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Griffins Win Its Home Opener Against Adrian

Griffins Win Its Home Opener Against Adrian

Photo taken by Cecilia Jones

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University men's volleyball team treated its home fans to a four set (23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18) victory over Adrian on Friday night.

The Griffins (6-2; 1-0 MCVL), posted 55 kills and a .266 hitting percentage against the Bulldogs. Mark Klusman broke out with a career-high 15 kills and a .250 hitting percentage. Brendon Schwartze filled up the stat sheet with 12 kills, a .435 hitting percentage, four digs and three block assists.

Stephen Lendy, meanwhile, was busy on both sides of the net with 11 kills and 10 digs. Emir Hadzisalihovic also had a strong game with eight kills and a match-high .467 hitting percentage.

Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell dished out a career-high 31 assists, while Zach Rothstein finished with a match-high 13 digs.

Adrian (2-5; 0-1 SLIAC), started out fast against the Griffins but its 26 attack errors eventually caught up to them. Noah Marcinkowski paced them with 13 kills, while Joseph Campana totaled a match-high 33 assists. Kyle Bell ended the evening with a team-high 10 digs.

In the first set, it was the Bulldogs gaining the upper-hand at 12-10 on Kevin Curley's kill. The Griffins cut it down to 15-13, but a 4-0 run, capped off by a Griffins set error, gave them a 19-13 advantage.

Later, Fontbonne narrowed the deficit down to 24-23, however, Curley finished off the set with a kill to give them the opener, 25-23.

In the second set, the Griffins took a 10-6 lead on consecutive kills from Klusman. They maintained its marginal lead at 13-11, then expanded it out to 19-14 after Schwartze's kill. It was smooth sailing for the home team from there as they evened up the match at 1-1, taking the second, 25-18.

It was more of the same in the third as Fontbonne earned a 6-0 lead on a Bulldogs attack error. Adrian got back in it and made it a 15-12 outing on Mike Gold's kill.

The Griffins, though answered with a 4-0 run, capped off by a block assist from Schwartze and Hadzisalihovic to push the lead out to seven (19-12). Fontbonne fended off Adrian the rest of the way and won the third, 25-16.

In the fourth, the team saved its best set statically for last. The Griffins finished with 13 kills and just four errors for a match-high .346 hitting percentage.

Stephen Lendy's kill gave the Griffins an 11-7 lead. They stretched its lead to 22-12 on TJ Vorva's kill and despite a late charge from Adrian, the Griffins cruised to the 25-18 set and match win on Nate Paasch's kill.

The team jumps right back into action tomorrow afternoon at home against Olivet. First-serve goes up at 1 p.m.

Fans make sure to stay updated on fontbonnegriffins.com throughout the year for full updates and recaps on the men's volleyball team.