ANGOLA, Ind. – The Adrian College men's volleyball team picked up its third conference win of the year with a 3-1 victory over Trine University on Friday, March 22. The Bulldogs had 15 total team blocks in the match, setting a program record for most blocks in a match. Senior Mike Gold set a program record for the second match in a row, setting a new standard for blocks in a match, with nine total blocks (one solo, eight assists).
Final Score: Adrian 3, Trine 1 (25-23, 21-25, 29-27, 25-20)
Location: Angola, Ind. (Hershey Hall)
Records: AC 15-10 (3-1 MCVL), TU 6-18 (0-4 MCVL)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trine had a small lead in the beginning of the match, but Adrian took control halfway through with a 10-2 run to go up 19-14. The Bulldogs held off the Thunder's attempts to tie the set and finished them off, 25-23 on a kill from senior Michael Burkhardt.
The Thunder started out strong again in the second set, doubling up AC, 16-8. Despite Adrian's best efforts to claw back into the set, the Black and Gold just couldn't find a way to do it and lost the set, 21-25, leveling the match at one set apiece.
It was much closer in the third set, with the teams trading points in the early goings of the set. Whenever one team started to pull away the other team was there to match them. Trine was on set point, 24-21, when Adrian rattled off four straight points to put the Bulldogs one point from winning the match, 25-24. From there the teams traded points until AC won two in a row to take the set 29-27 and take a 2-1 advantage in the match.
Adrian controlled the first set in the beginning, going up 12-6 on Trine early. The Thunder quickly picked up six points of their own to fight back and tie the set. This didn't phase the Bulldogs one bit, as the Black and Gold kept trucking on the way to a 25-20 win in the set, with match point earned on a Burkhardt kill.
• Junior setter Joseph Campana had a solid night with 48 assists.
• Gold set a program record with nine blocks while Campana and junior Kevin Curley each had eight digs to lead the team.
• Kyle Dixon led both teams with 23 kills.
• Hunter Monday had a match-high 51 assists.
• Dan Boren had nine digs to lead the Thunder.
Adrian heads to Mount St. Joseph tomorrow at 2 p.m. with a chance to win a program-record fourth match in the MCVL this season.
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