No. 14 Georgetown College fell short in its final pool match at the NAIA Men’s Volleyball National Championship on Wednesday morning, dropping a 3-0 (25-22, 31-29, 25-22) decision to No. 8 Benedictine Mesa ( Arizona) at the MidAmerican Energy Company RecPlex in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Georgetown — after a hard-fought five-set victory over Indiana Tech on Tuesday — hit .159 in the game with 33 kills and 20 errors on 82 total kills. The Tigers also had seven service aces and 14 assists in the game. Meanwhile, the Redhawks hit .287 with 41 kills and 18 errors over 80 swings. Benedictine Mesa also had eight service aces and nine total blocks (three solo blocks, 12 assists).
Ryan Gunn had 15 kills, three service aces and two assists, Liam Morrissey had eight kills, five digs, three assists and two assists, Krzysztof Kowalski had six kills and three digs, Tyree Wesley had had four assists and two kills and Kacper Dobrowolski had 25 assists, four digs, two assists and two service aces.
Caleb Stearman had a monster game to lead Benedictine Mesa, picking up 14 kills and making no mistakes on 17 total kills for an .824 attack percentage. Landon Fuller had 10 kills, eight digs and three block assists, Matthew Motes had seven kills and two digs, Charles Pollnow finished with five kills, three digs and two service aces, John Dawson had four kills assists, five block assists and two solo blocks and Daxton Tolman dished out 38 assists, three digs and two service aces for the Redhawks.
GC picked up a game-changing win for the program on Tuesday morning when they rallied from two sets to beat third-seeded Indiana Tech 3-2 (24-26, 16-25, 25-23, 25-13, 15 -7).
The victory – Georgetown’s first-ever win at the national tournament – was the Tigers’ 20th straight win and 21st in their last 22 outings. Georgetown also ended Indiana Tech’s 13-game winning streak with the comeback victory and handed the Warriors (29-2) just their second loss of the season.
The Tigers went .199 in the game, with 61 kills and 33 errors on 141 total kills, but Georgetown held on to their best offensive play for the final game. The Tigers hit a much better .304 in the final three sets with 38 kills and 14 errors out of 79 total kills, including .467 (7 kills, 0 errors out of 15 swings) in the deciding fifth set. Georgetown had just three service aces in the game, but the Tigers won the dig battle, 51-40, (including four players with seven or more), and dominated at net, finishing with 19 total blocks (four solo blocks, 30 assist blocks).
Meanwhile, Indiana Tech was limited to a .080 offense percentage, with 42 kills and 31 errors on 137 total kills. The Warriors also hit exactly .000 over the final three sets, totaling 22 kills and 22 errors over 82 swings as Georgetown made their comeback.
Gunn led Georgetown’s offensive attack, taking 21 kills and hitting .326 on 43 total kills. Gunn also added four digs and four assists. Kowalski had a double-double with 20 kills (on 41 kills) and 14 digs, Morrissey filled the stat sheet with nine kills, seven digs, five assists and three assists, Wesley threw six kills, six assists and a solo block and Miguel Vega had four kills, nine assists and a solo block.
Dobrowolski did part of it all for the Tigers with 53 assists, nine digs, five assists, two solo blocks and one kill and CJ Bride led the Tigers with a game-high 15 digs.
Mason Milan led Indiana Tech with 12 kills, three digs and three assists. Daynte Stewart added 11 kills, seven digs, four assists, two solo blocks and two assists, Dante Siracusa had nine kills, Raekwon Rogers had four kills and five assists, Brandon Jones had 32 assists digs, eight digs, two assists and two kills and Joey Hermes had 13 digs for the Warriors in the loss.
Ex-Warhawk Benner named MSC Baseball Player of the Week
Freshman Seth Benner put together another big week for the Cumberlands University Patriots as he led the team to a 3-1 record this week. Benner’s performance earned him the Mid-South Player of the Week honor announced Monday by the conference bureau.
The Great Crossing product went 8 for 14 at the plate with three homers, two doubles and a triple for 10 RBIs in four games. That put him at .571 batting average, .625 on-base percentage and 1.500 hitting percentage for the week.
In Monday’s game against Alice Lloyd, Benner went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a grand slam for six RBIs. Benner followed up that performance with a 1-on-3 game against Shawnee State, his only hit being a home run.
Then in Sunday’s doubleheader, Benner went 2-for-3 in the opener with a triple and a double. He ended the weekend with a 2-on-4 performance, tallying another double.
For the season, Benner has a .430 batting average and a .729 hitting percentage. He has 46 hits so far this season for six home runs, two triples and 10 doubles. That totals 78 bases and 40 RBIs.
Benner hit .527 with eight home runs and 43 RBIs last spring as a senior at Great Crossing.
Moreno wins the character award
On Friday, Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball star Michael Moreno, former Scott County high school major, was selected to the 2021 ASUN Conference Winter Winners Team -22 for life.
The team is made up of one student-athlete from each of ASUN’s 12 institutions and honors those who demonstrate excellence on and off the playing surface.
Moreno holds many leadership positions, has an outstanding GPA and has made notable contributions on the field. He is Vice Chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and has a GPA of 3.47.
The Winners for Life team honors a citizen on campus who is respected as one who shares and/or demonstrates ASUN’s core values: Education, Honesty, Student-Athlete Experience, Equity, Health, Ambition, Respect, Diversity, Inclusion , Leadership, Responsibility, and Sportsmanship.
The 6ft 7in forward was voted ASUN Pre-Season Player of the Year by the fans. He then averaged 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal per game last season.
He shot 44% from the field and 36% from 3 points. Moreno ranked fourth in ASUN in offensive rebounds (2.13/game), 10th in steals, 12th in rebounding, 13th in three-pointers per game (2.16), and 17th in scoring.
Moreno grabbed at least one rebound in every game during his career, 93
right and scored in 92 consecutive games. He had a double-double against Liberty, finishing with a season-best 16 points and 10 rebounds. He scored a season-high 24 points against North Alabama. In that game against UNA, he grabbed an offensive rebound and scored with a second left in regulation time to send the game into overtime.