Mount Olive Falls To George Mason In Four Sets

Mount Olive Falls To George Mason In Four Sets

FAIRFAX, Va. --- The University of Mount Olive men's volleyball team fell in four sets to the Patriots of George Mason University on Friday night in Fairfax, Va.

Score: George Mason 3, Mount Olive 1 (25-27, 25-18, 25-18, 25-15)
Records: Mount Olive (1-3), George Mason (2-4)
Location: Fairfax, Va.

How It Happened


  • The set started off pretty evenly as the Patriots held a 4-3 lead before the Trojans scored three straight points to take a 6-4 lead.
  • George Mason came back to trail by one, 11-10, but a kill by Bret Rutledge and two Robert Poole aces put Mount Olive up by four, 14-10.
  • A 6-2 run by GMU tied the set at 16 all which caused a battle for control of the score.
  • The score tied three times before the Patriots took a two-point lead, 21-19, but the Trojans came back to tie the game at 23 all.
  • After the score knotted up two more times, last at 25 all, the Trojans put two points together to take the first set 27-25.


  • Set two began with the teams vying for control of the score as the game tied up five times before George Mason took a three-point lead, 8-5.
  • The Trojans came back to trail by one, 9-8, following a 3-1 run that included a kill by Jerell Rogers and two Patriot errors.
  • GMU went up by four points, 13-9, but UMO countered with a 4-3 run to out the score at 16-13.
  • The Trojans started to rally but the Patriots lead grew to high as George Mason won the set 25-18.


  • Mason opened the third set going up 5-3 but Mount Olive came back to tie the set five all following a pair of Patriot errors.
  • The squads remained close in score as the set tied four times, the last at 10 all, before a 7-3 run by GMU put the score at 17-13.
  • The Trojans cut the lead to two after a kill by Rogers and a Patriot error put the score at 17-15, but George Mason went on an 8-3 run that closed out the set putting them ahead two games to one.


  • The fourth set opened with George Mason quickly going up by six points with the score sitting at 9-3.
  • UMO scored a handful of points to trail by six, 14-8, following three kills and a pair of Patriot errors.
  • The Mount Olive team effort was valiant but the home Patriots closed out the set on an 11-7 run to win the game 25-15 and the match 3-1.



The Trojans have a week off before they return to action on Friday, January 26, in the 2018 home opener at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C. UMO will host Conference Carolinas opponent Emmanuel on Friday at 7 p.m. and host the Erskine Flying Fleet the following day at 2 p.m.