Posted: Feb 24, 2018
DAVENPORT, Iowa - The Illinois Tech men's volleyball team traveled to St. Ambrose University on Saturday, opposing both Augustana College and St. Ambrose. Tech fell to the Vikings 3-2 before being defeated by the Fighting Bees 3-0, moving to 7-11 on the season. The match originally scheduled for 4:00 p.m. against Graceland was cancelled.
- Augustana 3, Tech 2 (24-26, 21-25, 25-17, 25-16, 11-15)
- St. Ambrose 3, Tech 0 (24-26, 14-25, 19-25)
How It Happened - Augustana Match
- The Vikings were able to narrowly defeat the Scarlet Hawks in the first two sets despite Tech's offense outhitting Augie in both, as the Hawks recorded .257 and .222 hit percentages
- In sets three and four, the script flipped. Tech's offense began to overwhelm the Vikings, hitting an astounding .440% and .338% to win both sets comfortably.
- Set five was Augustana's best offensive set of the game, finally outhitting Tech with a .500 hit percentage. The Vikings built a 5-1 lead, which the Scarlet Hawks were unable to recover from.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts - Augustana Match
- Cinjun Coe continues to prove why he is one of Division III's top freshman. He was dominant with 28 kills, 10 digs, a .511 hit percentage, and just four errors in 47 attempts on the attack.
- Robeck was a force at the net once again, accumulating nine kills with a .438 hit percentage and four total blocks (one solo, three assisted).
- Ben Peschl had 41 assists.
- Lukasz Kupiec had a double-double of 11 kills and 11 digs. His dig total led the team.
Stats to Know - Augustana Match
- Service aces is what did the Hawks in, as the Vikings outdid the Hawks 7-1 in the category.
- Despite the loss, Tech hit .311% compared to Augie's .189%.
- The hit percentages led to a 60-46 kills advantage for the Hawks.
How it Happened - St. Ambrose Match
- Tech's first set was its best of the match, as the Hawks hung with the 12-4 Fighting Bees throughout. While STA led 11-6 early, a 4-0 run highlights by kills from Coe and Easton Kays pulled the Hawks to within one at 17-16. The teams then traded the next 14 points until a Bee attack error tied the set at 24-24. However, STA would score the final two points on a kill and an ace to win set one.
- The momentum carried into the next two sets for the Bees. St. Ambrose built a 15-7 lead in the second set, propelling the team to a dominant win. Set three was similar, with the hosts leading 14-8 early on and never relinquishing.
Scarlet Hawk Standouts and Stats to Know - St. Ambrose Match
- Coe (nine) and Kupiec (seven) led the team in kills. Peschl (13) led the squad in assists. Robeck (three) was the leader in blocks. Coe also totaled two service aces.
- St. Ambrose hit to the tune of .341% while holding Tech to .056%.
- The Fighting Bees doubled the Scarlet Hawks in aces 6-3.
- Illinois Tech will head south to Trinity Christian on Wednesday in Palos Heights, Illinois for a 1:00 p.m. match.