McKendree's men's volleyball team collects its first win

Special to the News-DemocratJanuary 25, 2014 

It was a historic day for the McKendree University men's volleyball program as the Bearcats notched their first-ever win at Dominican University on Saturday.

The Bearcats outlasted the host Dominican Stars in four sets to break into the win column.

McKendree then dropped a five-set heartbreaker to the College of Mount St. Joseph to finish the day with a split of tw

There were a lot of standouts for McKendree (1-2) during the two matches.

Freshman right-side hitter Maalik Walker had a team-leading 13 kills in the win against Dominican and finished the day with 20 attacks. Freshman outside hitter Dustin Borenstein also had 20 kills in the two matches, with 12 coming against the host Stars.

Freshman outside hitter Andrew Schnittker put down 18 of his 20 kills in the five-set match with Mount St. Joseph. Freshman setter Jack MacLean handed out 94 assists, including 56 in the Mount St. Joseph match.

Freshman libero Brice Miller anchored the back row for the Bearcats with 25 digs, reaching double figures in both contests. Freshman right-side hitter Eric Abrolat led McKendree at the net with 10 blocks while Walker added eight blocks.

In the opener, McKendree and Dominican split the first two sets before the Bearcats were able to grab control late in sets three and four to collect their historic victory. McKendree won by scores of 25-20, 14-25, 25-23 and 25-21.

Against Mount St. Joseph, McKendree trailed two sets to one before rallying in the fourth set to knot the contest. However, the Lions were able to grab a late lead in the deciding set to earn the victory. Mount St. Joseph won by scores of 20-25, 25-20, 25-21, 24-26 and 15-13.

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