NAIA: Lindenwood Sweeps Stritch in Semifinals
PARKVILLE, Mo. - Jared Kreienkamp had 15 kills to lead three Lions in double figures, as Lindenwood University pushed past Cardinal Stritch Friday evening in the NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational Tournament at Park University's Breckon Sports Center.
Lindenwood (37-3) also had 10 kills from Charles Spicer and 12 from Devin Shiroma, while Stritch (22-6) finished with one double-figure offensive performer, as Vladimir Frenc ended the night with 16 kills.
The Lions broke open the first set late, taking a 15-15 tie and turning it into a 10-point, 27-17 lead on an attacking error by the Wolves. LU finished with three of the final four points to take a 1-0 match lead, getting its final point on a kill by Tyler Dolph.
Lindenwood used fewer serves to build its lead in set two, going up 18-11 on Shiroma's service ace, and despite splitting the final 24 serves of the set, the Lions came away with a 30-18 victory, going up 2-0 in the match.
Cardinal Stritch made things interesting in the third set, leading late on a kill by Jacob Cosson and a Lion error that made it 20-18.
Lindenwood fired back to tie the game with the next two points at 20-20, and the Lions continued to run, scoring the next three to take a 23-20 lead on a kill by Kreienkamp. Lindenwood was a score away from finishing a four-point victory in the third set before the Wolves went on a 3-0 run, tying the game at 29 on back-to-back Lion errors.
The two teams split points to a 30-all tie before Shiroma came through with a kill to make it 31-30, and Lindenwood secured its trip to the championship match with an error on the Wolves, ending the set and the match, 32-30.
The win pushed Lindenwood into Saturday's championship match with California Baptist, which is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. in Parkville. Live stats for the match can be followed play-by-play at www.parkathletics.com/livestats, and live video of the match is also available online by logging on to www.park.edu/sportslive.
Article courtesy of Park athletics.