UPDATE: MSOE forfeited both matches due to use of an ineligible student-athlete
MILWAUKEE - Juniors Scott Boyk, Joe Humpal and sophomore Bryant Holland each posted two double-digit kill performances as the MSOE men's volleyball team opened the 2016 with four-set victories over Marian and Benedictine Tuesday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (2-0) started the day with a 25-22, 25-13, 23-25, 25-21 victory over the Sabres (0-2). Then, they came back in the night's final match to down Benedictine (1-1) 25-20, 20-25, 25-20, 25-18.
Holland led the way in the opener with 17 kills, while Scott Boyk had 16 and Humpal 11. MSOE hit .318 in opening the season with a over Marian. Holland attacked at a .469 clip with just two errors in 32 attacks. Sophomore Quin Krisik was also in fine form, totaling 51 assists, 10 digs and three blocks in the match.
Aaron Wendels led the Sabres with 19 kills in the match and Jon Smallpage added 11.
The Raiders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the match, overcoming an early deficit in set one. MU led 12-8 after a 5-0 run, but the Raiders responded with a 3-0 run to pull within one and a late 4-0 stretch gave them a 22-20 lead. They'd score the final two points of the period for the win. The Red & White never trailed in the second frame, scoring the first three points and gradually pulling away. It led 15-7 after a 7-1 run midway through the period and scored the final five points to win going away.
The Sabres battled back to claim the third set and played from the lead early in the fourth. The Raiders scored five-straight points to take a 17-15 lead and never looked back to claim the match.
MU was limited to .150 attacking in the match, hitting above .200 in just one frame. Meanwhile, the Raiders did not hit lower than .241 in a frame and attacked at a .483 clip in the second set and .324 in the fourth.
Against BenU, Humpal and Holland each posted double-doubles. Humpal had 15 kills and 11 digs, while Holland had 10 kills and 11 digs. Boyk notched 13 kills in the match. Krisik had another outstanding match with 43 assists, 12 digs and five service aces.
In the night cap, each of the sets were tight with brief runs either way proving the difference in each set. An early 4-0 run gave the Raiders a 7-4 lead in the opening set and they never looked back. They played from ahead the rest of the set and never led BenU get back into contention.
The Eagles won the second set, before the Red & White came back for the third set and a 2-1 match lead. Two 4-0 runs for MSOE in the frame proved to be the difference in an otherwise tight third set. In the fourth and final set, the Raiders broke a 6-6 tie with five-straight points and closed out the match on a 3-1 run to cap the sweep of the day.
The Raiders have a week off before returning to action on the road at Cardinal Stritch.