Men’s volleyball team splits season-opening matches in home triangular

Men’s volleyball team splits season-opening matches in home triangular

OLIVET, Mich. – The Olivet College men's volleyball team split two matches in its season-opening triangular inside The Cutler Event Center in Olivet. The Comets swept Brooklyn (N.Y.) College in three sets before falling to Fontbonne (Mo.) University in four sets.

Final Score:
Olivet def. Brooklyn 25-22, 25-15, 25-23
Location: The Cutler Event Center; Olivet, Mich.
Records: Olivet 1-0 overall, Brooklyn 0-1 overall


  • In the first set, the Bulldogs held a three-point lead, 14-11.  The Comets came back with a 4-0 run, including three straight aces by senior Luke DeWitt to take a 15-14 lead. Brooklyn answered with three consecutive points to go back up 17-15. The teams then caused six tied scores. After the last one at 22-22, Olivet ended the set with a 3-0 scoring spurt to win the set, 25-22.
  • Following a 6-6 deadlock in the second set, the Comets scored the next point and did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the set.
  • After the Bulldogs led 1-0 in the third set, Olivet put six straight points. The Comets would stretch their lead to eight points, 20-12. Brooklyn fought back and cut its deficit down to a single point, 24-20, before a kill by freshman Brock Pringle closed the set and match.


  • For the match, Olivet recorded 39 kills, with 18 errors on 79 attempts for a .139 attacking percentage.
  • DeWitt finished with 10 kills. He had only two attack errors on 14 swings for a .571 hitting percentage.
  • Freshman Trent Robinson registered eight kills to go along with a team-leading seven digs.
  • As a team, the Comets served 14 aces, including four each for DeWitt and freshman Andrew McCormick.
  • Freshman Mathew Caamal dished out 23 set assists.


  • Brooklyn posted a .100 attack percentage on 23 kills and 16 errors on 70 attempts.
  • Rudy Zhao had a team-best 10 kills and 10 digs.
  • Vaughn Titus recorded eight kills.
  • Eddie Peng collected 13 set assists.


Final Score: Fontbonne def. Olivet 25-20, 25-15, 23-25, 25-21
Location: The Cutler Event Center; Olivet, Mich.
Records: Olivet 1-0 overall, Fontbonne 2-0 overall


  • The Comets opened the first set on a 10-2 run. Olivet continued to lead at 15-10 before the Griffins went on a 7-0 run to take a 17-15 lead. Fontbonne did not give the lead for the rest of the set.
  • Olivet only led briefly in the second set, 2-1. The Griffins scored four straight points for a 5-2 advantage and never looked back.
  • The Griffins led the third set by four points, 10-6. The Comets fought back to tie the set 12-12. Fontbonne then took a 17-16 lead. Olivet put the next three points on the scoreboard for a 19-17 lead. The Griffins responded their own 3-0 run to regain the lead 20-19. The teams traded points for a 21-20 score.  The Comets had three consecutive points to go up 23-21 before two Olivet errors leveled the score at 23-23. A DeWitt kill, followed by a Fontbonne attack error let the Comets win the set 25-23.
  • The fourth set saw the Griffins take a four-point lead, 10-6.  Olivet got as close as one point on three occasions, with the last time being 15-14.


  • Olivet had a .168 hitting percentage on 42 kills and 21 errors on 125 attempts.
  • McCormick slammed down a team-leading 14 kills
  • DeWitt joined him in double figures with 12 kills.
  • McCormick and DeWitt had identical .194 attack percentages.
  • Robinson and junior Rhett Pringle each had three services aces.
  • Robinson collected a team-best eight digs.
  • Caamal registered 36 set assists.


  • With 54 kills and 18 errors on 116 attempts, Fontbonne had a .310 attack percentage.
  • Stephen Lendy recorded a match-best 18 kills, followed by Brendon Schwartze with 15.
  • Kyler van Rossum-O'Connell and Jacob Lendy split time at setter, dishing out 25 and 15 assists, respectively.
  • Zach Rothstein led the team with 11 digs.


  • Tonight's matches were the start of the second season as a varsity sport for the men's volleyball program.
  • DeWitt's and McCormick's four aces against Brooklyn were a single-match school record.
  • The team's 14 aces against Brooklyn are also a single-match school record.
  • In the third match of the triangular, Fontbonne beat Brooklyn in three sets 25-15, 25-11, 25-19.


  • Olivet opens Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League play next Friday when it hosts preseason favorite Carthage (Wis.) College at 7 p.m.