MILWAUKEE – Junior Ed Krupski finished with a match-high 10 kills to lead the No. 10 MSOE men's volleyball team to a 25-21, 25-18, 25-12 sweep of Illinois Tech Thursday night at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (13-4) swept aside the Scarlet Hawks (0-15) for their eighth-straight win and their 13th win in 14 matches.
Kyle Bumpass led Illinois Tech with six kills.
Playing a first-year program, the Raiders opted to shuffle the lineup, but the outcome was the same. It was, however, a tight opening set. MSOE took the lead for good early and played from the front while slowly pulling away. IIT did score three-straight points to pull within 22-21, but the Red & White responded with three-straight points to close out the set.
The Scarlet Hawks led throughout the first half of set two, but the Raiders used an 8-1 run to overcome a 12-11 deficit for a 19-13 lead. MSOE took a 2-0 lead in the match with the final three points.
The Raiders jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the final set and never looked back. They pushed their lead to 11-5 with a 5-1 run and finished the match on a 12-4 run.
MSOE played just one starter from Tuesday's match with Cardinal Stritch, with sophomore Quin Krisik playing the opening game. The attack steadily improved throughout the match, culminating with a .619 third set in which the Raiders had 13 kills in 21 attacks with no errors.
The Red & White hit .316 for the match, while limiting the Scarlet Hawks to -.026 on the night. The visitors' hit percentage was in the negative in each of the first two sets before they finished with a .000 percentage in the final period.
The Raiders are back in action with a pair of non-league matches at home Sunday. They will take on No. 8 Stevenson, followed by No. 15 NYU.