MVB: #15 IPFW Sweeps Belmont Abbey

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 15th ranked IPFW men’s volleyball team picked up its fifth straight victory as the Mastodons defeated Belmont Abbey 3-0 (25-14, 25-10, 25-14), improving their record to 13-3 on the season.

Jeremy Swartz led all players with a game-high nine kills and five blocks while hitting .900 on the night. Nick Smalter added six kills and Kevin Villela had five. In all, 12 different IPFW players recorded a kill.

Omar Rivera had a game-high 20 assists while Jordan Armstrong added 13. Rivera also finished the night with a career-high seven aces. JW Kieckheffer and Luis Bertran had a game-high five digs for the Mastodons.

IPFW held a 13-10 lead in the opening set until the ‘Dons went on a 7-1 run and then closing out the set with a 12-4 advantage. In the first set, Smalter had five kills, as the Mastodons finished with five blocks.

In the second set, back-to-back aces from Rivera helped put the Mastodons up 10-2 early. The ‘Dons closed out the set on an 8-2 run as Rivera finished the second set with six aces. The 10 points by Belmont Abbey in the set are the fewest IPFW has allowed in a 25-point set this season.

The Mastodons began the third set on a 5-1 run and never looked back. IPFW ended the match on a 10-2 run, securing the sweep.

As a team the ‘Dons finished the night hitting .471, their second best performance of the season. The Mastodons also finished with a season-high 10 aces.

IPFW travels to Ball State for a match with the No. 13 ranked Cardinals on March 11 with first serve set for 7:30 p.m. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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