Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Wilkes Men’s Volleyball Drops Season Opener 3-1 at Lancaster Bible

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Wilkes University men’s volleyball team opened the 2018 season with a non-conference match at Lancaster Bible College Wednesday night falling 3-1.

Set scores were 25-9, 15-25, 25-22, and 25-19.

Wilkes stands at 0-1 on the young season while Lancaster Bible is 1-1.

The Colonels trailed 5-4 early in the first set before the Chargers pulled away with a 20-5 run to take the first set 25-9.

Wilkes responded to even the match at a set apiece by taking the second set 25-15. With the Colonels leading 10-9 Wilkes went on a three-point run to stretch the lead to 13-9. Daniel Sales provided a kill and service ace in the run and Jones Mensah finished it with a solo block. After a Chargers point Wilkes scored the next three points on kills by Dylan Smith and Mensah and a Lancaster Bible attack error to make the score 16-10. With the score at 21-15 the Colonels scored the final four points in the set on two Sales kills, a Chargers error, and a Michael Henne kill.

In the second set Wilkes hit 14-of-17 with only two errors for a team .706 hitting percentage.

The Colonels opened the third set leading 8-6 after a Sales kill. Lancaster Bible then went on a 7-2 run to take a 13-10 lead before Wilkes closed the gap to one point at 17-16. The Colonels closed the lead down to one marker three more times but could not overtake the Chargers and fell 25-22 in the end.

Wilkes looked to send the match to a fifth set by taking an 11-8 lead in the fourth. After the Chargers grabbed the lead the Colonels went on a five-point run to take back a 17-15 lead. Sales provided two aces and a kill and Brian Schumacher added a kill in the run. Lancaster Bible closed the set on a 10-2 run to win the set 25-19.

Sales led Wilkes with eight kills, 19 assists and five aces. Mensah registered a career-high eight kills. Smith led the Wilkes defense with eight digs and he also had seven kills.

Schumacher finished with five kills, Kyle Price had five digs, and Salvatore Purpura dished out eight assists.

Nate Miller led the Chargers with 21 kills and Kaleb Ansell recorded 37 assists.

Next up for the Colonels is a trip to Rochester, N.Y. to face St. John Fisher College Friday at 8:00 p.m.

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