph Zanelotti for the final point of the set, 25-17.

The momentum carried over into set three as Marymount took a commanding 7-0 lead to open the set. Wiles led the 7-0 run with three kills, followed by Ksiazkiewicz who notched one. Down the stretch, freshman Sam Safley and sophomore Alex Treser bolstered two kills apiece. Treser found a hole in the middle of the floor to notch the final kill with the Saints prevailing on top, 25-17, to seal up another victory. 

Ksiazkiewicz pieced together an impressive performance, tying for a game-high eight kills, and posting a career-high seven service aces. Wiechecki also posted eight kills on the offensive end. Zanelotti and junior Erich Bratke split time in the setter position, garnering 18 and nine assists, respectively. On the defensive end, sophomore Carson Caudell scooped up a game-high four digs, and junior Graham Clark registered five total blocks. 

The men's squad will travel to No. 9 Eastern Mennonite University for a CVC matchup on Wednesday, March 22. First serve is set for 6 p.m.