Trojans' Three-Match Win Streak Snapped In Four-Set Loss At Pfeiffer

Trojans' Three-Match Win Streak Snapped In Four-Set Loss At Pfeiffer

University of Mount Olive won the first set, but Pfeiffer took the next three sets to snap the Trojans' three-match winning streak 21-25, 25-9, 25-15, 25-21 in Conference Carolinas men's volleyball Tuesday at Misenheimer, N.C. Steven Cruse led the Trojans with a match-high 15 kills.

Mount Olive (4-7 overall, 3-3 Conference Carolinas) used Mike Mann's kill to break a 4-4 tie in the first set and take the lead for good. The Trojans still held a one-point lead until a kill by Angel Dache and Quaid Marin ace triggered a 5-1 run to extend Mount Olive's lead to 20-15. The lead never fell below three points and Mann's kill gave the Trojans a one-set lead.

The Trojans scored the first two points of the second set, but Pfeiffer (4-5, 2-2) scored the next four points and led the remainder of the set. A pair of kills by Sonny Hirini highlighted a 6-0 run to give the Falcons a 14-5 advantage. The margin reached double digits for the first time at 17-7 and Fabian Diniz recorded blocks on the final two points of a set-ending 10-2 run as the Falcons evened the match at a set apiece.

A six-point run in the third set gave Pfeiffer a 13-6 lead and Mount Olive never recovered.

In the fourth set, the Trojans led 10-8 after an ace by Dache and back-to-back kills by Garrett Dimm highlighted a five-point scoring run. After Pfeiffer rallied to tie, Lewis Einarson recorded blocks on a pair of side outs to give Mount Olive a 15-14 lead. But kills by Hirini and Michael Brewer put the Falcons back on top to stay.

Mount Olive cut a 23-19 deficit down to two points after a kill by Dache and a block by Dimm. Pfeiffer answered with a kill and a block by Kyle Landrigan to finish the match.

Dache finished with 10 kills for Mount Olive, while Dimm added seven kills. Marin recorded 34 assists and Josh Donahue had nine digs.

Hirini led Pfeiffer with 13 kills, while Brewer added 12 kills and 10 digs, and Diniz had 11 kills and a match-high eight blocks. The Falcons outscored the Trojans 15-5 in blocks. David Specian tallied 43 assists and 11 digs.

Mount Olive returns to action this weekend as the Trojans go on the road for a pair of Conference Carolinas matches. The Trojans head to Gaffney, S.C., Friday at 7 p.m. to take on Limestone, then go to Due West, S.C., Saturday at 2 p.m. to face Erskine.