Bulldogs Rally Back in Fourth Set to Win in Five in Final Home Match of Season

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. - Adrian was trailing 19-11 in the fourth set before scoring nine straight points to take the lead and the set in a 3-2 win against Olivet in the final home match of the season. Kevin Curley tied a season-high 17 kills in the match to lead the Bulldogs to the win. 

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 3, Olivet 2 (25-23, 17-25, 13-25, 25-23, 15-7)

Location: Adrian, Mich. (Merillat Sports and Fitness Center)

Records: Adrian (4-19, 3-14 MCVL), Olivet (3-20, 0-18 MCVL)

HOW IT HAPPENED

• Adrian won the first set, 25-23, to jump out to a 1-0 lead despite the Comets hitting .421 to the Bulldogs' .273 in the opening set.

• Olivet knotted things up by taking the second set, 25-17.

• The Comets would win the third set, 25-13, putting Adrian on its heels.

• The Bulldogs trailed 10-1 early in the fourth set but couldn't cut the Olivet lead by much throughout.

• Trailing 19-11, Adrian would score nine straight points to rally back and take the first lead of the fourth, 20-19.

• The Comets would tie the set at 21, but the Bulldogs would hold on for a 25-23 win to force a decisive fifth set.

• Adrian was able to build, keep, and eventually sustain a win in the fifth, 15-7, to take the match three sets to two.

TOP DOGS

• Curley added six digs, one block assist, and one assist to his 17 kills.

Noah Marcinkowski tallied 16 kills, two assists, seven digs and one service ace in the victory.

Avery Johnson had nine kills, two assists, one ace, and five digs for the Bulldogs.

Joseph Campana led the Adrian offensively with 35 assists as well as contributing eight digs.

Daniel Contreras led the defense, tying a match-high nine digs.

THE OPPOSITION

• Trent Robinson (20) and Brock Pringle (17) led the Comets in kills.

• Mathew Caamal (27) and Aaron Giorgi (24) paced the Olivet offense with assists.

• B. Pringle had a team-high nine digs; Rhett Pringle and Luke DeWitt tallied seven.

UP NEXT

• Adrian will wrap up the 2017 season with road matches at Lakeland (Fri., April 7) and at Marian (Wis.) (Sat., April 8). The Lakeland match is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT; the Marian match will start at 11:00 a.m.

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