By: Claire Kositzky
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
Benedictine University’s men’s volleyball team lost Lakeland College this past Saturday at home in a conference match.
“It was not out best match, but we have a growth mindset on our team. We are definitely going to take a look at the match and focus on the little things as we prepare for all of our future matches,” said freshman outside hitter Eric Tarnow.
The team struggled with offense, but their confidence still shined on and off the court. In the first set, the eagles were behind by six points until freshman outside hitter John Matthews had a kill, bringing the eagles to trail by three points. Lakeland had four kills in a row and won the first game.
In the second set, Benedictine started out leading the game. Unfortunately, Lakeland’s kills were too forceful for the eagle’s defense. Benedictine had seven kills but many blocking errors that were the result for Lakeland winning this set.
The third set was a repeat of what happened in the second set, with Benedictine losing and a final score of 25-14.
Freshman outside hitter Eric Tarnow led the team with nine kills. Matthews recorded six digs and freshman Markus Riemer had 21 assists. Overall, the eagles had 26 digs, four blocks and hit a -.022.
“Even though they did not come out with a win, it was a hard fought battle. The entire crowd at the game could tell that they really worked hard as a team,” said junior Nora O’Malley.
The Benedictine eagles will travel to Loras College for their match on Wednesday, February 18 at 7 p.m. in hopes to break their six game losing streaks.