Benedictine Wins Regular Season #NACCmvb Title

Benedictine Wins Regular Season #NACCmvb Title

Release courtesy of Benedictine University athletics communications

LISLE, Ill. --- The #8 Benedictine men's volleyball team won their second straight Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference regular season title after beating #12 Milwaukee School of Engineering in four sets on Saturday afternoon in the Dan and Ada Rice Center.  
 
THE FINAL
Benedictine 3, MSOE 1 (25-17, 30-28, 23-25, 25-21)
 
THE DETAILS
• Benedictine celebrated the careers of the five seniors before the match: Jonathan ValentiniJosh MouaAdriel RivasKyle VanStedum and Jeff Spagnolo
• Despite missing five serves in the first set, Benedictine went on a 4-0 run on the serve of Chase Olson to take a 16-12 lead
• The Eagles tallied 14 kills and hit .600 for the 25-17 win
• In set two, BenU trailed for most of the set, finally tying it at 24 with an Elijah Medlock kill
• Nick Malak tallied three kills down the stretch to help the Eagles to a 30-28 win
• Set three only saw one lead change as MSOE led the entire set
• The Raiders hit .333 and Benedictine hit .429 but the Eagles had four costly service errors, falling 25-23
• Benedictine took an 8-6 lead after a Chase Olson solo block, giving BenU the momentum
• An Elijah Medlock kill gave BenU set point, but MSOE fought back, tallying four straight to come within three
• Benedictine would win the match on an MSOE error
• As a team, Benedictine had 57 kills (.354), 38 digs and 7.5 blocks
• Malak tallied a game, season and career high 23 kills with a .409 attack percentage
 
STAT LEADERS
KILLS: Malak (23), Medlock (18, .507)
ASSISTS: Joe Lock (48)
DIGS: Valentini (10), Medlock (9)
BLOCKS: VanStedum (2.5), Malak (2)
 
UP NEXT
Benedictine men's volleyball, now 22-3 on the year, are not able to compete in the NACC Tournament Championship. The Eagles will patiently wait to see if they will receive one of two at-large bids to the 2019 NCAA DIII Men's Volleyball Championship. The selection show will take place on Monday, April 15. More information will be available next week.