Men’s Volleyball Takes Down #15 UCSC, Aurora in Four-Set Thrillers

Men’s Volleyball Takes Down #15 UCSC, Aurora in Four-Set Thrillers

MILWAUKEE – Junior Danny Martens set a school record for digs in a match and senior Quin Krisik became the MSOE men's volleyball team's all-time leader in career aces in a sweep of matches against Aurora and No. 15 UC Santa Cruz Saturday at Hotchkin Arena.

The 13th-ranked Raiders (7-3, 2-1 NACC) opened with a 25-11, 21-25, 25-20, 25-15 league win over Spartans (1-6, 1-1 NACC) in the early afternoon. Then, that night, they came back against the Banana Slugs (7-10) and prevailed in four

In the opener, Martens finished with 28 digs over the four sets to eclipse the school record of 25 digs in a match. Meanwhile, Krisik's service ace in the second set broke the program mark he had tied on Friday night. The setter finished with 42 assists to go with nine kills on 16 attacks (.562) in the match.

Freshman Ben Pung led the offense with 17 kills against just two errors in 29 attacks for a .517 hitting percentage. He added three aces and 10 digs in the match. Freshman Austyn Bella finished with 10 kills.

Tim Breiter led the Spartans with 11 kills in the match and Brandon Langys tallied eight.

MSOE opened and finished its early match emphatically. The Red & White jumped out to a 9-1 lead and never looked back, hitting .423 (14-3-26) in the frame. Aurora bounced back to take the second set before the Raiders pulled away late in set three for a 2-1 lead. In the decisive fourth game, they closed out on a 12-4 run to claim the match.

The Raiders hit .292 against AU while limiting the visitors to just .033 attacking.

Krisik was dominant against UCSC, leading the way with 14 kills on .458 attacking, 43 assists, six aces, seven digs, and four blocks (one solo).

Krisik headlines a strong all-around team effort, as junior Jake Christensen finished with 13 kills and three service aces, freshman Ben Pung notched 13 kills and seven digs, and freshman Jacob Sirney added nine kills on .467 attacking.

MSOE hit .314 in the match and tallied 12 service aces. The Banana Slugs hit .262 on the night with just two aces. Raymond Cascio led the team with 16 kills on .652 hitting, not registering an error until his 21st swing of the night.

The Red & White got off to a strong start, hitting .522 in taking the opening set with 13 kills and just one error. After a rough second game allowed UC Santa Cruz back into the match, MSOE hit .400 and .378 over the next two frames to put the match away.

The Raiders return to the court next Friday at nationally-ranked Dominican.

 

 

 

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