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#5 Benedictine Defeats Men's Volleyball

Andriy Bench led the Scarlet Hawks in both kills and blocks on Wednesday night (photo credit, Stephen Bates, WCS Photography).
Andriy Bench led the Scarlet Hawks in both kills and blocks on Wednesday night (photo credit, Stephen Bates, WCS Photography).

LISLE, Ill. –The Illinois Tech men's volleyball team took a short drive down interstates 290 and 88 on Wednesday evening to oppose the fifth-ranked Eagles of Benedictine University in a Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference match. BenU (14-2, 7-1 NACC) proved to be a tough test, downing Illinois Tech (2-11, 1-7 NACC) in straight sets.

Set Scores

  • BenU 3, Tech 0 (16-25, 18-25, 21-25)

How it Happened

  • In the first set, Benedictine jumped out to the fast start, taking a 4-0 lead before an Easton Kays kill put Tech on the board. While Kays himself would tally four kills and a .375 hit percentage in the first set, the Eagles offense hit an astounding .458% in the set to take a 1-0 lead.
  • The second set was tight early on, with the Scarlet Hawks holding a few early leads behind the offense of Kays, Andriy Bench, and Michael Johnson. However, the Eagles were able to right things mid-set and ended up hitting .556% in the frame.
  • Tech continued to run its offense through Bench and Kays in set three, with Bench reaching double-digit kills for the match. The Scarlet Hawks worked from behind to take a 19-18 lead on an Andriy Bench block, but Benedictine responded with a 4-0 run to re-take a more decisive advantage. An Eagles attack error and a Bench kill would be the only remaining Tech points as BenU went on to ice the match 25-21.

Scarlet Hawk Standouts

  • Bench talled 10 kills and two blocks (one solo, one assisted) to lead Tech in both categories.
  • Kays chipped in seven kills.
  • Michael Ganczar added 24 assists.

Up Next

  • Men's Volleyball will host Loras College on Friday at 7:00 p.m. for a non-conference contest. Live audio, video, and statistics will be available for the Keating Sports Center contest. The live audio will be powered by Illinois Media School.