MILWAUKEE – The No. 13 MSOE men's volleyball team tallied 46 kills over three sets in sweeping past Benedictine, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 for its 20th win of the season Friday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (20-3, 16-2 MCVL) reached 20 wins for the first time in program history at the expense of the Eagles (11-12, 10-8 MCVL).
Kyle Vanstedum led Benedictine with eight kills.
The first game featured 11 ties in the opening points when MSOE broke a 12-12 tie with a modest 4-1 run to take a 16-3 lead. They traded single points until the late stages when each team rattled off three-straight points to make it 20-18. The Red & White then closed out the frame with five-straight points.
Benedictine got the upper hand early in the second game, playing from ahead after a 3-0 run and a pair of back-to-back points. The visitors later scored four-straight points to open a late 17-12 lead. The Raiders responded with three-straight points but still trailed late at 22-19. That's when MSOE scored the next four points to take the lead at 23-22. After BenU tied it, the Raiders finished off the set with back-to-back points.
Three-straight points for the Eagles gave them a brief lead at 9-7 in the third period. MSOE then scored the next six points for a 13-9 advantage. Benedictine would cut that deficit to one, coming back with three-straight points to make it 13-12. The Raiders responded, once again, this time with a 7-2 run to pull away at 20-14. The visitors had one more 3-0 run in them to pull within 20-17 but the Red & White scored the next two points and, after the teams traded points, ended the match with back-to-back points.
MSOE hit .269 for the match, working around 10.5 BenU blocks. Meanwhile, the Red & White limited the visitors to .093 attacking. That included a set-best hitting percentage of just .154 in the second.
The Raiders close out the regular season Saturday, hosting No. 12 Dominican.