SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - The No. 12 Marymount University men's volleyball team concluded its weekend in Ohio on Saturday, dropping two matches to strong teams at the Jim Coleman Invitational, hosted by Wittenberg.
Match 1: MSOE 3, #12 Marymount 1
The Saints trailed early in the first match of the day, dropping the opening set, 25-17, to the Raiders, who sit right outside of the AVCA Top 15. However, they kept the next three sets close throughout including an extra-point battle in the second game that went into the 30s.
Trailing 24-22 down the stretch in the second set, junior setter Joseph Zanelotti dumped one in over the net to catch the Raiders off guard to keep MU alive in the game. On the next rally, the Saints evened it up at 24-24 when junior Remington Shahan went up for the solo block.
From there, the set saw six more ties and four lead changes before a service error and back-to-back attack errors by MSOE gave the Saints a 30-32 victory to draw the match even at one set apiece.
In the third and fourth set, the Saints remained in contention through to the end but couldn't pull another set from the Raiders, eventually falling 25-22 in set three and 25-21 in set four.
Freshman Miles Olson put down a team-high 12 kills in the match on a .267 kill percentage, while Shahan added nine on a .412. Zanelotti registered a match-high 39 assists and five service aces, and senior Eric Wiles dove out for eight digs.
Match 2: #3 Carthage 3, #12 Marymount 0
The Saints (1-3) went right into their final match of the day against the third-ranked opponent in the country in Carthage, falling in straight sets, 25-10, 25-22, 25-15.
The Red Men (3-0) kept control of much of the match, except a second set that stayed tight the whole way. Trailing early in the game, falling behind by four at 11-7, the Saints rattled off a six-point stretch to take a two-point lead.
Marymount didn't surrender the advantage until later in the set when Carthage hit a three-point stretch itself to take a lead that held through the remainder of the game.
Safley led the way for the Saints in the second match with eight kills, and Zanelotti added 25 more assists for the day.
The Saints will remain on the road next weekend, travling to Lancaster Bible College for a trimatch on Saturday, January 26. They will open at 4 p.m., against Penn State University-Altoona, before taking on the host Chargers at 6 p.m.