The Carthage men’s volleyball team opened its Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League season with a pair of victories at Tarble Arena.
Carthage defeated Mount St. Joseph, 27-25, 25-15, 26-24, on Friday and swept Trine, 25-14, 25-20, 25-18, a day later.
The Red Men, who were ranked fourth in the latest AVCA coaches poll, extended their winning streak to seven and improved to 14-1 with the victories.
Evan Walsh had 10 kills, nine digs and an ace for the Red Men in the victory over Mount St. Joseph (4-11). Matt Slivinski added nine kills and an ace. Conner Lilly had seven kills and five blocks.
Matt Reinsel finished with an ace, three blocks, five digs and a team-high 35 assists for Carthage. Kyle Cohan contributed 17 digs and an assist.
Walsh tallied 12 kills and eight digs in the win over Trine, which fell to 4-14. Blake Arnold chipped in 10 kills, two blocks and an ace. Eric Winter finished with eight kills and three blocks. Kai Cromwell added six digs and two aces.
Reinsel had a team-high 22 assists and an ace. Lilly (three blocks), Jacob Allard (16 assists) and Cohan (eight digs) also played well for Carthage.
Carthage 18, DePauw 17
The undefeated Red Men withstood a late DePauw rally in a non-conference victory Saturday in Greencastle, Ind.
DePauw exploded for four goals in a span of 5 minutes, 21 seconds to trim the lead to 18-17, but the Red Men held the Tigers scoreless over the final 1:55 to hang on for the win. Carthage improved to 4-0, while DePauw remained winless at 0-3.
Carthage senior Andy Szun scored two of his team-high six goals in the fourth quarter. Noah Lindner added five goals, followed by Colin Poitras with four, Ethan Flight with two and Brody Ilstrup with one.
The Red Men erased a 3-2 deficit with seven goals in the second quarter for a 9-8 halftime lead. Carthage outscored the Tigers 4-3 in the third quarter and padded its advantage to 18-13 on Lindner’s unassisted goal with 7:13 left.
Carthage 9, Aurora (Ill.) 6
The Reds snapped a 6-6 tie with three unanswered goals in the final 12 minutes of a non-conference road win over the Spartans.
Greigh Hoeft scored to give Carthage the lead for good with 11:28 left and assisted on Alexa VanOrd’s goal about two minutes later for an 8-6 lead. Margaux Giacotto closed the scoring with an unassisted goal with 5:41 remaining.
Nicole Bowman led the Reds (3-2) to a 5-4 halftime lead with four goals in the first 30 minutes. Giacotto finished with two goals, while Jessie Gibson added one.
Claire Carlson had a hat trick for the Spartans (0-1).
Women’s water polo
Carthage 7, Wittenberg 4
Monmouth 15, Carthage 6
The Reds kicked off the Collegiate Water Polo Association season with a split at the West Region I Tournament in Springfield, Ohio.
Maddi Marsh and Sophie Flott led the Reds (1-5) to their first win of the season with two goals apiece against the Tigers (2-3).
Arianna Dakuras, Morgan Fingerson and Kayli Sayatovic also scored for Carthage. Goalie Emma Jeronimus earned the victory as the Reds allowed a season-low four goals.
Led by Beecca Dabrowski’s seven goals, Monmouth picked up its second win in as many weeks over Carthage.
Meghan Fisher and Marsh paced the Reds with two goals apiece, followed by Fingerson and Flott with one each.