FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Two days after a thrilling five-set win over 14th ranked Ohio State, the IPFW men’s volleyball team returned to the court, knocking off King in straight sets (25-15, 25-23, 25-21).
The win improves IPFW to 12-3 on the season, the second-best 15-game start in program history.
IPFW hit .426 for the match, while holding King to an attack percentage of .169. Leading the way individually for the Mastodons was Andrew Sellan who had seven kills, while Bryan Saunders added six. Omar Rivera dished out 20 assists while Jordan Armstrong gave out 11 helpers. Sellan and Omar Rivera each had two service aces, while Luis Bertran picked up five digs and Saunders totaling five blocks.
King jumped out quickly, leading 2-0 out of the gate, and with the Mastodons trailing 3-2, IPFW ran off three straight points to take a lead that it would not give up for the remainder of the set. A 6-2 IPFW run put distance between the teams, as the ‘Dons cruised to a 25-15 first-set win.
IPFW never trailed in the second set, jumping out to a 5-1 lead, but could not fully pull away, as King closed within one at 24-23, before a service error ended the hopes for the Tornado in the 25-23 win.
King made a match of the third set, and led by three at 12-9. The host Mastodons fought back, using an 11-3 run to turn the deficit into a five-point advantage. The Tornado was not done; however, climbing back to within two at 23-21 before IPFW closed the match with two straight points to claim the three-set win.
The Mastodons return to action on Saturday evening when the squad hosts Belmont Abbey in a 7 p.m. first serve at the Gates Sports Center.