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Men's Volleyball Defeats Geneva (Pa.) in Four Sets

Andrew Soriano (photo courtesy of Athletic Communication Graduate Assistant Hailey Owens)
Andrew Soriano (photo courtesy of Athletic Communication Graduate Assistant Hailey Owens)

BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace men's volleyball team hosted a non-conference match against Geneva (Pa.) College, defeating the Golden Tornadoes 3-1 by set scores of 25-27, 25-15, 25-16, and 25-18.

BW (3-3) was led by sophomore All-MCVL outside hitter Michael Beard (Hilliard/Darby) as posted a double-double, tallying 15 kills and 10 digs. Beard also had four total blocks and two service aces. Sophomore setter Brandon Long (Hinckley/Metea Valley, Ill.) also had an impressive night, finished with a double-double (38 assists and 10 digs). Long also added a career high six service aces. Freshman libero/defensive specialist Andrew Soriano (Aurora, Ill./Benet Academy) also finished with a career high in digs, totaling 21.

Despite dropping the first set by a 27-25 score to Geneva (3-7), the Yellow Jackets turned things around for the remaining three sets, earning wins by 25-15, 25-16, and 25-18 scores. BW earned the edge on the offensive end, outhitting the Tornadoes 48 kills to 39. The Yellow Jackets also hit .231 as a team to Geneva's .099 average. 

On the defensive end, BW also grabbed the advantage in digs (71-44) and total blocks (7-6). The Yellow Jackets also totaled 10 service aces in the match. The teams shared 22 tie scores and there were seven lead changes.

Other notable Yellow Jackets were:

  • Sophomore outside hitter Nick Irelan (Powell/Olentangy Liberty) tallied nine kills and 15 digs.
  • Freshman right side hitter Michael Devlin (Zelienople, Pa./Seneca Valley) earned seven kills and eight digs.
  • Sophomore right side hitter Chris Moehl (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino) added eight kills.

The Yellow Jackets return to play tomorrow, February 5 as they travel to Hiram, Ohio for two non-conference matches. BW will take on Hiram College at 1:00 p.m. and Eastern Mennonite (Va.) University at 3:00 p.m. These matches will take place in Price Gymnasium where no outside spectators are allowed at this time.