RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Marian University men’s volleyball (13-15, 5-7 NACC) saw their 2018 campaign come to an end in the NACC Tournament semifinals falling to No. 8 and top-seeded Dominican with set scores of 25-21, 25-20 and 25-21.
The Marian offense could only manage a .125 hitting percentage in the defeat, while the nationally-ranked Stars hit .395 for the match with only nine attack errors. Junior Jon Smallpage did close out his junior campaign with a match-high 12 kills to go with a .214 hitting percentage. Smallpage eclipsed 1,000 kills in his career as well in the defeat.
Senior Aaron Wendels closed out his career at Marian with six kills, seven digs and a pair of block assists. In his three seasons as a Sabre, Wendels played in 77 matches and recorded 909 kills with 527 digs and was involved in a total of 82 blocks.
The 2018 season was the third year for the men’s volleyball program and the Sabres once again continued to improve with their first double-digit win season. The season was highlighted by a regular-season finale victory over then-ranked No. 7 Dominican that eventually gave Marian home-court advantage for the opening round of the NACC Tournament.