Sabre men’s volleyball swept by No. 14 Dominican to close regular season

April 8, 2019

Marian University men’s volleyball (10-14, 8-8 NACC) was swept by No. 14 Dominican with set scores of 25-23, 25-21, and 25-18 to close out the regular season.

The first set of the match saw each team go point-for-point with the largest lead of the set being only three points after Marian opened with a 3-0 lead.  The Sabres trailed 23-21 late but managed to tie the game only to have a Dominican timeout sway the momentum.  Out of the break, the Stars were able to record a pair of kills and take the opening set.

The second set was also highly competitive with Marian trailing only 13-12 to open the set.  Dominican then went on the first extended run of the match using a 6-2 run to take a 19-14 lead and cruise to the 2-0 lead.  A 10-2 run from the Stars after a 7-7 opening gave Dominican a 17-9 lead in the third set and allowed Dominican to earn the sweep.

Senior Jon Smallpage paced the offense recording a match-high 12 kills, while fellow senior Cullen Liberski also had a match-high 14 digs in the back row.  Senior Joey Dittman had his fifth double-double of the season recording 23 assists with 10 digs.

Marian will host Lakeland in the opening round of the NACC Tournament Tuesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. from Sadoff Gym.