Men’s volleyball team grounded by Benedictine in three sets

Rhett Pringle

LISLE, Ill. – The Olivet College men's volleyball team came up short in a three-set loss to Benedictine (Ill.) University this evening at the Dan and Ada Rice Center in Lisle, Illinois.

THE BASICS
Final Score: Benedictine def. Olivet 25-21, 25-20, 25-18
Location: Dan and Ada Rice Center; Lisle, Ill.
Records: Benedictine 8-11 overall, 7-7 MCVL; Olivet 2-15 overall, 0-13 MCVL

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Eagles held a 7-3 in the first set. The Comets went on a 6-1 run to take a 9-8 lead. Olivet continued to hold the lead until Benedictine turned a 15-13 deficit into a 16-15 lead with a 3-0 run. The Comets answered with two straight points to go back up 17-16. The Eagles then closed the set on a 9-4 scoring spurt to win it 25-21.
  • Early in the second set, Olivet had a two-point cushion on three occasions, with the last time being 5-3. Benedictine came back with a 9-4 run to gain a 12-9 lead. The Comets fought back to close to within a single point twice. After the last time at 14-13, the Eagles went on a 3-0 run to take control of the set.
  • The only time Benedictine trailed in the third set was when it was behind 1-0. With the score even at 3-3, the Eagles scored five straight points to go up 8-3. The closest Olivet got for the rest of the set was four points after senior Luke DeWitt served two aces to make the score 19-15.

FOR THE COMETS

FOR THE EAGLES

  • Sterling Glover had 1/4 (10) of the 40 Benedictine kills.
  • Erik Kerber was near perfect at the net, with nine kills on 10 attacks for a .900 hitting percentage.
  • Markus Reimer posted team-highs in set assists (35) and digs (nine).

UP NEXT

  • Olivet remains in Illinois tonight to face Dominican University tomorrow afternoon. First serve from the Igini Sports Forum in River Forest is at 2 p.m. CT/3 p.m. ET.