Mount Ida College Athletics

Mustangs Get the Better of Lesley to End Dry Spell

Mustangs Get the Better of Lesley to End Dry Spell

NEWTON, Mass. – Mount Ida College got back in the win column in a big way on Monday evening, beating Lesley University 3-0 in a non-conference men's volleyball contest at Mount Ida Athletic Center.

The Mustangs won by scores of 25-18, 25-16, 25-18 to snap an eleven game losing streak and improve to 7-20 overall.

Senior Jimmy Wessel (DeKalb, Ill.) piled up 31 assists and moved over the 1,000 career assist mark for his career.

Senior James Ames (W. Hartford, Conn.) scored a game-high 18 kills, while Peter Griffenkranz (Deer Park, N.Y.) added nine kills in the win for Mount Ida, who hit .375 in each of the first two sets and ended the night with a .291 attacking percentage.

Tyler Burns (Newtown, Pa.) and Jacob DiDomenico (North Providence, R.I.) were the high men for Lesley with eight kills apiece.

The Mustangs trailed just twice in the match, opening up a 10-3 lead in the first set with a service ace by Griffenkranz. With the Mustangs leading 20-11, Alex Bonilla-Guevara (Cambridge, Mass.) served to a 5-0 run for Lesley and the Lynx pulled to a four-point deficit, which was as close as they would come, as kills by Tyler Shinkle (West Deptford, N.J.), one of his six, and Ames helped win the last three points.

A 6-1 run to start set two paved the way for Mount Ida to stay in front all set. Though the lead stayed at nine or less, a service ace by Ames sealed the win for the Mustangs.

Lesley enjoyed their only leads at 2-1 and 5-4 in the third set, but Mount Ida responded by turning a 15-13 advantage into a 21-15 edge thanks to Gylan Flemming (Cambridge, Mass.), who recorded five kills in the match.

Two straight kills by Ames sealed the third set victory for the Mustangs.

Karuna Chiemruom (Cranston, R.I.) set up 18 points for Lesley, while Burns and DiDomenico were in on seven blocks combined. C.Jay Sutton (Billerica, Mass.) racked up a game-high 10 digs in the loss.

Micahel McCullough (Southborough, Mass.) led Mount Ida with six digs.

Mount Ida returns to Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) play tomorrow evening as they travel to Johnson & Wales for a 7:00 pm contest.

The Lynx (0-15) will continue to look for their first win of the year when they host Elms College tomorrow at 8:00 pm.