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Men's Volleyball Sweeps Season Series In Style Against Olivet

Men's Volleyball Sweeps Season Series In Style Against Olivet

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University men's volleyball team cruised to its third consecutive win and seventh overall after a straight set sweep (25-12, 25-13, 25-17) win over Olivet.

The Griffins (7-2; 2-0 MCVL), posted 43 kills and just 11 errors to tie its season-high in hitting percentage (.400). The team also compiled 39 assists, seven service aces and 34 digs in the victory.

Individually, Mark Klusman was unstoppable with a match-high 15 kills and .682 hitting percentage. Stephen Lendy contributed 11 kills, while Brendon Schwartze added seven and a .417 hitting percentage.

Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell handed out 24 assists, while Zach Rothstein was busy on the defensive side of the net with 18 digs.

Olivet (4-4; 0-2 MCVL), never found a rhythm against the Griffins defense finishing with 22 kills and a .108 hitting percentage. Trent Robinson led the Comets with seven kills, while setter Aaron Giorgi added 22 assists. Brock Pringle, meanwhile, ended with a team-high eight digs.  

In the first set, the Griffins took a 10-2 lead on a block assist from Emir Hadzisalihovic and Schwartze. After a Comets timeout, Fontbonne dominated the rest of the way and went on for the 25-12 win.

The Griffins totaled a match-high 16 kills and a .482 hitting percentage in the first set, while Olivet had five kills and six errors for a negative -.037 hitting percentage.

It was more of the same story in the second set as consecutive kills from Klusman gave Fontbonne a 6-0 lead. They stretched it out to 20-10 on Schwartze's kill and Braden Woolsey finished the set off with a kill of his own to give them a 25-13 victory.

In the third, it was back-and-forth play early but Fontbonne led 10-6 on Stephen Lendy's kill. Later, a block assist from Girogi and Trent Robinson narrowed the Comets deficit down to 16-14. However, the Griffins responded with a 7-0 run, allowing them to go on for the 25-17 set and match win.

The team returns to action on Tuesday night when they'll host Greenville. First-serve goes up at 7 p.m.

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