By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team was defeated in straight sets, 3-0, tonight by #14 ranked Charleston.
PFW was able to keep the match tight all night but would just fall short in each set.
The Mastodons led the match in kills as they had 46 compared to Charleston’s 42. Jon Diedrich led PFW in this stat with 14 kills. In the third set Diedrich reached his 1,000th career kill.
Garret Schnitker led Charleston with 14 kills.
While PFW gathered more kills than Charleston, they also gathered more attack errors. PFW had 21 attack errors while Charleston just had eight.
PFW also struggled with their hitting percent as they hit .248% as a team. Charleston did better in this statistic as they hit .447%.
Charleston had the upper hand in blocks as they had 11 total blocks to PFW’s four. Charleston had 22 block assists and PFW had just six. Charleston was led in this stat by Diego Villafane, Veit Bils, and Will Kimenhour who each had five. PFW was led in blocks by Axel Melendez Watts, Mark Frazier, Carlos Mercado, and Bryce Walker who each had two.
With the win Charleston moves to 18-2 on the season. They are 3-1 in conference play and sit in 2nd in the EIVA. Their next match will be on Tuesday against Alderson Broaddus University.
With the loss PFW falls to 12-9 on the season. They are 3-4 in conference play and sit at 5th in the MIVA.
PFW will have to play another ranked opponent tomorrow as they face off against #9 Loyola Chicago.