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No. 9 Men's volleyball sweeps CVC trimatch to close out league play

No. 9 Men's volleyball sweeps CVC trimatch to close out league play

LANGHORNE, Pa.— The No. 9 Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball squad rolled past Cairn University and Alvernia University in a Continental Volleyball Conference tri-match on Saturday afternoon. The Saints downed host Cairn in straight sets, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-17), before adding a second sweep against Alvernia, 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-17). Marymount rounded out CVC play for the regular season, improving to 13-1 before heading into postseason play.

Marymount vs. Cairn 

Junior TJ Wiechecki posted back-to-back kills to open set one and give the Saints a 2-0 lead. MU extended its lead to 7-2 following a 3-0 run. The Saints continued to be a force on the offensive end, and sophomore Remington Shahan closed out the set in favor of MU, 25-20.

Marymount continued to dominate, taking a 4-0 lead in set two. Junior Jordan Pawlicki bolstered two service aces, and sophomore Eric Wiles notched a kill in the early run. Wiles added three more kills mid-set to push the Saints ahead 14-6 and force a Cairn timeout. The blue and white finished the set out on top, 25-17.

The momentum shifted back-and-forth in set three, seeing several ties and lead changes early on. Marymount took the lead again at 14-13 and never looked back. A 3-0 run gave the Saints a four-point lead, 18-14. MU controlled the tempo for the rest of the set, prevailing on top 25-17. 

Wiechecki and Wiles bolstered eight kills apiece to pace the Saints on the offensive end. Pawlicki notched a game-high 30 assists, and junior Connor Choate scooped up a game-high 13 digs.

Marymount vs. Alvernia

The Saints pulled ahead 11-6 following a 4-0 run pieced together by MU. Three-straight kills by Wiechecki and junior Carson Caudell gave the Saints an eight-point advantage, 16-8. The blue and white capitalized on two errors by Alvernia to win the set, 25-14.

The momentum stayed in favor of the Saints in set two. Back-to-back kills by junior Graham Clark and Caudell to give Marymount a 12-4 advantage. The blue and white stayed on top, and set two ended in favor of the Saints following a 3-1 run, 25-18.

MU fell behind in set three, before posting a 3-0 run to tie the set at 11 all. Another 4-0 run gave the Saints a 15-12 lead. Wiechecki, freshman Sam Safley and junior Ben Steranka each added a kill during the run. Clark connected with freshman Joseph Zanelotti to end the set in favor of the blue and white, 25-17. 

Wiechecki bolstered a game-high 16 kills, while Zanelotti posted a game-high 35 assists. On the defensive end, junior Erich Bratke notched a game-high 10 digs.

The men will head to Hoboken, New Jersey on Saturday, April 8 for another tri-match to end the regular season. The Saints will take on host No. 3 Stevens Institute of Technology at 2 p.m., followed by a matchup against Southern Virginia University at 4 p.m.