Men's Volleyball Sweeps Augustana (Ill.)

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, MICH. -- The Adrian College men's volleyball team earned a convincing 3-0 win over Augustana (Ill.) on Saturday afternoon to improve to 2-6 in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL). Noah Marcinkowski (Menifee, Calif.) led the Bulldog attack with 16 kills.

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 3, Augustana 0 (25-21, 25-22, 27-25)

Location: Adrian, Michigan (Merillat Sports and Fitness Center)

Records: Adrian (6-12, 2-6 MCVL), Augustana (9-16, 2-5 MCVL)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Adrian took an early 1-0 lead by tallying 12 kills on 23 total attacks with only three errors for a match-high .391 attack percentage in a 25-21 victory in the opening set. Augustana (Ill.) also hit the ball well in the first with a 16 kills, six error, 31 total attacks (.323) showing.

The Vikings held the edge in hitting percentage in set two (.265 vs. .167) despite the Bulldogs pulling out a close 25-22 decision and pulling ahead 2-0 in the set score.

Adrian closed out the match with a 27-25 edge in the third set. The Bulldogs let an 18-13 lead slip away as Augie rattled eight of the next 11 points to take the 21-20 lead that forced an Adrian timeout.

The Vikings scored following the timeout, pushing the lead to two points and putting themselves in position to force a fourth set (22-20). Down 23-21, the Bulldogs scored three consecutive points to retake the lead, 24-23, before scoring the final two points to put the match away.

TOP DOGS

• Marcinkowski's stat line read 16 kills, two service aces, three digs, and five blocks (1 BS, 4 BA).

Kevin Curley (Zion, Ill.) contributed with 10 kills, six digs, and a block (BS).

Michael Burkhardt (Whitehall, Pa.) tallied nine kills, six digs, and two blocks (2 BA) to help in the win.

Joseph Campana (Los Angeles, Calif.) had a team-high 35 assists and was one of four Bulldogs to lead the team with six digs.

Kyle Bell (Lake Orion, Mich.) was the final Adrian player with six digs. He also tallied an assist in the match.

THE OPPOSITION

• Justin Murphy led the Vikings in both kills (11) and digs (8).

• Ryan Hirschel finished with a match-high 36 assists.

• Richard Baum and Matthew Schiferl helped Murphy lead the defense with eight digs.

UP NEXT

Adrian travels to Hiram next Friday, March 30, to compete in the two-day Hiram Invitational. The Bulldogs will face Juniata on day one at 8:00 p.m., ET.

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