SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The MSOE men's volleyball team pushed its winning streak to eight-straight matches with a pair of victories over Wittenberg and Cal Lutheran Saturday at the Pam Evans Smith Center.
The Raiders (8-1) opened the day with a comeback win over the host-Tigers, 36-34, 22-25, 17-25, 25-20, 15-10. They then came back for a hard-fought sweep of the Kingsmen, 26-24, 25-23, 25-22.
Eighteen hours after flirting with a triple-double against Nazareth Friday and falling just one dig shy, Krisik was back at it with eight kills, 52 assists and 17 digs in the opener vs. WU. Senior Scott Boyk led the charge with 19 kills and junior Sam Stealey added 10 to go with four aces and seven digs.
Wittenberg was led by Dylan Kolovitz's 16 kills, as Joel Sotos was the next-highest attacker with nine.
The match with the Tigers got off to a telling start, as there were 11 set points in the opening game, foreshadowing a long match. MSOE led 24-22 when the home team scored back-to-back points to force extra time. During the extra points, the Raiders fended off six-straight set points before overtaking WU in the end.
Wittenberg did come back to take the next two sets to put the Red & White on the ropes in the fourth game. An early six-point run for the Tigers gave them an early advantage, but the Raiders fought back. They tied the game on a couple of occasions before a late 7-1 run made it 24-19. Two points later, the match was tied at 2-2.
In the decisive fifth set, MSOE hit .533 without an error in closing out the match. A four-point run broke a 4-4 tie and provided all of the breathing room the Red & White would need to play with in closing out the match.
Despite it being a sweep, the second match was hardly easy as the tight scores would indicate.
In the first set, MSOE jumped out ahead early with a 12-7 lead. CLU was able to close the gap and tied the game at 16-16. The Red & White pulled away again, this time by three points, but its opponents came back to tie the score late at 23-23. The score was tied again at 24-24 when Boyk got a kill and teamed on a block to finish the set.
The Raiders played from ahead in set two, never trailing and leading by as many four before the Kingsmen tied the score for the last time at 21-21. MSOE answered with back-to-back points and traded scores until it took the set and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The final set was another tight one, with Cal Lutheran taking the lead on multiple occasions. Its last advantage came at 18-17 when the Raiders rattled off five-straight points to take control late at 22-18. MSOE was servicing for the match at 24-20 when CLU staved off a pair of match points before junior Logan Baerenwald secured the win with a kill.
Baerenwald finished with a double-double of 15 kills and 11 digs to lead the Raiders. Boyk shared match-high scoring honors with 15 kills of his own.
Patrick Rowe was Cal Lutheran's top scorer with nine kills.