The nation’s top-ranked Division III men’s volleyball team had no trouble Friday night.
Playing at Greenville (Ill.), Carthage rolled to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-20 Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League victory.
The Red Men improved to 16-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Greenville fell to 10-11 and 0-3.
Carthage broke open a close opening set with a 10-3 scoring run that ended in a kill by Parker Connolly (seven kills) off an assist by Matt Reinsel (37 assists, seven digs).
The Red Men clinched the opening set on an attacking error by Greenville.
Greenville threatened to make it a split through the first two sets, as it trailed by just two points at 22-20 before the Red Men made one final push.
Matt Slivinski (10 kills, seven digs) started the 3-0 rally with a kill, followed by two straight Greenville errors that put the Red Men in front, 2-0.
Carthage trailed for the first time all match in the final set, as Greenville jumped out to an early 4-0 lead.
The Red Men eventually fell behind by five points before they put together a furious rally and took their first lead of the set at 15-14 on a kill by Connolly off a Reinsel assist.
Carthage never trailed again and closed out the sweep on a kill by Evan Walsh (11 kills, 12 digs).
Other Carthage leaders included Blake Arnold (seven kills, six digs), Eric Winter (six kills, three digs) and Kyle Cohan (10 digs).
The Red Men are back in action today when they play at Fontbonne (St. Louis) in a 1 p.m. MCVL matchup.
Fontbonne comes into the matchup at 17-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
UW-Parkside’s road doubleheader Friday at Trinity Christian was postponed.
No makeup date was listed on the school’s website.
Parkside (0-18) opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play on Wednesday when it travels to Davenport (Grand Rapids, Mich.) for games at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
Mother Nature also wiped out a doubleheader for Carthage today at Milwaukee School of Engineering. That twinbill already was rescheduled for Saturday, March 23, at noon.
Carthage returns to action Wednesday afternoon when it hosts Wisconsin Lutheran in a doubleheader at 3 and 5 p.m.