CINCINNATI – Junior Quin Krisik fell just one dig shy of a triple-double and the MSOE men's volleyball team defeated Nazareth in four sets, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, Friday evening at Mount St. Joseph.
The Raiders (6-1) registered 20 more kills than their opponent in downing the Golden Flyers (12-7) for their sixth-straight win.
Krisik tallied a career-high 10 kills on .529 attacking (10-1-17) to go with 43 assists and nine digs. He added a pair of service aces and three blocks. He was one of three MSOE players in double-figures, led by junior Bryan Hollan's double-double of 12 kills and 13 digs. Freshman Jake Christenson added 10 kills.
Zachary Gillard led Nazareth with 11 kills.
The Raiders hit .464 in taking the opening set, rattling off three-straight points as part of a 6-2 run to open an 11-6 lead. The advantage peaked at six points, 13-7, before Nazareth pulled within two points with a 4-0 run of its own. The difference would vary between two and three until back-to-back points made it 24-20. NC would fend off a pair of set points before a Krisik kill ended the frame.
The Golden Flyers evened the match with a win in game two, opening up a six-point lead it carried for much of the period. The score was 21-15 when MSOE made it interesting, rattling off a 6-1 run to make it 22-21 before conceding three-straight points.
An early 10-2 run put the Raiders in the driver seat in the third set and they never looked back. They led by as many as nine and was not really threatened.
Nazareth looked like it would once again pull even in the match, getting out to an 8-2 lead in the fourth game. MSOE still trailed by six at 18-12 when it scored five-straight points to get back into contention at 18-17. NC took a 22-20 lead when three-straight errors sent the Red & White into the lead. Junior Logan Baerenwald followed with a kill and, after NC pulled a point back to make it 24-23, junior Neil Naughton registered a kill to secure the match.
The Raiders finished the night hitting .203 in the match while the Golden Flyers finished at just .112. Aces were at a premium, as the Red & White had just a 3-2 advantage.
MSOE continues its Ohio road trip with a pair of matches at Wittenberg Saturday. The team plays the host Tigers at 11 a.m., immediately followed by a match against Cal Lutheran.