No. 11 IPFW Rebounds with Sweep of Park

2/16/2008

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Fort Wayne, Ind. - No. 11 IPFW bounced back from a loss at Lewis last night with a, 3-0 sweep of NAIA No. 2 Park University on Saturday night at the Hilliard Gates Sports Center.

The Mastodons topped the Pirates by the scores of 30-27, 30-20, and 30-28.

Park shortened up their bench for this one, only playing seven players in the match, trying to keep their best players on the floor against the Mastodons.

The Pirates started out quickly in the opening game, holding the lead a lead at 26-24.

IPFW called timeout to regroup, and they did, winning six of the final seven points, the last on a kill by senior outside hitter C.J. Macias to take game one, 30-27.

The 'Dons had an easier time of it in the second game as senior outside hitter Brock Ullrich put down one of his 10 kills to give IPFW an, 18-11 lead.

Freshman middle Oliver Kook and senior opposite Jason Yhost combined on a block to seal game two, giving the 'Dons a, 2-0 lead.

IPFW held the lead in the final game for all but one point, improving to 6-4 on the season with the sweep.

Park lost for the first time after winning their first 11 matches. Henry Uribe led the Pirates with 13 kills.

Macias also put down 13 balls for the Mastodons. Ullrich was the only other 'Don in double-digit kills.

IPFW was stout on the block, outblocking the Pirates, 18.5 to 5.5. Senior setter Graydon Ainsworth recorded five solo blocks and three block assists. He also dished out 41 assists.

IPFW will take part in the Morgan Hall of Fame Classic next weekend in Virginia. The Mastodons face host George Mason on Friday night and then face either Springfield College or USC on Saturday night.

Article courtesy of IPFW athletics.

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