KENOSHA, Wis. – Sophomore Bryant Holland had 18 kills and sophomore Neil Naughton hit .667 with 13 kills as the No. 13 MSOE men's volleyball team defeated Lakeland 25-15, 22-25, 25-21, 25-21, in the semifinals of the MCVL Tournament Friday afternoon at Tarble Arena.
The second-seeded Raiders (18-7) had nearly twice as many kills (63-32) as the No. 3 Muskies (17-9) and outscored them 78-44 in advancing to Saturday's title match against No. 1 Carthage, which swept No. 4 Dominican. The match starts at 2 p.m.
Holland hit a strong .368 in the match, but Naughton was even more efficient. He finished with 13 kills on just 18 attacks with one error in the match. Sophomore Quin Krisik directed the attack with 51 assists and added 11 digs and five kills.
Matt Stolz led Lakeland with 13 kills.
MSOE got off to a hot start, hitting .619 in taking the opening set. It opened the match on a 6-1 run and added a 6-2 stretch later to take a commanding 16-6 and never looked back. The Muskies came back to take set two, as the Red & White hit just .135 in the frame.
The Raiders got back on track in the third set, limiting LC to .062 attacking and bumping their open percentage to .231. Lakeland actually jumped out to a 13-7 lead, when they scored four-straight points to get back into the game. The deficit was 18-15 when MSOE overtook the Muskies with five-straight points to start a 10-3 streak to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
In the final and decisive set, the Red & White scored the first three points and never trailed. It built a lead as big as seven at 18-11. LC got as close as three points at 24-21, but a service error finished off the victory for the Raiders.
MSOE hit .293 on the night after a .333 clip in the final frame to take down the Lakeland in four sets for the second time this season. Lakeland finished the night hitting .135.
The Raiders set a school record with their 18th win this season and are making their first conference title match appearance since the 2010 Midwest-III Championship in which they swept past Carthage in three games.