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Griffins Cruise To Straight Set Wins Over The Sabercats And Falcons

Griffins Cruise To Straight Set Wins Over The Sabercats And Falcons

MEQUON, Wis.—The Fontbonne University men's volleyball team improved to 4-0 on the year with straight set sweeps over Maranatha Baptist (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) and Concordia University-Wisconsin (25-14, 25-12, 25-15).

Fontbonne 3 Maranatha Baptist 0

The Griffins (4-0), opened the evening with a sweep over Maranatha Baptist (2-5). The team continues to set new season-high marks each match. Against the Sabercats, Fontbonne posted new season-high totals in kills (47) and assists (46), while owning a .347 hitting percentage.

Individually, freshman Braden Woolsey paced the Griffins with his career-high 10 kills and .714 hitting percentage in just two sets.

Brendon Schwartze posted nine kills and a .538 hitting percentage, while TJ Vorva concluded with six kills and a .600 hitting percentage. Jacob Lendy handed out 21 assists and led them on the defensive side of the net with seven digs.

The Sabercats, though never got into a rhythm against the Griffins. The team finished with 15 kills and 14 errors for a mere .013 hitting percentage.

Derek Wallis led with his team-high seven kills. Matt Wetzel finished with nine assists, while Joel Depue contributed a team-high seven digs.

In the first set, the Griffins opened with a quick 5-0 run on Vorva's kill. Later, the team led 12-9 and expanded on its lead out to 16-9 after a Sabercats attack error. They continued rolling from there as Schwartze's kill gave them a comfortable 23-12 advantage.

Despite a late charge from MBU, Stephen Lendy ended the set with a kill, giving them the 25-19 win. Fontbonne totaled 15 kills and a .281 hitting percentage in the first set, while the Sabercats were held to a .062 hitting percentage.

In the second set, the Griffins carried over its momentum from the opening set win and took an 11-6 lead on Jacob Lendy's service ace.

It was all Fontbonne from there as kills from Vorva and Kolin Scharnhorst (two), gave them a commanding 19-7 lead. They were able to close out MBU and go on for the 25-15 victory. The Griffins posted an impressive match-high 17 kills and a .412 hitting percentage in the second frame.

After leading 9-5 in the third set, kills from Schwartze, Woolsey (two) and a service ace from Mark Klusman put Fontbonne in control at 13-5. From then on, the team never relinquished the lead and cruised to the 25-17 set and match win.

Fontbonne 3 Concordia-Wisconsin 0

The Griffins success continued against the Falcons (0-10) in the night cap. The team ended the night with 43 kills, a season-high .400 hitting percentage, 38 assists and 26 digs.

Mark Klusman led Fontbonne with seven kills and a match-high .600 hitting percentage. Stephen Lendy posted six kills and six digs, while Kolin Scharnhorst, Nate Paasch and Schwartze compiled five kills each.

At the setter position, Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell led with a season-high 23 assists and Zach Rothstein ended with a match-high nine digs.

The Falcons had its struggles on the offensive side of the net against Fontbonne. The team rounded out the outing with 18 kills and 19 errors for a negative hitting percentage of -.015. Sam Rovik slammed home a match-high nine kills.

In the first set, the Griffins grabbed a 10-5 lead on Tony Pitaro's kill. Later, Stephen Lendy's kill opened the lead out to 16-10 and they went on to outscore the Falcons 9-4, earning the 25-14 first set win.

It was all Griffins in the second set as Scharnhorst's kill gave them a 10-4 advantage. The Falcons narrowed it down to 11-7 on Blake Schwandt's kill, however, that'd be as close as they'd get with the Griffins dominating the rest of the way for the 25-12 victory.

Fontbonne totaled a match-high 17 kills and a .448 hitting percentage in the second set, compared to CUW's three kills and five errors for a -.118 hitting percentage.

After back-and-forth play to start the third, the Griffins gained some breathing room at 11-7 on a Falcons attack error. Then, the team went on an 8-2 run to take a 19-9 lead on three straight kills from Paasch, and that was more than enough for Fontbonne to go on for the 25-15 set and match win.

The team jumps right back into action tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m., against Lakeland.

Fans make sure to stay updated on tomorrow night for a full recap and score.