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Saints Can't Complete Upset of #9 Aquinas

Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie
Photo Courtesy of Mike Dickie

ADRIAN, Mich. -- The Siena Heights men's volleyball team won the first two sets of the match against No. 9 Aquinas, but the visiting Saints rallied to force a fifth set and pulled out the 3-2 victory. Keegan Crawford (Columbus, Ohio) led the SHU Saints with a 40-assist, 16-dig double-double in the losing effort.


Final Score: Aquinas 3, Siena Heights 2 (23-25, 23-25 ,25-23, 25-21, 15-11)

Location: Adrian, Michigan (SHU Fieldhouse)

Records: Aquinas (4-1, 1-0 WHAC), Siena Heights (3-6, 0-1 WHAC)


The home Saints used a 5-0 run to build a 6-2 lead. Aquinas would tie the score a few times, but SHU would retake the lead each time on the way to a 25-23 decision and a 1-0 lead. 

The second set saw Siena Heights score points in bunches, eventually building a 20-12 lead. The AQ Saints would mount a large comeback and get within two points of tying, but the SHU Saints were able to hold on for the 2-0 advantage. 

Aquinas took a 12-10 lead early in the third, but a 4-0 run by Siena Heights gave the home team a 17-14 edge that forced a timeout by the AQ Saints. SHU held a 21-19 lead late, but a 3-0 run by Aquinas helped them push to a two-point win and cut the deficit to 2-1.

The home Saints tied the score at seven and 14 in the fourth set but Aquinas forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-21 decision.

A 4-0 run gave the Saints in maroon a 9-6 lead and proved to be the difference in the match as Aquinas finished things out with a 15-11 victory to take the match.


• Crawford added two service aces and three blocks to his stat line in the match.

Kevin Gomez (La Estrella, Colombia) finished with 12 kills, two aces, three digs, and four blocks.

Bryce Johnson (Pickerington, Ohio) managed 10 kills, nine digs, and three blocks.

Emilier De Jesus (Chesterton, Ind.) had a team-high 20 digs while adding three assists and two aces.


• Kills: Zane Moothart, 22; Joshua Boothroyd 20; Will Donald, 16

• Assists: Colby Elder, 68

• Digs: Josh Evers, 27; Ruben Lopez, 16


The Saints hit the road to face Lawrence Tech in the first WHAC road contest of the season. The match is set for a 7:00 p.m., EST, opening serve.