CINCINNANTI, Ohio - The Mount Union men's volleyball team defeated Mount Saint Joseph's in a Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League match 25-27, 25-20, 25-21, 25-14, 18-16 Saturday afternoon at the Harrington Center.
The Purple Raiders (11-3) were led by junior Justin Sibbel (Stow / Stow-Munroe Falls) with a career-high 33 kills for a .481 hitting percentage and sophomore Jeremy Leyden (Cuyahoga Falls / Akron Hoban) with a season-high 57 assists. Sophomore Steven Grenier (Hawthorn Woods, Ill. / Lake Zurich) recorded 21 digs to pace the Mount Union defense while freshman Andrew Cross (St. Louis, Mo. / St. Louis University High) added five blocks.
Both teams kept the first set close with 10 ties. The Lions went on a 4-0 run to gain control 19-15. The Raiders fought back to tie the set back up at 25-25, but Mount Saint Joseph's scored the final two points to win the set 27-25.
Mount Saint Joseph's started the second set with a 12-9 lead and continued to extend its advantage with a 7-4 surge to make the score 19-13. Mount Union tried to cut the lead with four kills from Sibbel, but the deficit was too large and the Lions won the set 25-20.
Mount Union jumped out to a 10-6 lead in set three to take its largest advantage with kills from three different Raiders. The Lions bounced back to bring the score within one, but the Raiders continued to extend their advantage 15-11. The Lion regained the lead 20-19, but a kill by Sibbel sparked a 5-1 run to give the Raiders their first set win of the match.
The Raiders forced a fifth and final set, after never trailing in set four winning 25-14.
Sibble and sophomore Kaleb Krebs (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Seton La Salle) and Sam Matonis (Macedonia / Walsh Jesuit) each recorded a kill to start set five giving Mount Union a 4-0 lead. Mount Saint Josephs retaliated with a 9-2 run to take the lead 9-7. Mount Union took back control 14-13 with a kill from Leyden. With two more ties, Cross recorded a kill to give the Raiders the 18-16 set win and ultimately the match win.
The Raiders continue MCVL play Friday, March 13 traveling to Michigan to take on Adrian at 7 p.m.