No. 15 George Mason Sweeps IPFW
FAIRFAX, Va. - No. 15 George Mason bounced back from yesterday's tough five-game loss to Loyola Chicago in resounding fashion, sweeping the IPFW Mastodons in three games in nonconference men's volleyball action on Saturday evening at the Field House. The Patriots hit .414 as a team to improve their record to 2-1 on the season.
The loss is the first of the season for IPFW, whose record now stands at 3-1 overall. The Mastodons' attack struggled in the match, finishing with a hitting percentage of .151 as a unit.
Mason got off to a rough start in the first game, losing the first three points. After senior Brandon McLaughlin registered a kill to put the Patriots on the board, the Green and Gold regrouped to tie the score at seven. The two sides traded points back-and-forth until Mason took a 12-11 lead that it never relinquished on its way to a 30-23 win.
In the second game, George Mason took an early 4-3 lead when freshman Andrew Dentler recorded a kill off an assist from sophomore Eric Lucas. After taking the lead, Mason never trailed again, winning by a final score of 30-22.
The third game was the most competitive of the night, with nine ties and three lead changes. Leading 19-18, Mason won four consecutive points to put the game out of reach for the Mastodons. The Patriots closed out the game with a 13-8 run.
Senior Kyle Gramit led the Patriots in kills for the third consecutive match, with 14 on 24 swings. Gramit added eight digs and three aces in the win. Dentler also recorded double-digit kills, finishing with 11 on 20 attacks for a hitting percentage of .500. Lucas paced the Patriots with nine digs.
The only Mastodon to reach double figures in kills was junior Oliver Kook, who recorded 10 while hitting at a .571 clip. Sophomore Ben Duckworth tallied nine digs to lead IPFW.
George Mason hits the road for its next match, traveling to Muncie, Ind. to take on Ball State on Thursday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The match will be the first road contest of the 2009 season for the Patriots.
Article courtesy of George Mason athletics.