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#11 Men's Volleyball Can't Hold on in Season Opener

#11 Men's Volleyball Can't Hold on in Season Opener

MILWAUKEE – Four different players tallied at least 12 kills, but it was not enough as the No. 11-ranked MSOE men's volleyball team fell to Cardinal Stritch in five sets in its first match of 2017 Friday evening at Panella Court.

The Raiders (0-1) had taken a 2-1 lead in the match, but couldn't hold on against the Wolves (2-0) in falling, 25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-11.

Junior Bryant Holland had a team-high 16 kills for MSOE, followed by 14 kills, 10 digs and five service aces from freshman Jake Christensen in his collegiate debut. Junior Neil Naughton hit .526 on his way to 12 kills and senior Scott Boyk also had 12 kills.

Junior Quin Krisik directed the offense with 62 assists, which is the fourth-most in a match in program history and his second career 60-assist match. He also had a match-best 15 digs.

Joao Neto Sales was the lone player in double-figure kills for Stritch, adding 11 digs.

The Raiders finished with 25 more kills in the match, 70-45, and had 11 aces as a team. Unfortunately, they also committed three times as many attacking errors (30-10) and finished with 25 service errors.  The home team only held a slight .273 to .240 advantage on the night, but was able to ride that to victory.

CSU used a 9-2 run early in the first set to take an early lead and never looked back in taking an early lead in the match. MSOE responded by jumping out to a 7-2 lead in game two and never looking back. The Red & White then broke an 8-8 tie with four-straight points and closed the frame with a 5-1 run to win the third game and take a 2-1 lead.

Stritch fended off the Raiders to take the fourth set in extra points, despite the visitors fending off a 23-21 deficit. It then broke a 5-5 tie in the decisive fifth set with four-straight points for a lead it would not relinquish.

MSOE returns to the floor Feb. 2 against North Central in its first MCVL match of the season.