FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IPFW men’s volleyball team hit .429 for the match and served up 11 aces in running away from the Lees-McRae Bobcats in a sweep on Friday evening (25-11, 25-22, 25-15).
The win improves IPFW to 14-4 on the season, the third-best 18-match start to a season in school history, behind only the 15-3 records that the 1998 and 1999 teams put together.
Andrew Sellan knocked down a team-high 12 kills, while Eddie Rivera added 10 – including the 1,000th of his career in the second set. Gabriel Quinones dished out 17 assists, with Jordan Armstrong giving out 11. Eddie Rivera led the team with four service aces, with three others – Sellan, Bryan Saunders, and David Frazee – each serving up two aces. Eddie Rivera led the team with seven digs, as Saunders picked up four blocks.
IPFW opened the first set by scoring eight consecutive points – three off of service aces – and the Mastodons were never threatened in the opening set, taking the frame by a 25-11 score.
The second set saw six tie scores and a lead change, with the visiting Bobcats jumping ahead 1-0 out of the gate. The final tie of the match came at 8-8 before IPFW ran off four straight points to take a lead that the squad would not give up again. Despite not trailing again, Lees-McRae got to within one at 23-22 before the Mastodons scored the final two points in the 25-22 IPFW win.
IPFW used an 8-2 run in the middle of the set to turn a slim 6-5 lead into a 14-7 advantage, and never looked back, winning the deciding set by a 25-15 score.
IPFW had just six service errors against its 11 aces, as the Mastodons also out-blocked the Bobcats 6-to-5.
The Mastodons return to action on Saturday evening, when the squad hosts the Highlanders of NJIT in a 7 p.m. first serve.