Another day, another sweep for the top-ranked Carthage men’s volleyball team.
But this one was far from easy.
Playing in St. Louis on Saturday afternoon, the Red Men earned a hard-fought, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23 Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League victory over host Fontbonne to improve to 17-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play.
Fontbonne fell to 17-2 and 2-2 in conference play.
Carthage trailed by as many as three points in the opening set, before back-to-back kills by Evan Walsh (15 kills) and Matt Slivinski (14 kills, nine digs) broke the 23-23 tie and secured the victory for the Red Men.
The second and third sets were just as tight.
Carthage held a 24-21 lead in the second set on a kill by Walsh before two straight errors pulled the Griffins within a point. Slivinski ended the threat with a kill off an assist by Matt Reinsel (41 assists).
Fontbonne held its only lead in the third set at 1-0 before the Red Men eventually built a five-point lead at 21-16 on a Griffins’ hitting error. A Carthage service error pulled Fontbonne within a point at 24-23 before a kill by Slivinski closed the match.
Other Carthage leaders were Parker Connolly (six kills), Braeden Waumans (six kills) and Kyle Cohan (10 digs).
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The visiting Red Men trailed by just two goals after the first period, but were outscored by 11 in the middle two quarters and fell in Buena Vista, Va.
Leaders for Carthage (6-2) were Noah Lindner (five goals), Brody Ilstrup (two goals) and Gavin Kaepernick (two goals).
Sam Kotsonas and Kyle Guthrie each had 10 saves for the Red Men, while Zerik Rodriguez had four.