The Adrian College and Siena Heights University men’s volleyball teams battled Thursday afternoon at the Merillat Sport and Fitness Center.
The Saints bested the Bulldogs in straight sets for the third time in a row, 25-22, 25-15, 25-20.
“I thought they played really well today,” said Saints coach Kim Berrington. “It is always good to see us spread out our offense.”
In the opening set, Adrian (3-18) jumped out to an early two-point lead, but the Saints (13-9) were able to even it at 5-5. The teams traded points until 7-7, before Siena Heights began to pull away.
Four straight points for the Saints pushed the set to 11-7 and forced Adrian coach Mike Morici to call his first timeout.
“I thought we were very inconsistent today,” said Morici. “We played hard, and I will give them credit for that.”
Out of the timeout, Adrian was able to begin to chip away at the Saints’ lead. The Bulldogs brought the game to within 16-14, but got no closer.
The Saints extended the advantage to 20-14 before another Morici timeout. Adrian was able to muster a slight comeback out of the break, but it was cut short by a set-ending kill by Julian Ayers.
The second set followed a similar path as the first. Siena Heights took an early 2-0 lead and never relinquished it, pushing the lead to 11 at one point.
“We had a lot of serving errors there at the end,” said Morici. “But I think we worked for every point we got.”
Adrian gave a good fight in the third set, but Siena Heights’ talent outmuscled the Bulldogs. SHU held a steady lead thanks in large part to Adrian service errors.
The Bulldogs found a way to edge their way back into the set, cutting Siena’s lead to 21-18, but more service errors clinched the set and the match for the Saints.
Chris Horner led the way for Siena with nine kills, and Keegan Crawford had 30 assists.
For Adrian Noah Marcinkowski paced Adrian with 12 kills. Avery Johnson…