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Saints take No. 7 Nazareth to four sets, fall short in extra points

Saints take No. 7 Nazareth to four sets, fall short in extra points

ROCHESTER, N.Y.— The Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball team continued its 2017 campaign against No. 7 Nazareth College on Friday night, falling short 3-1 (22-25, 18-25, 25-21, 28-26).

The first set proved to be a battle from the first serve. Marymount led through the beginning of the set after an early 2-0 jump, led by junior Jordan Pawlicki who picked up two aces. The momentum shifted in favor of Nazareth and the Saints came up short, 25-22, after trading points with the Golden Flyers through the set.

MU jumped ahead early in set two again before NC battled its way back into the set to tie the game at seven all. Marymount fell behind later in the set to trail by four before heading into the final five points of the set. The deficit was too much to overcome for the Saints, dropping set two, 25-18.

The blue and white pulled ahead by several points mid set, seeing their biggest lead come at 14-10 following a kill by junior TJ Wiechecki. MU held on to its lead through the rest of the set until prevailing, 25-21, following an ace by Wiechecki and an error by the Golden Flyers to send the match to a fourth game.

In set four, the Saints got off to a slow start falling behind 4-0 before battling back and temporarily gaining the lead at 8-7. Both squads continued to fight and MU pulled ahead following a 4-1 run led by Wichecki who notched an ace and a kill. Nazareth was forced to take a timeout and in a last-ditch effort, the Golden Flyers came back to force the set into extra points. Marymount fell short 28-26 and dropped the match 3-1.

Wiechecki paced the Saints on the offensive end, registering 13 kills and sophomore Eric Wiles nabbed 11. Junior Graham Clark bolstered eight kills while hitting .615 and four blocks on the defensive end. Junior Connor Choate led the way on the defensive end notching five digs. 

The men will continue on the road to face Baruch College followed by Hunter College for a tri-match in New York on Saturday, January 21. First serve is set for 2 p.m., followed by the second match at 4 p.m.