MILWAUKEE – The No. 10 MSOE men's volleyball team dropped a pair of four-set matches to ranked foes No. 7 Stevenson and No. 15 New York Sunday morning at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (13-5) saw their eight-match winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Mustangs (19-6) in a hard-fought 27-25, 25-23, 14-25, 26-24 match. They then ran out of steam against the Violets (10-10) in a 25-16, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20 defeat.
Three players had double-digit kills for MSOE in the first match, led by junior Scott Boyk and sophomore Bryant Holland with 15 apiece. Sophomore Neil Naughton added 13 on .526 attacking. Sophomore Quin Krisik finished with 55 assists in the match with 11 digs and six kills.
Michael Fehrs had 12 kills for Stevenson.
The three sets Stevenson won were tight throughout with 48 combined ties. In the first game, MSOE staved off a set point at 24-23 with back-to-back points, but the Mustangs came back with three-straight scores to take a lead in the match. The second set was ties at 22-22 when SU scored back-to-back points and, after the Red & White dodged a set point, closed out the set.
The Raiders came out swinging in winning the third set. They scored the first four points and never trailed. A 7-2 run opened a 17-11 lead for MSOE. It then rattled off six-straight points on its way to scoring seven of the last eight points in a 25-14 win.
In the final frame, Stevenson scored four-straight points to overtake the Raiders for a 23-21 lead. The Red & White came back with two points to tie it at 23-23. It was 24-24 when the visitors scored the final two points and took the match.
The Raiders hit .228 for the match with 23 more kills (66-43) and 16 more digs (65-49). They also limited the Mustangs to their second-worst hitting percentage of the season at .159. They had been among the leaders in the nation with a .308 attack percentage entering the day.
Boyk led the charge in the second match of the day with a career-best 23 kills. He had just five errors in 40 attacks for a .450 hitting percentage. Holland had 14 kills and sophomore Sam Stealey finished with 11. Krisik tallied 49 more assists with 13 digs.
NYU put three players in double-digits, led by Chase Klein's 15 kills. Colin LaPorte tallied 13 with 10 digs and Nick Benson had 12 and 10.
After a tough first match, the Raiders got off to a sluggish start in the opening game with the Violets, as the visitors hit .450 in claiming the opener. MSOE would rebound with a strong showing in the second set, using an 8-1 run to take control of the set after playing from behind early. It then evened the match with the final three points.
The third set was back and forth, with New York getting the upper had with a late 4-0 run. The Violets then took the match after seizing control of the fourth set with an early run of six-straight points. The Raiders could not catch up down the stretch, especially after a 3-0 run made it 18-12.
MSOE hit just .176 in the match, while NYU finished the match at .288.
The Raiders return to league play its next time out, March 18 at Lakeland.