Men's Volleyball: Raiders Rally For Split at Geneva

Mark Bruns (left) and Sam Matonis (right) (Photo by Ed Hall Jr.)
Mark Bruns (left) and Sam Matonis (right) (Photo by Ed Hall Jr.)

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. -- Mount Union's men's volleyball rallied from their first loss on the season to salvage a split in a pair of matches Wednesday at Geneva College.

The Purple Raiders lost in three sets to Geneva (Pa.) 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 then swept St. Vincent (Pa.) 26-24, 25-13, 26-24 to stand at 7-1 on the season.

Against St. Vincent (0-8), Mount Union had a season-best .324 hitting percentage as Sam Matonis (Macedonia / Walsh Jesuit) had nine kills and Andrew Cross (St. Louis, Mo. / St. Louis University High) had eight kills. Jeremy Leyden (Cuyahoga Falls / Akron Hoban) provided 28 assists and a pair of service aces while Jimmy Entz (Coraopolis, Pa. / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) had a pair of blocks.

The Raiders had a season-low .138 hitting percentage against Geneva (10-6). Cross and Matonis had eight and seven kills respectively while Leydon had 28 assists. Defensively, Steven Grenier (Hawthorn Woods, Ill. / Lake Zurich) had 18 digs.

Mount Union next plays at Wittenberg, Tuesday. Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in Springfield, Ohio.