MILWAUKEE – Junior Logan Baerenwald finished with 18 kills and senior Scott Boyk tallied 14 to lead the No. 14 MSOE men's volleyball team to an exciting 20-25, 25-21, 25-20 victory over Mount St. Joseph Friday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (15-2, 11-1 MCVL) rallied from an opening-game loss to hold off a persistent Lions (15-5, 9-4 MCVL) team and get their seventh-straight win.
Baerenwald and Boyk carried the offensive load with 40 and 33 attacks, respectively, and Boyk posting a .303 attack percentage. Junior Neil Naughton had an efficient night with nine kills on 15 attacks for a .467 hitting clip. Junior Quin Krisik had 45 assists in the match with five kills and nine digs.
Darien Bradley had 12 kills for Mount St. Joseph. Adam Williams notched 12 kills and Andrew Chisholm finished with eight on 15 kills (.533).
MSJ hit .464 in taking the opening set but it was MSOE, which led 17-16 late after a three-point run. The Lions were then able to close out the frame on a 9-3 run to take the early lead in the match.
The Raiders responded well, scoring the first five points of the next game and growing their lead to 14-7. The visitors whittled away at their deficit and tied the score at 19-19 after an 8-2 run. The score was 20-20 when the Red & White rattled off four-straight points as part of a 5-1 run to end the set and even the match at 1-1.
In the third set, it was back and forth with MSJ playing from the lead. The Lions led 17-15 when four-straight MSOE points thrust the home team into the lead and jump-started a 10-3 run to finish off the frame.
The Raiders rode that momentum into the fourth set in jumping out to a 12-4 lead. Mount St. Joseph gradually worked its way back into the game edging closer and closer until it succeeded in tying the set at 20-20. The teams then traded points until MSJ scored back-to-back points for set point at 25-24. The Red & White responded with back-to-back points and junior Bryant Holland ended it with a service ace.
MSOE hit .232 on the night, rebounding from .081 in the first set to hit its stride. The Lions held a slight edge in attack percentage at .238 but was out-killed 57-47. The visitors also held a 10-4 advantage in blocks and both teams had 49 digs.
The Raiders return to the court Wednesday, hosting No. 7 Carthage at 7 p.m.