SIENA HEIGHTS, Mich.—The Fontbonne University men's volleyball team opened its 2018 campaign in dominant fashion as they defeated Adrian in straight sets (25-18, 25-19, 25-17).
The Griffins (1-0), found plenty of success on both sides of the net. The team accumulated 42 kills, a .312 hitting percentage, 37 assists, 42 digs and 14 block assists.
Individually, Brendon Schwartze, had himself an opener with a match-high 11 kills, a .429 hitting percentage and a career-high 15 digs. TJ Vorva also performed well with nine kills and a .412 hitting percentage, while Josh Farley debuted with seven kills and a .500 hitting percentage.
Jacob Lendy dished out a team-high 22 assists, while on the defensive side of the net, Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell and Zach Rothstein added nine and eight digs respectively. Emir Hadzisalihovic, meanwhile, led with six block assists.
Attack errors were a continuous problem for Adrian (0-3) on the night as its highest hitting percentage was .103. Overall, the Bulldogs accounted for 29 kills and 23 errors for a .060 hitting percentage.
Noah Marcinkowski totaled a team-high 10 kills, while Joseph Campana handed out a match-high 23 assists.
In the first set, the Griffins opened with a 10-5 lead on Farley's kill. The Bulldogs, though responded with a 7-3 run to cut it down to 13-12 on Avery Johnson's kill.
The back-and-forth play continued as the set wore on, but the Griffins still led 20-17 on Hadzisalihovic's kill. From there, the Griffins closed out on a 5-1 run, taking the opening set, 25-18.
It was an impressive first set for Fontbonne, totaling a match-high 15 kills. Adrian, however, was limited to nine kills and eight errors for a mere .026 hitting percentage.
Success for the Griffins carried over into the second. The team jumped out to a 12-6 lead on Stephen Lendy's service ace. They stretched its advantage out to 18-10 on Farley's kill and despite a late rally from the Bulldogs to make it 23-19, Vorva's kill and a Bulldogs attack error secured the 25-19 second set win.
In the third, the two teams went point-for-point early but the Griffins gained some breathing room at 10-7 on Jacob Lendy's service ace. The team maintained its marginal lead at 16-13, then went on a 7-1 run, capped off by Vorva's kill to give them a commanding 23-14 advantage.
That lead proved to be more than enough for the Griffins to go on for the 25-17 win on Vorva's ninth and final kill on the night. Fontbonne closed out the outing with 13 kills in the third and a match-high .407 hitting percentage.
The team jumps back into play tomorrow afternoon against Olivet (3-0). First-serve goes up at 1 p.m., CT.
Fans make sure to stay updated on fontbonnegriffins.com throughout the year for full updates and recaps on the men's volleyball team.