LISLE, Ill. - Marian University men's volleyball (8-15, 5-11 MCVL) rallied to take a set from Benedictine but fell to the Eagles in four sets with set scores of 25-19, 25-23, 22-25 and 25-21.
The Benedictine offense was able to control the match in the opening pair of sets recording hitting percentages of .286 and .269, respectively. In both sets, it was late pushes from the Eagles that allowed BenU to take the 2-0 sets lead closing out the first with a 6-1 run and a 7-2 run to finish the second set.
Marian rallied in the third set for their best offensive performance of the night hitting .207. After a 20-20 open to the set, it was the Sabres who were able to finish the set strong using a 5-2 run to force a fourth set. Sophomore Jon Sattersten closed out the set with the final pair of kills.
Marian opened fast in the fourth set but Benedictine would use an 8-2 run in the middle of the set to take a 20-15 lead. Marian would rally scoring four of the next five points but were unable to complete the comeback.
Sophomore Jon Smallpage led the Marian offense with 12 kills, while fellow sophomore Joey Dittman had 28 assists to go with four kills and a pair of service aces. Freshman Jacob DeGroot had a big game at the net with a solo block and seven block assists.
Marian closes out their final road trip traveling to No. 14 Dominican tomorrow, Saturday, April 1, for a 2 p.m. first serve.