Men's Volleyball Sneaks Past Lincoln Memorial

Men's Volleyball Sneaks Past Lincoln Memorial

Harrogate, Tenn. --- After falling behind 2-1, the University of Mount Olive men's volleyball team rallied to defeat Lincoln Memorial University, 3-2, in a non-conference match in Mars Gym in Harrogate, Tennessee.

Score: Mount Olive 3, Lincoln Memorial 2 (25-22, 24-26, 23-25, 25-20, 15-11)
Records: Mount Olive (10-6) Lincoln Memorial (6-10)
Location: Mars Gym, Harrogate, Tenn.

How It Happened


  • The Trojans got off to a hot start in the opening set as UMO took a 9-3 lead early on.
  • LMU came back to get within two points at 20-18.
  • In the final points, UMO held its advantage and captured the 25-22 set victory on a kill by sophomore Brad Monaghan.


  • After opening the set with an 11-8 advantage, the Trojans saw the Railsplitters use a 4-0 run to give LMU a 12-11 lead.
  • The following eight points featured four ties and three lead changes as Mount Olive grabbed a 16-15 advantage.
  • UMO looked to have taken control of the set as the Trojans sat just a point away from the set win with a 24-19 lead.
  • Lincoln Memorial put a stop to the Trojans' run and mounted a 7-0 run of its own to earn the 26-24 second set win and even the match at a set apiece.


  • In a tight set, LMU began to pull away, taking a 13-8 lead.
  • UMO fought back within two at 22-20 and within a single point at 24-23.
  • The Railsplitters closed out the Trojans, 25-23, to take a two sets to one lead.


  • Mount Olive was forced to fend off Lincoln Memorial in the fourth set as the Trojans took a slim 11-8 lead.
  • The Trojans and Ralisplitters traded points until UMO recorded back-to-back kills by junior Brad Rutledge and Monaghan that pushed Mount Olive's lead to 15-11.
  • LMU stormed back to cut the Trojans' lead to just one at 20-19, but Mount Olive responded with a 5-1 run to grab the 25-20 set victory and force a fifth set.


  • After recording the first point and taking a 1-0 lead, UMO never looked back, opening a 7-3 lead on the Railsplitters.
  • LMU cut Mount Olive's lead to just two at 7-5, but the Trojans answered with a 4-0 run to take an 11-5 advantage.
  • The Railsplitters had one last run in them as LMU cut the Trojans' lead to 14-11.
  • Mount Olive ended the match with a kill by Rutledge that earned UMO the 15-11 set win and the 3-2 match victory.


  • Rutledge led the Trojans with 17 kills with a .342 attacking percentage in the win.
  • Senior Josh Donahue recorded 15 digs for UMO in the victory.
  • Junior Jeff Yasalonis tallied 28 assists to lead the Trojans.
  • Also recording double-figure kills was Monaghan with a career-high 11.
  • UMO narrowly outhit the Railsplitters, .254 to .236, in the victory.

Up Next

Mount Olive returns to Kornegay Arena for a pair of Conference Carolinas matches this weekend, starting with a 7 p.m. matchup with Belmont Abbey College on Friday, March 3 before facing Pfeiffer University at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 4.