Sabre men’s volleyball sees season come to an end at No. 8 Dominican

April 13, 2018

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.

From the back row, junior Cullen Liberski once again led the way with a match-high nine digs.  Junior Joey Dittman had another strong game with an assist on 30 of the 35 Marian kills.

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.