LISLE, Ill. – The No. 14-ranked MSOE men's volleyball team kept rolling by hitting .392 to sweep past Benedictine 25-17, 25-17, 30-28 Sunday afternoon at the Rice Center.
The Raiders (11-4, 8-0 MCVL) won for the 11th time in 12 matches and remained perfect in league play with their seventh sweep of the league slate.
Junior Scott Boyk led the charge with 13 kills against just two errors for a .524 attack percentage. Sophomore Bryant Holland had nine kills and sophomore Sam Stealey had eight, while sophomore Neil Naughton finished with seven kills in just eight attacks.
Sophomore Quin Krisik assisted on 41 of MSOE's 42 kills in the match, adding four service aces.
Sterling Glover and Kacper Mazurek led the Eagles (12-7, 6-2 MCVL) with seven kills each.
The Raiders came out of the gates firing, hitting .476 in the opening game. They trailed 4-3 early, but rattled off six-straight points to take a 9-4 lead and never looked back. A 6-1 run gave the Red & White its largest lead of the frame at 18-9 and BenU did not pull any closer than six points.
It was a similar script in the second set, as MSOE broke an 8-8 tie with a 6-1 run. Then, it later had a 4-1 stretch to jump out to a 23-15 advantage. The Raiders hit .412 in the frame.
As the score was suggest, the match's marathon third set was tight. The visitors jumped ahead early, scoring five of the first six points, and led 15-9 before Benedictine raced into the lead. The Eagles responded with a 12-4 run to seize a 21-19 lead. They still led by two with the first of their six set-point opportunities. The Raiders staved off the home team each time and after facing a 28-27 set point, they closed out the match with three-straight Boyk kills.
In the final game, MSOE hit .341 on 41 attacks with 20 kills. For the match, it topped a .300 attack percentage for the eighth time in 10 matches. Defensively, the Red & White limited BenU to .111 attacking, with a first-set .158 as a high watermark for the home team. Sophomore Ben Clarke finished with eight total blocks and Boyk had six in the match.
The Raiders take a break from league play when they return to action Tuesday, hosting Cardinal Stritch.