CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Mount St. Joseph University Lions closed out their regular season with two home Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League matches against the Augustana College Vikings and Loras College DuHawks. After a slow start to match one the Lions were able to defeat the Vikings three sets to one but were unable to defeat the DuHawks in close five set thriller. With the loss, the Lions were unable to make it to the MCVL Tournament and finished their season 9-17 and 5-4 in conference.
In the first match against the Vikings the Lions got off to a slow start but managed to tie the score midway through the game. The Vikings would make another push in the final points of the game and took the first set 25-19. The Lions brought the energy in the second set and took an 8-3 lead on a six point service run from Darrell Swanson (Las Vegas, NV / Arbor View). The Vikings quickly countered with a run of their own and tied the score at nine. After back and forth points the Lions were able to break away with another service run from Swanson to give them a 22-14 lead. Swanson was able to finish out set two 25-19 with a kill to tie the score. The Vikings challenged the Lions in the third set and despite a five point service run from Rey Sanchez (Arvada, CO / Ralston Valley High School), Augustana kept the score close. Tied at 22, Jason Hascher (Miamisburg, OH / Alter) earned an ace and back to back errors from the Vikings would give the Lions a 25-22 set three victory. The Vikings didn't give up in the fourth set and led most of the match. The Lions rallied in the final points to tie the score and would eventually go into extra points. Back to back kills from Swanson and a Viking error would give The Mount the 28-26 set three victory and the match 3-1.
In the Lions next match they battled with the DuHawks for the final spot in the MCVL Tournament. The Lions performed well in the second set and despite a close set the Lions were able to pull out the victory 25-23 after a DuHawk error. Loras was able to take an early lead in the second set and the Lions couldn't catch up, dropping the second set 25-21. Loras started strong in the third set and took a huge lead. Despite a push from the Lions late in the set, they were unable to overcome the deficit and fell 25-18. The fourth set was a battle and neither team was able to take a significant lead. Sanchez gave the Lions some breathing room in the final points of the set and eventually a Ben Holt (Cincinnati, OH / Roger Bacon) kill would give the Lions a 25-22 victory. The fifth set was a thriller all the way through and even went into final points. The Lions were unable to defeat the DuHawks after errors and dropped the set 19-17 and the match 3-2.
Hascher and Swanson led the Lions on offense during the weekend, finishing with 25 and 22 kills, respectively. Swanson also chipped in 25 digs and five blocks over the weekend.
The Lions will be back in action at the start of 2020. Continue to check MSJSports.com for updates on the Lions upcoming season!