ARLINGTON, Va. - Highlighted by a season-high 60 kills and a .423 hitting percentage, the 11th-ranked Marymount men's volleyball team posted a 26-28, 25-17, 25-18, 25-15 victory over No. 6 Kean Saturday at Verizon Sports Arena before sweeping Lancaster Bible, 25-16, 25-20, 29-27.
The Saints (9-3) remained unbeaten in five home matches this season while posting their second win against a team ranked in the top-10 of the AVCA Division III Coaches Poll.
In the opener, the trio of sophomore Sam Safley, senior TJ Wiechecki and junior Eric Wiles combined for 52 of the team's 60 kills against the Cougars while posting a .471 hitting percentage. Safley totaled a career-high 19 kills while Wiles had a career-high 15, equaling the mark he set in a 3-2 win at Thiel on Feb. 17, 2017.
The first set featured 16 ties and three lead changes. Trailing 26-25, Kean (7-2) scored the final three points, two of which came on Marymount errors.
In the second, Safley totaled five of the team's nine kills on five attempts with no errors as the Saints never trailed and led by as many as seven to even the match up at one set apiece.
The Cougars scored four of the first six points in the third before Marymount answered with four-straight to take a 6-4 lead which it would never relinquish. Wiechecki had eight of his 18 kills in the third and hit .727. The Saints totaled 19 kills in the third and hit .438 while senior Erich Bratke totaled 17 of his season-high 54 assists.
Marymount jumped out to an 8-1 advantage in the fourth set and led by as many as 11, totaling 16 kills and a .619 hitting percentage. Wiechecki had seven kills and hit .750 while Wiles added five and hit .429.
Wiechecki totaled 17 kills, four digs and three service aces against Lancaster Bible (6-3) as the Saints improved to 7-0 in three-set matches this season. Junior Remington Shahan added 10 kills while hitting .529 and totaling three block assists. Safley had eight kills and Wiles added six.
Marymount begins and eight game road trip next Friday when it travels to Juniata for a CVC contest beginning at 6 p.m.