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Men’s Volleyball Falls to Geneva (Pa.) in Non-Conference Road Contest

Michael Devlin (photo courtesy of Lauren Gardner '25)
Michael Devlin (photo courtesy of Lauren Gardner '25)

BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Baldwin Wallace University men's volleyball team faced Geneva (Pa.) College for a road non-conference matchup inside Methany Fieldhouse. The Yellow Jackets fell to the Golden Tornadoes 3-1 by set scores of 28-30, 25-18, 23-25, and 20-25.

BW (6-9) was led by freshman right side hitter Michael Devlin (Zelienople, Pa./Seneva Valley) as he totaled 21 kills, eight digs, and four blocks on Geneva (10-10). Sophomore All-MCVL outside hitter Michael Beard (Hilliard/Darby) also posted 20 kills and 14 digs in the match. Sophomore setter Brandon Long (Hinckley/Metea Valley, Ill.) dished out 51 assists and added 14 digs.

1st Set

  • BW earned the early 13-9 lead to cause a Golden Tornado timeout
  • Geneva worked its way back, tying it up 18-18
  • The teams stayed deadlocked late in the match, tied at 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28
  • Two errors by the Yellow Jackets gave Geneva the first set win 30-28

2nd Set

  • A 11-6 BW advantage early forced Geneva to its first timeout
  • The Yellow Jackets began to pull away, creating a substantial 19-11 lead to force the Golden Tornadoes to their second and final timeout
  • Geneva closed the gap to four points late (22-18), but BW pulled away to grab the set win 25-18.

3rd Set

  • The Yellow Jackets trailed 7-3 to the Golden Tornadoes to start
  • BW battled its way back to tie it 12-12
  • Geneva went up 19-16 to force BW to a timeout
  • The Golden Tornadoes tallied two in a row to go up 21-16 out of the break
  • Despite BW tying the game 23-23, Geneva notched the last two points, going up 2-1 in the match

4th Set

  • The Yellow Jackets trailed 17-11 to the Golden Tornadoes
  • BW grabbed two points to force Geneva to a timeout (17-13 Golden Tornadoes)
  • The Yellow Jackets took a timeout as Geneva earned a late 20-16 advantage
  • The Golden Tornadoes closed out the set (25-20) and match (3-1)

Despite BW leading Geneva in total kills (58-45), the Yellow Jackets also totaled 30 hitting errors to the Golden Tornadoes' 17 total. BW also tallied 19 service errors in the match. Geneva was strong at the net, outblocking the Yellow Jackets 18-11 as a team.

The Yellow Jackets return to the court Friday, March 4 as they remain on the road, traveling to Springfield to face Wittenberg University. The big MCVL conference matchup is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. inside the Pam Evans Smith Arena.