Location: Cincinnati, OH (Harrington Center)
The Lions came ready to play against Adrian on Friday. The level of competition was high throughout the game. All of the sets were very tightly scored, but the Lions were able to come out on top and defeat the Bulldogs 3-1.
How it Happened:
The first set started off competitive for both teams. They were each trading points back and forth as the game stayed close. Brett Cooper (Cincinnati, OH/ La Salle) was able to get a kill to pull the Lions a little closer, as the Bulldogs led with a score of 21-22. The Lions were able to finish the set with some good defense and beat Adrian 25-23. In the second set, Adrian was able to go on a run after being tied 10-10. They ended up leading the Lions 20-14 towards the end of the set. Adrian was able to defeat the Lions 25-20 in the second set to tie up the match 1-1.
During the third set the Lions began to take charge. They jumped out to an impressive lead at the beginning of the set, but Adrian wasn't going down without a fight. Adrian was able to get themselves within one point of the Lions with the score at 21-20. The Lions were able to finish the set with a final score of 25-21 to take the 2-1 lead over the Bulldogs. In the Fourth set, the Lions looked to close out the match with a win. The score was kept close by both teams but the Lions were able to maintain the lead. With the Lions leading 16-15 Nathan Herdeman (Cincinnati, OH/ Elder) was able to set up his hitters for three kills in a row. After the Lions had the lead 21-15, Adrian went on a run of their own. The score was tied 24-24 at the end of the set. The Lions were able to get a huge block by Brett Cooper and Nathan Herdeman to win the set 26-24. This gave them the win in the match overall 3-1.
The offense for the Lions was produced by many players throughout the game. Brett Cooper lead the team with 16 kills on 28 attempts. He also was able to make an impact on the defensive end recording 4 block assists. Andrew Chisholm (Cincinnati, OH/ Oak Hills) was also able to produce some offense for the Lions. He was able to get 10 kills on 17 total attempts. Nathan Herdeman continues to be a reliable tool for his team as well. He recorded 41 assist, setting up his teammates for some big kills.
The Lions will compete next on 3/11 in the Harrington Center Gym against another MCVL competitor in Benedictine.