Griffins Earn Redemption Win Against Loras

Photo credit: Anthony LaRocca
Photo credit: Anthony LaRocca

DUBUQUE, Iowa.—The Fontbonne University men's volleyball team extended its winning streak out to 13 and swept its ninth straight opponent after defeating Loras in straight sets.

Score: Fontbonne 3, Loras 0 (28-26, 25-22, 25-20)

Location: Dubuque, Iowa

Records: Fontbonne 13-0 (1-0 MCVL), Loras 11-4 (1-1 MCVL)

How It Happened

After missing the postseason last year due to a loss against Loras, the Griffins had hopes for a better outcome tonight. Both teams brought it offensively in the first set. The Griffins had 11 kills and just one error for a match-high .345 hitting percentage. The Duhawks countered with a match-high 19 kills in the set.

It was back-and-forth play throughout as a kill from Mark Klusman tied it up at 18-18. Loras registered the next two points, but kills from Brendon Schwartze and Emir Hadzisalihovic had the scoreboard even once again at 20-20.

They went point-for-point the rest of the way until a kill from Klusman and a Loras attack error gave Fontbonne the 28-26 win.

In the second set, the Griffins rattled off a 9-4 lead on Josh Farley's kill. They stretched it out to 18-10 and seemed to be in control, however, the Duhawks stormed back with a 12-6 run to make it a 24-22 contest. That'd be as close as they'd get, though with Klusman finishing off the set with a kill.

In the third, the two teams were all square at 12-12. Fontbonne went on a 5-0 run as a solo block from Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell gave them a 17-12 lead. They never looked back the rest of the way en route to the 25-20 set and match win.

Inside The Numbers

  • Fontbonne totaled 39 kills and a .294 hitting percentage.
  • Loras had 40 kills and a .198 hitting percentage.
  • The Duhawks had its struggles from the service line with 15 errors.

Fontbonne Leaders

  • Klusman led with a team-high 11 kills and .308 hitting percentage.
  • Farley added 10 kills and a .217 hitting percentage.
  • Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell handed out 35 assists.
  • Zach Rothstein led defensively with 12 digs.

Loras Leaders

  • Jake Chudzik posted a match-high 12 kills and Mihajlo Gomez added 11.
  • Setter Alfredo Lopez finished with 34 assists.
  • Joe Berka concluded with a team-high six digs.

Up Next

  • The Griffins are back at it tomorrow afternoon when they'll take on Augustana on the road. Action begins at 3 p.m.

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