CINCINNATI – After picking up its first win during its season-opener against Campbellsville on Tuesday evening, CCU gears up for its first quad match of 2017 at the Jim Coleman Invitational at Wittenberg this weekend (Jan. 20 and 21). On Friday, the Eagles face Southern Virginia at 6 p.m., followed by Hilbert at 8 p.m. Saturday's match against Lincoln Memorial will take place at 3:30 p.m.
Cincinnati Christian (1-0, 1-0) topped Campbellsville in straight sets by a score of 25-15, 28-26 and 25-16. The Eagles piled up a .312 hitting percentage and held the Tigers to just .205. As a squad, CCU piled up 31 kills and forced 18 Campbellsville errors.
Michael Hiroskey handed out a team-high 24 assists and five digs for CCU.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY
SVU enters its inaugural season of men's volleyball in the spring of 2017. Southern Virginia's men's volleyball program will begin competition in spring 2017 and hopes to join the Continental Volleyball Conference the following year (2018). The CVC is an all-volleyball NCAA Division III conference with an automatic bid to the NCAA DIII national tournament.
A member of the Capital Athletic Conference, Southern Virginia University will join Marymount University as one of only two schools in the CAC to sponsor a varsity men's volleyball program.
Located in Buena Vista, Va., Southern Virginia University is a private, liberal arts college with a code of honor based on LDS values and a faith-supportive campus for Latter-day Saints.
SCOUTING HILBERT COLLEGE
Hilbert opens up its 2017 campaign at the Jim Coleman Invitational this weekend. The Hawks concluded the 2016 season with an 11-17 record and going 8-8 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference.
Head coach Christopher Krueger enters his third season guiding the Hawks. He welcomes back a three veterans who helped the Hawks set a new program win record a year ago.
Guiding the offense will be senior setter Adam Heftka, the current program's All-Time assist leader (1,986) who set a new single season record with 773 assists last year. His main passing target will be to sophomore outside hitter Michael Podgorny, a Second-Team all conference selection in both the NEAC and AMCC leagues after he averaged 2.77 kills and 1.67 digs per set. Also returning is junior Tanner Makowski, last season's Most Improved Player on the team. The middle blocker came on strong as the season progressed and finished with a 1.33 kills per set average.
SCOUTING LINCOLN MEMORIAL
Lincoln Memorial made the program's Mary Mars Gymnasium debut memorable by notching the first win in program history with a 3-2 victory over Alderson Broaddus last Saturday. The Railsplitters were beaten 25-23 in the opening set, but rebounded by taking set two 25-18, which was the first set win for the first-year program. After winning the third set and dropping the fourth, the Railsplitters pulled off a 16-14 win in set five to clinch the match.
Cory, Carvalho and Riblett are leading the Railsplitters offensively. Cory has a team-high 31 kills and 2.82 per set, while Carvalho is hitting .341 this season with 1.91 kills per frame. Riblett has produced 1.82 kills per set with 20 total putdowns. Setter Ryan Iskandar (Tempe, Ariz.) has also been effective as an attacker, collecting 15 kills on 29 attempts for a remarkable .414 clip.
The Eagles take the next week to prepare for conference opponent Bluefield College on the road next Saturday (Jan. 28). First serve is set for 2 p.m.