Krupski Paces #10 Raiders in Sweep of Illinois Tech

Krupski Paces #10 Raiders in Sweep of Illinois Tech

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.

Senior Sean Donovan had eight kills, junior Joe Humpal seven and sophomore Caleb Schober six. Sophomore Andrew Miller set the final two sets and finished with 22 assists on the night.

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.

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