No. 8 Saints fall in trimatch at No. 3 Stevens

No. 8 Saints fall in trimatch at No. 3 Stevens

HOBOKEN, N.J.— The No. 8 Marymount (Va.) University men's volleyball squad dropped two matches to round out regular-season play on Saturday afternoon. The blue and white in match one to Southern Virginia University, 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-22), and later fell to No. 3 Stevens Institute of Technology in three sets, 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 29-27). 

Marymount vs. Southern Virginia

MU trailed SVU early in set one, 6-3. Junior TJ Wiechecki posted a kill, followed by a service ace by freshman Sam Safley to bringj the Saints within one, 7-6. The blue and white couldn't overcome the difference and dropped set one, 25-17.

Set two remained close until Marymount tied the set at 10 all following a kill by Wiechecki. The Saints continued to trade points with the Knights. Wiechecki bolstered back-to-back kills to get back within two late in the set, 22-20. The Knights were forced to take a timeout, but their offense proved to be too much for the Saints, falling short, 25-21.

Marymount pieced together a 4-0 run to take an early 7-5 lead over Southern Virginia in set three. The blue and white maintained a lead until the Knights battled their way back into the matchup to pull ahead, 20-19. The Saints used a timeout and Wiechecki added another kill to tie the set back up at 20. Wiechecki added two more kills down the stretch, but the effort wasn't enough and the Knights prevailed on top, 25-22.

Wiechecki led the Saints on the offensive end with 16 kills while hitting .542, while freshman Joseph Zanelotti registered 28 assists. On the defensive end, junior Connor Choate scooped up a game-high 10 digs. 

Marymount vs. Stevens

Both squads traded points early on before the Ducks pieced together several small runs to pull ahead. The Saints used their first timeout after falling behind, 21-12. MU went on to drop set one, 25-13.

Sophomore Remington Shahan struck first in set two to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. MU continued to battle and stay within striking distance of the Ducks including back-to-back kills by Safley and Wiechecki to tie the set at 12 all. Marymount fell behind 22-17 after Stevens pieced together two runs, which was enough to hold off the Saints, 25-19.

In set two, the Saints fell behind 16-12 midway through the set, and used a timeout to regain composure. Out of the timeout the momentum shifted in favor of the Saints as they pieced together a 6-1 run to pull ahead, 18-17. Sophomore Eric Wiles led the run with two kills and a block.

Marymount continued to battle Stevens, forcing set three into extra points. The last-ditch effort by the Saints wasn't enough to outlast the Ducks, and the Saints lost set three, 29-27.

Wiechecki paced the Saints on offense, registering nine kills. Zanelotti posted a team-high 26 assists while Choate led the team on the defensive end with five digs. 

The Saint will now gear up for the Continental Volleyball Conference Tournament, set to begin on Friday, April 14. The full tournament will be hosted on the campus of the Saints due to taking the top seed and being named regular-season champions. Further details to come.