Marian University men’s volleyball (18-4, 4-2 NACC) bounced back to split the weekend defeating Concordia Chicago 25-22, 23-25, 25-15, and 25-19.
Concordia Chicago was able to get out to an early lead starting the first set with a 16-12 advantage. A Marian timeout proved to be a momentum shifter, however, as the Sabres were able to tie the set at 17-17. After the set was tied at 20-20, Marian would score four straight points and eventually take the set 25-22. The Cougars found themselves with a lead to open the second set as well at 17-15. Marian once again went on a big streak, however, taking a 23-21 advantage. This time, Concordia Chicago was able to bounce back scoring four consecutive to even the sets.
Marian was able to dominate the remainder of the match opening the third set with a 14-4 edge. The Cougars trailed by as much as 13 as Marian was able to go into the fourth set with a 2-1 lead. After a 6-6 start to the fourth, Marian went on a 12-4 run to take an 18-10 lead. Concordia Chicago was able to battle back and trim their deficit down to five but a kill from junior Cam Muller put the match away at 25-19. The Sabres committed just five errors between the third and fourth sets with 28 kills.
Four different Sabres recorded double-digit kills led by sophomore Derek Wills who posted 14, while freshman Keanu Ouranitsas-Hayes hit .571 with 12 kills. Ouranitsas-Hayes also had six total blocks with one being a solo block. The back row had three Sabres post double-digit digs led by sophomore Aaron Velasco who dug up 11 balls. Senior Zach Zelenik had another strong match recording 42 kills with 10 digs.
Marian closes a three-match homestand taking on MSOE Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. in NACC action.