LINCOLN, IL — The Lincoln College Men’s Volleyball team won twice at home on Tuesday evening.
First, the LC B team defeated the Missouri Baptist University JV (NAIA) in four sets then the Lincoln A team took down the Greenville College (NCAA DIII) varsity in a three-set sweep.
Lincoln’s first matches of the season were at Greenville in January. At that event, the Lynx A team lost to the Panthers in four close sets.
Set one of the rematch was another nail-biter as both teams came out with intensity and battled their way to a 23-23 tie. LC gained the upper hand at that point on a tip kill by freshman right side hitter Ramon Matos (Chicago) to give the Lynx a set-point opportunity. Sophomore setter Greg Scott (North Chicago) then entered the game to serve. On the ensuing volley, Lincoln’s libero Joudiel Poveymirow (Puerto Rico) came up with a diving save off of a Greenville block which Scott then sent over the net. The ball found the floor in the center of the Panther’s defense to give the Lynx a 25-23 opening set win.
Set two was just as closely contested as set one. The two teams traded side outs most of the way up to a 14-14 tie score. Later, LC was able to grab a slim two-point lead after a kill by sophomore right side hitter Charles Carter (Blue Island) put his team up 18-16 and sent junior setter Brian Orellana (Chicago) behind the service line. Orellana would deliver four points in a row with one coming on an ace, another on a block by Ramon Matos and a third on an overpass kill by sophomore middle hitter Deantrius Coleman (North Chicago). Lincoln would ride the momentum gained from that run of points to win the set 25-19.
In set three, the Lynx were all business as they used aggressive serving and strong play at the net to build an early four-point lead that grew into as much as an eight-point advantage at 19-11. LC would hold off a Greenville comeback attempt to take the set 25-20.
The Lynx were led in kills in the match by senior middle hitter Michael Wesley (North Chicago) with nine. Outside hitter Corey Poindexter, a junior from Overton, Missouri, finished just one kill behind Wesley with eight. Setters Brian Orellana and Greg Scott combined for an impressive 41 set assists, while libero Joudiel Poveymirow again led his team in digs with 24. Orellana led LC in points served with 12.
The victory improved the Lincoln College A team’s overall record to 10-2 on the year.
Lincoln College Head Coach Mark Tippett is satisfied by the progress his A team has shown this season. “We have really started to click as a unit over the past week,” said Tippett. “To come out and defeat a team as strong as Greenville, which we lost to just a few weeks ago, shows how far they have come,” he added.
In the opening match against Missouri Baptist, Lincoln B took the first two sets by comfortable margins (25-18, 25-17). Outside hitters Jack Lindner (Oak Lawn) and Michael Konczal (Blue Island) were reliable options for the offense as they racked up 12 kills between them in the two sets.
In set three, the LC serve receive ran into some trouble early on. Several hitting errors in one rotation contributed to an 11-4 advantage for MO Bap. The Lynx managed to work their way out of the deficit and were able to tie the score at 16-16, but were unable to complete the comeback and lost set three 25-21.
In set four, LC got back on track to lead from start to finish. Lincoln was able to end the match with a 25-22 victory.
Puerto Rico natives Miguel Reyes and Luey Marquez ran the offense efficiently while setting and provided offensive punch when needed as right side hitting options. Reyes had 16 set assists in the match and seven kills while Marquez recorded 12 set assists and five kills of his own. Middle hitter William Moore (Hanover Park) was a force at the net for Lincoln. Moore had five kills and five blocks in the match. Right side hitter Brandon Savage (Springfield) saw action in the front row as well and added two kills and two blocks to the team’s total. Libero Trent Keilion (Princeville) was active on defense for LC by contributing a team-high 14 digs and he served eight points.
Lincoln B is now 7-4 on the season.
LC Coach Mark Tippett is also pleased with what he saw from his B squad. According to Tippett, “Our B group is not a typical JV by any means. They have all the weapons and skills needed to compete at a high level and they showed that again tonight.”
The Lincoln teams will split up this weekend as the B team will stay home to play a Friday evening match against Robert Morris College (Chicago) at 6:30 PM. The Lincoln A team will travel north to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to participate in the Midwest DII Invitational Tournament.