#13 Men's Volleyball Sweeps Past BenU For 20th Win

#13 Men's Volleyball Sweeps Past BenU For 20th Win

MILWAUKEE – The No. 13 MSOE men's volleyball team tallied 46 kills over three sets in sweeping past Benedictine, 25-18, 25-23, 25-19 for its 20th win of the season Friday evening at the Kern Center.

The Raiders (20-3, 16-2 MCVL) reached 20 wins for the first time in program history at the expense of the Eagles (11-12, 10-8 MCVL).

Junior Sam Stealey led the way with 13 kills, including seven in the second set, and hit .409 or the match. Junior Logan Baerenwald had seven kills in the first set on his way to 12 for the night.

Kyle Vanstedum led Benedictine with eight kills.

The first game featured 11 ties in the opening points when MSOE broke a 12-12 tie with a modest 4-1 run to take a 16-3 lead. They traded single points until the late stages when each team rattled off three-straight points to make it 20-18. The Red & White then closed out the frame with five-straight points.

Benedictine got the upper hand early in the second game, playing from ahead after a 3-0 run and a pair of back-to-back points. The visitors later scored four-straight points to open a late 17-12 lead. The Raiders responded with three-straight points but still trailed late at 22-19. That's when MSOE scored the next four points to take the lead at 23-22. After BenU tied it, the Raiders finished off the set with back-to-back points.

Three-straight points for the Eagles gave them a brief lead at 9-7 in the third period. MSOE then scored the next six points for a 13-9 advantage. Benedictine would cut that deficit to one, coming back with three-straight points to make it 13-12. The Raiders responded, once again, this time with a 7-2 run to pull away at 20-14. The visitors had one more 3-0 run in them to pull within 20-17 but the Red & White scored the next two points and, after the teams traded points, ended the match with back-to-back points.

MSOE hit .269 for the match, working around 10.5 BenU blocks. Meanwhile, the Red & White limited the visitors to .093 attacking. That included a set-best hitting percentage of just .154 in the second.

The Raiders close out the regular season Saturday, hosting No. 12 Dominican.