Raider Preview (April 2): Men's Volleyball Running Gauntlet Towards Post-Season

Raider Preview (April 2): Men's Volleyball Running Gauntlet Towards Post-Season

MILWAUKEE – The MSOE men's volleyball team wrapped up its inaugural NACC schedule with a tough, four-set loss at No. 7 Dominican. With that, the Raiders clinched the No. 3 seed in the league tournament.

Now they get to work.

As MSOE gets set to chase its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, the team will face a tough schedule of three matches in a week, including a top-10 showdown against either No. 5 Benedictine or No. 7 Dominican.

Thankfully, the Raiders are used to stiff competition, as they have played eight matches against NCAA Division III nationally-ranked teams. Only six teams have played more. On top of that, the team has played matches against the No. 9 team in Cardinal Stritch and one Division I team in Quincy.

But, you can never be too careful

In a final tune-up before the conference tournament, head coach Shane Reid has scheduled a trip out east for his squad. Out there, the Raiders will run the gauntlet of the Division III elite—No. 1 Springfield, No. 3 Stevens, and No. 8 SUNY New Paltz. On top of that, the team will also play Division I NJIT.

When the smoke clears and the NACC's No. 6 seed rolls into the Kern Center, MSOE will have played five-straight Division III top-10 teams and a Division I team. Needless to say, the team will be prepared for the pressure of post-season competition.

The 2018 schedule has obviously not been a cake-walk for the Raiders. Seven of their eight losses have come against top-10 teams. But, they do own a thrilling five-set win over then-No. 10 BenU on the road, a pair of wins over a strong Stritch team, and a convincing sweep of Quincy.

As much as the regular season wins are great, this schedule is built for the post-season. MSOE has aspirations that go well beyond the regular season and this is a run that will prepare them to get where they want to go. Either way, it'll be a fun ride to the end.

Around MSOE Athletics…

  • Men's Volleyball dropped a pair of tough matches to #2 Carthage and #7 Dominican.
  • Lacrosse picked up a pair of wins to close out non-league play, routing Carroll and getting past Trine to tie the school record for wins in a season.
  • Baseball was swept in a doubleheader at #25 UW-Oshkosh Friday despite leading by two runs in each game.
  • Men's Tennis won its first two matches of the season by a combined 17-1 in its first two NACC matches against WLC and Aurora.
  • Softball had its lone doubleheader postponed and Track & Field had yet another meet canceled.

Coming Up This Week...

  • Baseball (8-9 / L4) starts NACC play with doubleheaders against Dominican and Aurora. In between, the Raiders will play at Division I Milwaukee.
  • Softball (11-3 / W5) tries again to open NACC play at Lakeland Monday. Then, the team plays at Carroll and Marian before hosting Dominican. A makeup with Concordia Chicago could also be added to the schedule.
  • Men's Volleyball (12-8, 8-4 NACC / L2) runs the aforementioned gauntlet of top competition on a trip to the east coast.
  • Lacrosse (8-1, 1-1 MLC / W2) plays a pair of league games at Monmouth and at home against Concordia Chicago.
  • Golf starts its spring season at the Benedictine Invitational Friday and Saturday.
  • Men's Tennis (2-5, 2-0 NACC / W2) plays at Edgewood and Marian on Saturday. The Raiders shared the league title with EC last season.
  • Track & Field will take another try at opening the outdoor season (again) Saturday at the Wisconsin Private College Invitational.
  • Rowing gets in the water for its first official races of the spring season, hosting the Milwaukee Open Regatta.
Monday Baseball Dominican* (2) 12:00 PM Video  |  G1: Live stats G2: Live stats
Monday Softball @ Lakeland* (2) 1:00 PM  
Tuesday Men's Volleyball @ SUNY New Paltz 6:00 PM Video  |  Live Stats
Wednesday Men's Volleyball @ Stevens 2:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
Wednesday Baseball @ Milwaukee 3:00 PM  
Wednesday Men's Volleyball @ NJIT 6:30 PM Video Live Stats
Wednesday Lacrosse @ Monmouth* 7:00 PM  
Thursday Softball @ Carroll (2) 3:00 PM Live Stats 
Thursday Men's Volleyball @ Springfield 5:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
Friday Golf @ Benedictine Invitational All Day  
Saturday Golf @ Benedictine Invitational All Day  
Saturday Track & Field (M/W) @ Private College Invitational All Day  
Saturday Rowing Milwaukee Open Regatta 8:00 AM  
Saturday Men's Tennis @ Edgewood* 10:00 AM  
Saturday Baseball Aurora* (2) 12:00 PM Video  |  G1: Live stats G2: Live stats
Saturday Softball @ Marian* (2) 12:00 PM Video  |  G1: Live stats G2:  Live stats
Saturday Lacrosse Concordia Chicago* 1:00 PM Video  |  Live stats
Saturday Men's Tennis @ Marian* 2:00 PM  
Sunday Softball Dominican* (2) 12:00 PM Audio  |  G1: Live stats G2: Live stats
Sunday Baseball @ Rockford* (2) 12:00 PM Video  |  G1: Live stats G2: Live stats
* Conference Contest | Home Contests in BOLD