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NCAA M: Latin American duo leads Fort Wayne to stunning comeback against conference rivals McKendree

by WoV
source: ncaa.com, Photo: facebook.com/GoMastodons

By beating McKendree on the road, Fort Wayne continued with quite a respectable display in the 2018 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Season.

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The 14th-ranked Fort Wayne Mastodons made an amazing comeback on the road at Statham Sports Center in Lebanon, Illinois, against Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) rivals McKendree Bearcats after being two sets down – 3-2 (28-30, 22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-13). The Puerto Rican sophomore outside hitter Pelegrín Vargas topped the winning side, who improved their record to 9-1 (1-0 in MIVA), with 25 points (6 kill blocks), while Chilean freshman middle blocker Tomás Gago made 8 kill blocks (18 points). In McKendree (3-6 overall, 1-1 in MIVA), senior outside hitter Nolan Rueter scored  25 points (5 kill blocks).

Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters (independent) swept Emmanuel Lions (Carolinas) by a 3-0 (25-18, 26-24, 25-19) at home ground Mary E. Mars Gymnasium in Harrogate, Tennessee. Sophomore opposite Evan Cory led LMU with 16 points (3 aces) while Brazilian sophomore middle blocker Pedro Carvalho made 4 kill blocks (10 points). The Railsplitters now have a 4-5 record, while the Lions dropped to 2-7.

2018 NCAA Men’s Volleyball Season standings, last updated on February 5 (ncaa.com):

RANK

SCHOOL

POINTS

RECORD

PREVIOUS

1

Long Beach State (23)

373

10-0

1

2

UCLA (2)

350

10-1

2

3

Hawaii

323

8-1

3

4

UC Irvine

292

11-2

4

5

Ohio State

286

7-2

5

6

Loyola-Chicago

243

7-2

7

7

BYU

212

6-4

6

8

Lewis

197

6-3

8

9

Penn State

173

5-2

9

10

Grand Canyon

133

10-2

10

11

Pepperdine

124

4-2

12

12

CSUN

116

6-3

11

13

UC Santa Barbara

87

4-4

14

T-14

Fort Wayne

37

8-1

15

T-14

Southern California

37

3-7

13

Individual stats, last updated on February 7

Top 3 scorers (points per set):

  1. Tanner Syftestad (senior opposite, UC San Diego) 6.11
  2. Arvis Greene, Jr. (senior opposite, CSUN) 5.32
  3. Jake Hanes (freshman opposite, Ohio State) 4.75

Top 3 blockers (kill blocks per set):

  1. Aleksandar Perišić (SRB, freshman middle blocker, Queens-NC) 1.538
  2. Scott Stadick (sophomore middle blocker, UC Irvine) 1.404
  3. Tomás Gago (CHI, freshman middle blocker, Fort Wayne) 1.379

Top 3 servers (aces per set):

  1. Alex Harthaller (AUT, senior outside hitter, Pepperdine) .632
  2. Arvis Greene, Jr. (senior opposite, CSUN) .600
  3. Jalen Penrose (senior opposite, Penn State) .593

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