By: Elana Garay
The Eagles lost 3-1 out of the four sets by their opponent. Benedictine University’s men’s volleyball team played against Juniata last Friday night in River Forest.
“I’m really proud of the way our team played this past Friday. We could have given up before the game even started because they were ranked higher and bigger than us, but we did not give up. We trusted our preparation and played the way we knew was the right way,” said Sterling Glover.
Juniata led three out of four of the sets. Benedictine trailed behind throughout the first set. Points were made by freshmen outside hitter Jake Moran, libero Eric Tarnow and outside hitter Charles Marrell. The final score at the end of the first set was 25-20.
Benedictine started out in the lead by two points in the following set. Juanita attempted to outscore Benedictine but was unsuccessful. Benedictine won this set with a final score of 31-29.
Benedictine began the third set in the lead. The opposing team began to outscore the Eagles in the middle of the set. Juniata won the third set, 25-22.
Juanita had the lead throughout the final set, with the score becoming 25-16.
Twenty kills were made by freshman outside hitter Sterling Glover, along with 12 kills and two aces made by Moran. Freshman setter Markus Riemer made 46 assists and 13 digs while freshman libero Ian Thompson made 11 digs.
“The guys were prepared to win the match, we had what it took but we ultimately did not focus and execute in the third set. It was a 22-25 loss and few details could have swung that set our way, which would have been a 2-1 lead in sets.Once you are at that point all you need is to execute for one more set but we just did not maintain our level of focus and execution in that set or the fourth,” said head coach Dan Buehring.
“In retrospect, it was a fantastic match; the guys fought hard and left it all out on the court. Our guys work hard and fight hard. I couldn’t ask for more and we will just need to work hard this week in practice to maintain that level of play to win those kinds of matches next time. Juniata is #1 in the country, we are doing some good things. We simply need to do them more consistently and for a longer period of time,” said Buehring.
Next game will be for men’s volleyball will be against Carthage College on February 7 at 1p.m. at Kenosha, Wisconsin.