MILWAUKEE – Sophomore Neil Naughton continued his hot hitting with 12 kills on 15 attacks to pace the No. 15 MSOE men's volleyball team to .364 attacking in a 25-20, 25-22, 26-24 victory over North Central Friday evening at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (8-4, 5-0 MCVL) faced their stiffest test of the early league schedule in the Cardinals (2-9, 1-3 MCVL), but their efficient offense proved too much for the first-year program.
Naughton pushed his streak of kills without an error to 26-straight before committing his first attack error in over a week. He finished the night with just the one error and hit .733. Over his last five games, he's hitting at a .700 clip with 44 kills, just two errors on 60 attacks.
Junior Scott Boyk and sophomore Bryant Holland also put together strong attacking nights, finishing with nine kills and just one error each. Boyk's efforts came on just 15 attacks as he hit .533, while Holland had 19 attacks for a .421 percentage.
The opening set was back in forth with neither team pulling away until MSOE rattled off four-straight points for a 20-17 lead. A 3-0 run shortly thereafter made it 24-19 and Stealey finished off the set with a kill.
The score was 20-20 before the Raiders got all the breathing room they needed with a 3-0 run to pull ahead 23-20. The teams then traded points until a Naughton kill put the Red & White ahead 2-0 in the match.
MSOE played from ahead for much of the third set, building a lead by as many as five at 17-12. The Cardinals rallied and overtook the home team with a 6-1 run to pull in the lead, 22-20. The Red & White pulled back three-straight points, but NCC notched back-to-back points to play for a set point at 24-23. The Raiders staved off set point and closed out the match with three-straight points. Naughton capped the victory with his 12th kill.
MSOE hit over .300 for the sixth time in seven matches, finishing with 45 kills against just 13 errors. North Central was limited to .110 hitting on the night.
The Raiders have a week off before returning to the court Feb. 26 at Loras.