LOCATION: Dubuque, IA & Rock Island, Ill.
THE BASICS: The Lions started off conference play with a bang. The Lions quickly defeated both Loras College and Augustana University in three straight sets to start conference play 2-0.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
MSJ vs Loras
In the Lions first day of competition they faced the Loras College Duhawks. The Lions earned a quick lead but the Duhawks battled back early in the first set. After back and forth points the Lions were able to break away after multiple errors by Loras. The Mount was able to keep their lead late in the set and an ace by Darien Bradley (Las Vegas, NV / Arbor View) ended the set 25-20. The Lions continued their hot play into the second set to take yet another lead. The Lions wouldn't trail for the rest of the match, capitalizing on the Duhawks errors. A kill by Adam Williams (Chicago, IL / Mt. Carmel) gave the Lions the second set with a score of 25-20. The Lions were determined to finish the match strong and continued their aggressive play. The Duhawks wouldn't let up but the Lions defense would be too much. A Jason Hascher (Miamisburg, OH / Alter) kill would cap off the match for the Lions with a final score of 25-20.
MSJ vs. Augustana
In the second day of play the Lions took on the Augustana University Vikings. The Lions started off the set with a strong with a five point service run from Ben Holt (Cincinnati, OH / Roger Bacon). The Lions wouldn't look back as they would go on to take the first set 25-15 off of an Augustana service error. The Mount started the second set off slow, trading points with their opponents early in the set. The score was close until a three point service run from Andrew Chisholm (Cincinnati, OH / Oak Hills) gave the Lions the room they needed. The Lions would keep their lead into the final points and a kill from Bradley ended the second set 25-20. In the final set the Lions kept their foot on the gas and continued to serve aggressive to challenge their opponents. Another six point service run from Chisholm allowed the Lions to cruise to another quick 25-19 victory to take the match.
Hascher was the main offensive weapon for the Lions in the win against Loras, earning 12 kills. Andrew Chisholm ended with 7 kills against Augustana, hitting an outstanding .778. Nathan Herdeman (Cincinnati, OH / Elder) dished out 61 assist over the two match weekend.
The Lions continue their road trip with three matches this weekend at Hiram College. Check MSJsports.com for more updates on the Lions season!