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Griffins Sweep Past Greenville In Home Opener

Photo credit: Anthony LaRocca
Photo credit: Anthony LaRocca

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University men's volleyball team treated its home fans to a straight set sweep over Greenville on Tuesday to extend its winning streak out to nine.

Score: Fontbonne 3, Greenville 0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-19)

Where: St. Louis, Mo. (DSAC)

Records: Fontbonne (9-0), Greenville (4-5)

How It Happened

In the first set, the Griffins opened with a commanding 15-9 lead after a kill from Brendon Schwartze. From there, the Griffins dominated the rest of the way en route to the 25-15 win on a Panthers service error.

The momentum carried over into the second set with Fontbonne jumping out to a 15-3 lead on a block from Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell. With the team totaling 12 kills and a .500 hitting percentage and Greenville hitting .000 for the second straight set, the Griffins went on for the 25-11 win.

In the third, the Griffins saved its best for last with a match-high 16 kills and a .519 hitting percentage. The Panthers jumped out to an 8-7 lead on a kill from Johnny Milabu. Fontbonne, though answered with a 6-0 run on a kill from Mark Klusman.

Greenville trimmed it down to 17-15, but that'd be as close as they'd get with Fontbonne cruising to the 25-19 set and match win.

Inside The Numbers

  • Fontbonne posted 40 kills and limited themselves to a season-low seven errors for a season-high .452 hitting percentage.
  • The Griffins totaled six service aces and six blocks.
  • The teams eight block assists makes it the third time that's happened in the last four games.
  • Greenville was held to a .069 hitting percentage, committed seven service errors, and six reception errors.

 

Individual Leaders

  • Mark Klusman led with a match-high 10 kills and a season-high. 381 hitting percentage. He tied his season-high with eight digs. Klusman got it done at the service line with four service aces.
  • Emir Hadzisalihovic tied his season-high with eight kills. He didn't commit an error for the second straight game and fifth time this year.
  • Braden Woolsey and Josh Farley tied Hadzisalihovic with eight kills.
  • Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell handed out 35 assists and tied Klusman with eight digs.

 

Up Next

  • The Griffins hit the road on Saturday for an outing against Concordia Wisconsin. First-service at 12 p.m.

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