MILWAUKEE – Sophomore Sam Stealey had 19 kills and 12 digs as the 15th-ranked MSOE men's volleyball team overcame a 2-1 deficit to defeat No. 12 Mount St. Joseph 20-25, 25-15, 17-25, 25-23, 15-10 Saturday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The Raiders (17-7, 12-1 MCVL) downed the Lions (18-8, 9-4 MCVL) for their school-record tying 17th win of the season.
Stealey hit .318 in posting a double-double for MSOE. He added a pair of service aces and four blocks in the match. Junior Scott Boyk finished with 10 kills as four more players scored at least five kills. Sophomore Quin Krisik finished with 50 assists, five kills and nine digs.
Senior Josh Daugherty led the defensive efforts with 19 digs, tied for the fifth-most in a match in school history. Freshman Brian Jones had a team-best six block assists on the day.
Kevin Siemer led MSJ with 11 kills and 16 digs. Darien Bradley had 10 kills and 12 digs.
The Raiders overcame a 2-1 deficit in the match, taking the fourth set to force a tie-breaking fifth. Once there, they hit .417 and never trailed in prevailing in the match. MSOE opened with an 8-3 run and, after three-straight MSJ points later made it 11-8, scored back-to-back points to maintain some breathing room and close out the match.
A 6-1 run midway through the opening game gave Mount St. Joseph the advantage as it took a 1-0 lead. The Red & White came back with a decisive 8-3 lead at a similar point in set two and closed out the frame with the final seven points to even the match.
MSJ pulled ahead again with a win in the fourth set to put the Raiders on the ropes, 2-1.
In the fourth game, MSOE staved off defeat with several three or four-point runs to play from ahead. It held off the Lions down the stretch and, after the visitors dodged back-to-back set points, sophomore Bryant Holland's kill forced the fifth set.
The Raiders hit just .153 for the match, but had 63 kills against the Lions' 43. The visitors, on the other hand, hit just .143.
MSOE returns to action in the opening match of the MCVL Tournament Friday at Carthage. he Raiders are the No. 2 seed and will take on No. 3 Lakeland at a time to be determined.