MILWAUKEE – Junior Logan Baerenwald tallied 16 kills on .481 attacking and the MSOE men's volleyball team picked up its first win over a ranked opponent of the season with a 25-14, 20-25, 25-16, 25-14 win over No. 12 Rivier Friday afternoon at the Kern Center.
The host Raiders (9-2) hit over .300 in each of the sets it won, including .440 with 12 kills against just one error in the fourth set, to beat the visiting Raiders (10-7).
Baerenwald had just one error in 27 attacks in the match and added eight digs and six blocks. Junior Quin Krisik had seven kills, 43 assists and 10 digs in the match and junior Neil Naughton chipped in seven kills.
Ian Wolski led Rivier with 11 kills and Grant Adler tallied nine. Both players had 10 kills.
While the offense was clicking, MSOE's defense was also stout. It limited the visitors to .100 hitting or worse in each of those sets and -.054 in the fourth set.
In the opening set, the Red & White pulled away around the midway point to take an 18-11 lead. The team then closed out the frame with the final five points to take a 1-0 lead.
Rivier rebounded to win game two and pull even in the match.
The visitors then jumped out to an early 6-4 lead in the third when MSOE rattled off nine-straight points to take a 13-6 lead. The visitors would be able to pull within four points on several occasions but the Red & White finished off the period with five of the last six points.
In the fourth game, MSOE blew open a 5-5 tie with an extended 11-3 run to make it 16-8. The team had six kills and three blocks in the run as it was clicking on both sides of the ball throughout the set. A 6-1 run later on pushed the lead to 23-12 before a kill by Naugthon, followed by a block from Krisik and sophomore Brian Jones closed out the match.
The home team hit .282 for the match and held Rivier to just .057, out-killing its opponent 50-36. MSOE also reached double-digits in total blocks for the second time this season with 13.
The Red & White returns to the court later in the day, hosting Loras at 7 p.m.