WHITING, Ind. – The Calumet College of St. Joseph men’s volleyball team kicked off their 2018 season Friday evening as they welcomed Siena Heights University to the Rittenmeyer Center. After winning one match all of last season, the men put forth an incredible effort against a Saints team that has been receiving votes in the NAIA national poll. Unfortunately, they allowed too many extended rallies, falling 3-0 (21-25, 13-25, 23-25) to SHU in Whiting.
In the first set, Siena Heights (1-0, 0-0 WHAC) started off strong, taking the first four points of the match. CCSJ (0-1, 0-0 CCAC) was quick to climb back into it however. The Wave would tie the game up at eight before falling behind again, eventually dropping the set 21-25. The Crimson and Gray were never able to put together a consistent effort in the second set, committing eight errors and hitting -.029 in the eventual 13-25 set loss. Calumet found their footing once again entering into what would be the final set of the evening. The Crimson Wave hit a game high .214, and forced the Saints to created six errors. If it wasn’t for a five-point stretch from the Saints halfway through the set, the match might have been extended to a fourth game. Instead the match ended there with the Wave falling just short 23-25.
Trevor Wagner (JR/Oak Lawn, Ill.) led the team in kills with eight on the night, while Liam Fagan(SR/Crete, Ill.) assembled 11 digs. Freshman Roberto Morales (FR/Calumet City, Ill.) had an impressive debut with 22 assists, and Tim Williams (SR/Aurora, Ill.) ended the evening with 1.5 blocks.
CCSJ will now have plenty of time to game plan for their next matchup. They won’t hit the court again until January 30th, when they take on Judson University, which will be both their road and CCAC opener.
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