Courtesy of Dominican University
PLYMOUTH, Wis. -- The Dominican University men's volleyball team closed out the 2018 regular season on Saturday afternoon, dominating the Lakeland University Muskies to secure the top seed in the 2018 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Tournament. The Stars, ranked seventh in this week's AVCA Men's Division III Top 15 Poll, close out the regular season with an overall record of 22-7, going 10-2 in the inaugural season of men's volleyball in the NACC.
"It feels really good to bounce back after difficult loss last night," said Dominican's Dan Pawlikowski shortly after his team secured the one-seed in the upcoming conference tournament. "It was great to see us come out focused in a crucial first set. We set the tone early and fought hard throughout the match against a quality opponent on their home court. I'm very proud of the group for earning a NACC Co-Championship and look forward to continuing our season in the post-season starting on Thursday."
The Stars, paced by Ethan Klosak's 11 kills, hit .397 in the winning effort. Jack McGuire ran the offense, collecting 31 assists in using five different attackers. Jake Sidner added nine kills while Luke Spicer and Adam Eboli knocked down eight and seven kills respectively.
Defensively, the Stars slowed the Lakeland offense to a crawl, holding the host Muskies to a .086 attack percentage with just 23 kills on 70 swings. At the net, Dominican posted eight total blocks. Eboli posted four block assists while Spicer and Timreck tallied three block assists apiece. In the back row, libero David DeMarco collected a team-high eight digs.
Dominican will sit idle during the opening round of the NACC Tournament on Tuesday, awaiting the winner of #5 Aurora at #4 Marian on Thursday night at the Igini Sports Forum. With a win, the Stars punch their ticket to the NACC Tournament Championship game, a match the Stars have earned the right to host as the top seed should Dominican get that far.