GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Adrian College men's volleyball team opened their season at the Michigan Men's Volleyball Invitational. The Bulldogs split their matches in day one as they defeated Lawrence Tech 3-0 and lost to Aquinas College 3-0. Noah Marcinkowski finished the day with a total of 19 kills for
Final (Match 1): Adrian College 3, Lawrence Tech 0
Final (Match 2): Aquinas College 3, Adrian College 0
Location: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Sturrus Center)
Records: Adrian 1-1, Aquinas 2-0, Lawrence Tech 0-2
HOW IT HAPPENED
Adrian vs. Lawrence Tech
In match one, the Bulldogs started the scoring early by jumping out to a quick 3-0 lead. Adrian continued to be aggressive as Kevin Curley came up with two kills to help the Bulldogs to a 12-5 lead to force Lawrence to take a timeout. Adrian finished the first set strong with Marcinkowski and Tedrick Gula scoring to grab a 25-19 win.
The Bulldogs took their strong energy into set two and took an early 10-4 lead to force another Lawrence timeout. A Lawrence error led Adrian to an eight-point lead to pull ahead for good. A kill by Jake Simpson and Mason Hostetler brought the Bulldogs to a ten-point lead and a 25-15 victory in set two.
Lawrence started set three with their first lead of the match as they gathered a few kills to take a 3-2 lead. Lawrence took advantage of three Adrian errors and added two kills of their own to take a 12-8 lead and force the Bulldogs to use a timeout. Trailing by seven, Adrian put together a 9-2 run led by Marcinkowski to tie the set 21-21. With the set tied 25-25, Curley picked up a kill and the Bulldogs took advantage of a Lawrence error to win the match 3-0.
Adrian vs. Aquinas
In set one of the team's second match of the day, the Bulldogs fell behind early as Aquinas took a 12-6 lead. After an Adrian timeout, the Bulldogs sparked a small run to stay in the game. Kills by Gula and Curley kept the team alive, but Aquinas came away with a 25-18 set one win.
Set two started with a back-and-forth battle. With the score tied 6-6, Aquinas went on two separate 4-0 runs to take a 15-11 lead and force an Adrian timeout. After the timeout, the Bulldogs scored on a service error, but Aquinas came back with another run to lead by seven. Adrian went down 2-0 after they were defeated in set two 25-16.
The third set was a battle between both teams with Adrian kept their hopes alive as they took a 14-13 lead after an Aquinas ball handling error. The Bulldogs fell behind on another 4-0 run by Aquinas to lead by five. Trailing 23-19, Adrian took a timeout to regather themselves to come away with a victory. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, their battle ended as Aquinas won set three 25-19 to win the match 3-0.
Due to inclement weather, the matches that were originally scheduled for Saturday, January 11 have been postponed and moved to Sunday, January 12. Adrian will face Siena Heights at 12:00 PM and Olivet College at 4:00 PM to complete the Michigan Men's Volleyball Invitational.