Marcinkowski's 23 Kills Leads Bulldogs to First Win of 2017

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. - The Adrian College men's volleyball team won its first match of the 2017 season, 3-1 over Wittenberg on Saturday morning. Noah Marcinkowski had a match-high 23 kills to lead the Bulldog offense in the victory. 

THE BASICS

Final Score: Adrian 3, Wittenberg 1 (25-23, 25-20, 28-30, 25-22)

Location: Adrian, Michigan (Merillat Sports and Fitness Center)

Records: Adrian (1-4, 1-4 MCVL), Wittenberg (4-5, 1-1 MCVL)

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set: Adrian 25, Wittenberg 23 (Adrian 1-0)

• With Wittenberg leading 20-14, the Bulldogs scored four straight points and 10 of the next 11 points to jump out to a 24-21 lead.

• Adrian held set point for three volleys before earning the 1-0 lead, 25-23.

• The Bulldogs hit .290 for the first set; the Tigers hit .222.

Second Set: Adrian 25, Wittenberg 20

• Neither team was able to build a larger lead than five points in the second set. The first of the five-point leads came toward the end of the set when Adrian pulled away for a 19-14 lead over Wittenberg.

•  The Tigers cut the lead to three, 19-16, but the Bulldogs were able to rebuild the lead, ending the set with a 25-20 win and a 2-0 lead in sets.

• Adrian's hitting percentage for set two was .273; Wittenberg's .077.

Third Set: Wittenberg 30, Adrian 28

• For the third set, both teams traded points and lead for the majority of the third even taking the set to extras before a winner was decided.

• The Tigers had the first set point, 24-22, however, the Bulldogs rattled off three straight points to earn the set point, 25-24.

• Following a Max Baker kill, Wittenberg, tied the set at 25, before the Bulldogs took another set-point lead on a Marcinkowski kill, 26-25.

• On set point, Adrian had a service error that tied the set back up at 26, but the Tigers would give their own service error back, so the Bulldogs still had set-point at 27-26.

• An Isaiah Brock kill tied the game back up at 27 and an attack error by Adrian gave the Tigers a 28-27 set-point advantage.

Marcinkowski responded for the Bulldogs with a kill to give Adrian the 28-27 lead and set point again, but Wittenberg was able to score twice to end the set with a 30-28 win and cut the Adrian lead to 2-1 in sets.

• Set three was the Bulldogs' lowest hitting percentage set at .256; Wittenberg had its highest hitting percentage with .417.

Fourth Set: Adrian 25, Wittenberg 22

• Much like the third set, the fourth set went back and forth for most of the fourth.

• Adrian was able to hang on to a three-point lead at the end of the set to earn the set and the match.

TOP DOGS

Marcinkowski's 23 kills sets an Adrian College men's volleyball record for most kills in a match. He also contributed defensively tying a team-high 13 digs while also recording one assist and a service ace.

Avery Johnson (13), Kevin Curley (12), and Eduardo Aleman (10) each had double-digit kills for Adrian.

Joseph Campana paced the Adrian offense with 48 assists. He also tallied 11 digs.

Curley tied with Marcinkowski for the team-high 13 digs.

THE OPPOSITION

• Carter Schmidt had a team-high 13 kills.

• Noah Wissel (21) and Ross Russell (19) led the team in assists.

• Russell also had a team-high 10 digs.

UP NEXT

• Adrian travels to face Olivet on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.

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