Mount Olive Caps Weekend With Pair Of Five-Set Wins


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MT. OLIVE, N.C.- Pedro Penate became Mount Olive men's volleyball all-time career digs leader and Mike Carroll keyed a fifth-set scoring run with six consecutive service points as Mount Olive capped a perfect weekend with a 30-27, 31-33, 19-30, 30-25, 15-8 victory over Lees-McRae in the final contest of the Trojan men's volleyball quad match Saturday at Kornegay Arena. Earlier in the day, Mount Olive saw a two-set lead evaporate before holding on to defeat Grand Canyon 30-21, 30-24, 24-30, 28-30, 15-10.

All three of Saturday's matches went the full five sets as Lees-McRae opened the day with a 30-12, 23-30, 28-30, 30-25, 15-12 win over Grand Canyon. Colin Kelly led the Bobcats with 20 kills, while Robert Ritchie tallied 14 digs. Juan Ramirez chipped in with 53 assists and Ryan Black had 12 kills and six blocks.

In the first set of Mount Olive's (3-0) game against Grand Canyon (0-3) the Trojans opened the set up with a couple of kills by Camilo Guerci to put Mount Olive up to stay. The closest the Antelopes got was two points, but the Trojans broke away when Alex Hoekstra faked an assist and scored a kill to go up 22-18. Mount Olive ended the set on a pair of back-to-back aces from Jose Lanier.

The second set began with an ace from Grand Canyon's Tyson Crandell, but was followed up with a kill from Mount Olive's Noel Garcia. Then back-to-back kills from Guerci tied the score and gave the Trojans the lead 12-11. Penate's kill tied the score at 16 and led to an ace from Kyle Lewis to put Mount Olive up to stay. The Trojans ended the set on a block from Penate.

Penate opened up the set with a kill, but the Antelopes came roaring back with a 5-0 run to go up 5-1. The Trojans rallied bringing the Grand Canyon lead to as little as 3, on a double-block from Carroll and Guerci, to as much as six but it wasn't enough as the Antelope took the set.

Lanier scored the first two point for Mount Olive in the fourth set on a kill and an ace. Garcia's ace tied the set up at 5, but Grand Canyon went up 13-10 on kills from Brennan Zotovich and Crandell. Garcia's kill tied the score up at 18 and a double block from Garcia and Lanier gave the Trojans their first lead since the opening scores but the Antelope were just too much as Grand Canyon rallied back to close the set out.

In the final set, Mount Olive went up 4-0 on a double block and kills from Garcia and Lanier. Grand Canyon pulled to as close as two with kills from Taylor Griffin and Zotovich but the Trojans held the lead and closed the match out on a block and kill from Penate.

Penate led Mount Olive with 21 kills and six digs, while Hoekstra tallied 56 assists. Alex Reimundo tallied 11 digs and Garcia recorded 13 kills, seven digs, and four blocks.

In the first set of Mount Olive's second match the Trojans went up 2-0 on a Guerci kill. Lees-McRae (1-1) stayed within striking distance and tied the score up at 19 on a kill from Black and going up 20-19 on Chad Mercado's kill. Lanier's kill tied the score up at 20 and Penate's kill put the Trojans up 26-25 to stay.

Lees-McRae took an early lead on an kills from Kelly, but the Trojans held in there, pulling within one at 14-15 on kills and a block from Carroll. Kills from Lanier tied the score up at 21 and a clutch kills from Garcia and Penate gave the Trojans set point, but Lees-McRae weathered the storm to take the set.

The Bobcats opened up the set on a 6-0 run that was doused by Hoekstra's fake-assist kill. A pair of kills by Lanier held the lead to five, but that's as close as it got as kills from Black and Kelly propelled Lees-McRae to win the set.

Lees-McRae jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Mount Olive rallied back to tie the set at six on Penate's kill. The lead switched back and forth as the Trojans went up 13-11 on a Guerci kill but the Bobcats went on a 4-0 to take the lead 15-13. Garcia's two kills put Mount Olive up 21-20 to force a fifth set.

Mount Olive went down early as Kelly's kill gave the Bobcats a 1-0 lead. Then the Trojans came charging as a double block from Garcia and Carroll sparked an 8-2 run, capped off by a diving dig by Garcia that kept play alive leading to a solo block from Hoekstra to put Mount Olive up 12-4. Lees-McRae didn't give up, going on a 4-0 run but the Trojans ended the match as the Bobcats tried to block a Trojan kill attempt, which rolled across the net landing out of bounds on Lees-McRae.

Penate tallied 19 kills and nine digs, while Lanier had 14 kills. Garcia added 10 kills, nine digs and four blocks.
Colin Kelly led Lees-McRae with 23 kills, while Raphael Vieira recorded 18 digs.

Mount Olive returns to action Friday as the Trojans travel to Harrisonburg, Va. to take on Eastern Mennonite. Match time is 6 p.m.

Article courtesy of Mount Olive athletics.

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