NEWTON, Mass. – Four graduating members of the Mount Ida College men's volleyball game were honored on Saturday afternoon as the Mustangs celebrated Senior Day during a non-conference tri-match with Fontbonne University and Newbury College at Mount Ida Athletic Center.
James Ames (W. Hartford, Conn.), Jimmy Wessel (DeKalb, Ill.), Michael McCullough (Southborough, Mass.) and Gylan Flemming (Cambridge, Mass.) were recognized with flowers and walked out to meet their family members and head coach Craig Martin.
The Mustangs looked to start the tri-match off with a victory but suffered an extremely tight 3-2 loss to the Nighthawks before Fontbonne, visiting from Clayton, Missouri, swept both Newbury and the host Mustangs in the next games of the day.
Game 1: Newbury 3, Mount Ida 2 (25-18, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-13)
The Mustangs took a 2-1 lead after a convincing third set victory, but allowed Newbury (4-18) to come back and break a 13-13 tie in the deciding set with two straight points to earn their second win of the year in Mustang City.
Ames tallied 19 kills on a .317 hitting percentage, while Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) added 16 kills and 10 digs and Wessel posted 43 assists in the five-set match.
The Nighthawks were paced by 12 kills from Wade Robidoux (Agawam, Mass.) and ten kills from Xavier Brown-Rose (Wilbraham, Mass.), while Nile Fox (Hampton, Va.) and Khalil Paige (Baltimore, Md.) each hit .300 or better in the victory.
Defensively, Zach Kaufman (Newton, Mass.) registered a game-high 17 digs, while Joshua Thorne (Oxford, Conn.) had four service aces in a balanced team win for Newbury.
Game 3: Fontbonne 3, Mount Ida 0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-21)
Fontbonne made just one error and posted 12 kills in their first set en route to an emphatic opening win over the Mustangs. At the end of the day, seven players registered three or more kills, including a team0high eight points from Stephen Lendy (Chicago, Ill.), with Jacob Lendy (Chicago, Ill.) setting up 26 points in the win.
The Mustangs got 12 more kills and nine digs from Ames and 24 assists out of Wessel, while McCullough added eight digs and Griffenkranz slammed six kills and had the only two service aces of the day.
Game 2: Fontbonne 3, Newbury 0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-20)
The Griffins opened their account on the day with Brendon Schwartze (St. Louis, Mo.) slamming 11 kills and Jacob Lendy setting up 31 points as they took care of the Nighthawks in straight sets.
Emir Hadzisalihovic (St. Louis, Mo.), Stephen Lendy, and TJ Vorva (Orland Park, Ill.) each contributed six kills as well in the win.
The Mustangs will look to regain their winning ways on Monday when they host Lesley at 6:00 pm in their final non-conference match of the year.