By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne lost tonight in four sets against #10 ranked Ohio State. Set scores were 25-23, 16-25, 32-34 and 19-25.
The Mastodons fought hard tonight against a difficult opponent but were unable to get over the hump. Late in the third set, PFW looked like they could pull away to take a 2-1 set lead, but they eventually lost the lead in the set and Ohio State closed out the set before going on to win the match.
Jon Diedrich led all players in kills with 20 for the Mastodons. Teammates Mark Frazier and Bryce Walker were not far behind with Frazier getting 14 and Walker totaling 11.
Ohio State’s kill leader was Jacob Pasteur who totaled 19 kills.
Two areas that PFW struggled in tonight, that ultimately led to their loss, were serves and attacking.
PFW had 4 aces but totaled 20 service errors. Ohio State doubled PFW’s ace total by scoring eight aces and only errored on 12 serves.
While not as big of an area of concern, PFW did have struggles in attacking. PFW had 24 attacking errors while Ohio State had only 19. Ohio State also had a better hitting percentage where they hit .289% compared to PFW’s .264%.
Although PFW is struggling in MIVA play, they have had a successful season so far. In total the team is 10-3 with two of their three losses coming against MIVA rivals. PFW can improve to .500 in MIVA play in their next game if they can beat Ohio State.
With tonight’s win Ohio State extended their win streak to four games and improved to a 10-3 record. Their next game will be on the road Saturday against Loyola Chicago.
The Mastodons next game will be Saturday at 7 PM at home against #11 ranked Ball State.
PFW Mens Volleyball 2023 Stats
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team continues their winning streak by defeating the Maryville Saints.
The Mastodon dominated the Saints, winning three straight sets: 25-17, 25-19, and 25-17.
Senior Jon Diedrich led the team with ten kills. Sophomore Mark Frazier was just behind him with nine. Caden Klingbeil led the Saints in this statistic with nine.
Sergio Carrillo, a graduate student for PFW, had a great game with 19 assists. PFW’s opponents were led in assists by David Fleischer, who had 14.
The most impressive stat of the game was the difference in total of aces between both teams. PFW had ten aces compared to Maryville’s two. PFW junior Bryce Walker had five aces, Diedrich had four, and senior Carlos Mercado had one.
This win increases PFW’s winning streak to eight games and increases their record to 9-1.
Maryville drops to 2-7 on the season. Their next matchup will be at home versus Central State University.
The Mastodons next game is Friday at 8pm Est in St. Charles, Missouri against Lindenwood.
This will be PFW’s first MIVA matchup of the season. They will hope to carry on with this win streak against their 7 upcoming conference opponents.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team has started their season off hot with a 7-1 record. The Mastodons next game is today at 7:30 p.m. on the road against George Mason.
This is the second match of the DC challenge played in Fairfax, Virginia. The team has yet to start conference play but hope to do better than last season, where they finished 6th in the MIVA.
The Mastodons are currently on a six-game winning streak. These wins have come over Carthage, Missouri S&T, Harvard, Sacred Heart, Queens and Mount Olive.
Each win this season, for PFW, has been decided in three sets.
PFW’s only loss this season was to NJIT on Jan. 7. This loss was decided in three sets.
The Mastodons have outperformed their opponents in nearly every stat this season. While looking at the attack, they have had 287 kills compared to their opponents 265 while only having 108 errors compared to their opponents 136. In the set they have 269 assists compared to their opponents 253. For serves the team has 45 aces and 91 errors while opponents have been held to 29 aces while serving 114 errors.
Defensively the Mastodons have collected 183 digs to their opponents 177. Blocking has seen six solo blocks and 125 assisted blocks while their opponents have had six solo blocks and 87 assisted blocks.
The only stat that the team does not lead their opponents in is blocking errors. PFW has had ten errors in this category while their opponent has only had eight.
PFW is led by Ryan Perrotte. This is Perrotte’s 8th season in the position. Assistant coach Jim Palilonis returns for his second season.
This year’s schedule sees the Mastodons face off against multiple big schools. They will face Ohio State twice due to them being a MIVA rival. Other big matchups include UCLA and Penn State.