AURORA, Ill.—The Illinois Tech men’s volleyball team recorded a big victory on the road against Aurora in a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference match after coming back from losing the first set.
The Scarlet Hawks (6-15, 3-10 NACC) defeated the Spartans (8-11, 7-6 NACC) in four sets (19-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-15) at Thornton Gymnasium in Aurora, Illinois, Wednesday.
How It Happened
- After both teams went back-and-forth to start the first set and the score 9-9, Aurora looked to pull away but Illinois Tech cut it to 16-14 but that was the closest the set got as the Spartans took the first set, 25-19.
- Illinois Tech fought back after losing the opening set and came back after trailing 11-8 almost midway through the set to take the second one to tie the match at 1.
- Looking to take control of the match going into the fourth set with a one set advantage, Aurora had the 9-6 lead before Illinois Tech rallied for seven straight points to go ahead 13-9, which helped them have control the rest of the set.
- In a set Aurora needed to win to stay alive, Illinois Tech made sure that was not happening early as the Scarlet Hawks went ahead 9-3 which helped them secure the victory in the set and the match.
Scarlet Hawk Leaders
- Leading the attack for the Scarlet Hawks was Andriy Bench, who recorded 12 kills on the night.
- Being effective on his attacks helped Illinois Tech win the match as Easton Kayshad 11 kills with an attack percentage.
- Lukasz Kupiec also picked up 11 kills to round out double-digit kill numbers.
- Setting up attacks all night came up a big way as Michael Ganczar assisted on 33 attacks.
- Being in the middle at the right time helped Evan Robeck pick up seven blocks.
- Derek Bostick dug out 17 balls which led the Scarlet Hawks.
- Illinois Tech returns to action Saturday, March 29 as the Scarlet Hawks host the No. 5 team in the country, Benedictine starting at noon and Massachussets Institute of Technology at 5 p.m. at the Keating Sports Center.
- Live audio, video, and stats will be available for all home contests in the Stuart Field with the live audio provided by Illinois Media School.