On Saturday, the Lincoln College Men’s Volleyball team split squads for their trip south to participate in a tournament at SIU-Edwardsville and play a match at MO Baptist University.  The LC “B” team played at MO Bap against their JV team and took a loss in four sets.  Lincoln rallied in the first set to erase a 22-18 deficit and win it 25-23.  The Lynx were sparked by the strong jump serve of freshman setter Jake Fleming (Richards HS).  Fleming scored three points and recorded two aces during the comeback.  LC was not able to keep momentum however and dropped the next three sets by scores of 25-18, 25-15 and 25-14.  Freshman Charles Carter (Eisenhower HS) led the Lynx offense with 17 kills.  Freshman middle hitter Will Moore (Lake Park) added five kills and three blocks.

At SIU-E, the LC “A” team went 2-2 to finish second in their pool and third overall in the eight team club event. During pool play, Lincoln defeated teams from SIU-E (25-19, 25-15) and High Performance Club (23-25, 25-16, 15-8), but fell in three sets to the eventual tournament champions from St. Louis University (25-22, 14-25, 15-13).  Lincoln’s second place finish in their pool qualified the team for the Gold Division and a match up against the St. Ambrose JV team in the semi-final match.  Lincoln battled St. Ambrose from start to finish, but lost an extremely competitive match 32-30, 26-24.  On the day, LC was led in kills by sophomore Kyle Murphy (Lake Park) with 25.  Murphy also recorded 32 digs and served 11 points on the day.  Sophomore Greg Scott (North Chicago) had 22 kills and 32 set assists while junior Michael Wesley contributed 17 points, 15 kills and 10 blocks.

LC Coach Mark Tippett: “We certainly had a full day of volleyball on Saturday with both teams in action.  We are learning how to play together and what it takes to win at this level.  When we split squads, it gives more athletes a chance to participate and show what they can do on the court.  I was pleased with the progress I am seeing from the “B” group.  They need to learn to control their emotions a bit in order to play consistently from start to finish.  The “A” group had a strong day overall against some tough competition.  The match with St. Ambrose was intense and we fought off some very aggressive serves to push them to the limit.  We are all looking forward to the rematch with them at our gym on February 9th.”

Lincoln will be at home on Wednesday evening this week for a match against Culver-Stockton at 6:00 PM.