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Griffins Set Program Record In Wins, Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell Reaches 2,000 Career Assists

Photo credit: Anthony LaRocca
Photo credit: Anthony LaRocca

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The (RV) Fontbonne University men's volleyball team set a program record in wins on Friday night with its 20th victory on the year as the Griffins swept past Trine. Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell also became the first player in program history to reach the 2,000-assist mark in his career. Prior to the game, the Griffins honored its four seniors, Josh Farley, Emir Hadzisalihovic, Brendon Schwartze and TJ Vorva.

Score: Fontbonne 3, Trine 0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-15)

Location: St. Louis, Mo. (DSAC)

Records: Fontbonne 20-2 (4-2 MCVL), Trine 6-20 (0-6 MCVL)

How It Happened

In the first set, the Griffins jumped out to a commanding 15-5 lead on a Thunder attack error. The team cruised on the rest of the way en route to the 25-12 win. Fontbonne set a match-high in the first with 16 kills and a .481 hitting percentage.

Its success carried over into the second set with Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell's kill giving the Griffins an 11-8 lead. The Thunder trimmed it down to 17-15 on a Griffins service error, but a quick 4-0 run gave Fontbonne some breathing room at 21-15.

Later in the set, the Thunder made it a 24-19 game after going a 3-0 run, though Fontbonne finished the set off on Emir Hadzisalihovic's kill for the 25-19 set win.

The Thunder grabbed the early lead in the third, but a 5-0 run by Fontbonne put them back out in front 13-10 on TJ Vorva's kill. The team stretched its advantage out to 22-13 and never looked back for the 25-15 set and match win.

Inside The Numbers

  • Fontbonne ended with 40 kills, a .312 hitting percentage, 39 assists, and 31 digs in the win.
  • The Thunder ended with 23 kills, a .052 hitting percentage and just 17 digs.

Fontbonne Leaders

  • Schwartze led with a season-high 12 kills and .472 hitting percentage.
  • Vorva registered nine kills for the second straight game and a .250 hitting percentage.
  • Hadzisalihovic totaled seven kills and a .545 hitting percentage.
  • Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell contributed his seventh double-double on the year with 32 assists and 12 digs.

Trine Leaders

  • Kyle Dixon and Eric Santiago-Garcia led with seven kills.
  • Setter Hunter Monday handed out 20 assists.

Up Next

  • The Griffins are back in action tomorrow afternoon in its regular season finale at home against Mount St. Joseph. First-service at 1 p.m.

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