By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team’s season came to an end on Saturday as they lost to Lewis University in the quarterfinals of the MIVA tournament.
PFW lost 1-3 to Lewis with set score being 15-25, 18-25, 25-16 and 36-38. The Mastodons fought to avoid elimination, but the extended fourth set proved too much for the team.
Lewis outperformed PFW in almost every statistic.
Lewis beat PFW in kills as they had 63 compared to PFW’s 55. Christian Prayer led Lewis in this stat with 17 kills. PFW’s Jon Diedrich had a game high 19 kills.
The stat of blocks was a closer contest between the teams as Lewis had seven and PFW had six. Antonio Elias Rodriguez of Lewis had a game high five blocks. PFW was led in this stat by Ryan Steponaitis who had four.
PFW had more errors and a lower hitting percent than Lewis as PFW had 21 errors and hit .270% compared to Lewis who had 15 errors and hit .403%.
The only stat that PFW had the edge in was aces as they had five while Lewis only had three. Mark Frazier had a game high four aces. Lewis had three different players who had one ace.
PFW finished this season 16-13 in total and 7-7 in conference play. After a hot start at the beginning of the year, PFW began to struggle as they faced multiple ranked opponents. The Mastodons ended the season on a three game losing streak.
Jon Diedrich had a great season for PFW as he was an All-MIVA First Team honoree.
After defeating PFW, Lewis will now face NO. 1 Ball State in the MIVA semifinals.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team loses to Lewis University tonight in four sets. Set scores were 25-23, 18-25, 15-25 and 22-25
The Mastodons came into this match with a better record than Lewis and were on a two match win streak. Lewis came in and dominated PFW.
Lewis outplayed PFW in every statistic tonight. The only stat that PFW led in was attack errors as they had 28 compared to Lewis’ 18.
The Mastodons had a poor hitting match as they hit .093%. Lewis hit .269%. PFW’s player with the best hitting percent was Wilmer Hernandez who hit 1.000%. Lewis best hitting percentage belonged to Tyler Morgan who hit .750%.
Lewis had 47 kills while PFW had 38 kills. Lewis was led in this stat by Max Roquet who had 15 kills. PFW was led by Jon Diedrich who had 14 kills.
With the win Lewis University moves to 14-10 on the season. They are now 5-5 in MIVA play.
With the loss PFW falls to 14-10 on the season. They are now 5-5 in MIVA play. PFW and Lewis are now tied for 5th in the MIVA.
PFW’s next match will be Thursday against Quincy University.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team defeated McKendree, 3-2, last night in a tight match. Set scores were 25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 24-26 and 15-13.
PFW’s Mark Frazier had a career day as he had career highs in kills with 19 and digs with 13. He led the team in both these stats while also adding one ace.
McKendree was led by Bryce Wetjen in kills as he had 18. Kevin Schuele led the team in digs with 13.
The Mastodons dominated this match in blocks. They had 17 compared to McKendree’s seven. PFW was led in blocks by Bryce Walker who had eight. McKendree was led by Rolen Lively who had five.
With the loss McKendree fell to 6-11 on the season and 1-9 in MIVA play.
With the win PFW moved to 14-9 on the season and are 5-4 in MIVA play.
PFW’s next match will be tomorrow at 6 against Lewis University. PFW will hope to collect another win to keep their streak alive.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team defeated #9 ranked Loyola Chicago yesterday in five sets, 3-2. Set scores were 25-18, 27-25, 23-25, 20-25, and 15-12.
This was the first time that Loyola has lost in MIVA play this year.
The Mastodons had a good serving night as they had seven aces compared to Loyola’s three. Mark Frazier led PFW in this stat with three aces. Loyola was led by Dan Mangun who had two.
Loyola led the match in kills. They had 58 kills compared to PFW’s 51. Loyola was led by Cole Schlothauer and Parker Van Buren who each had 19. PFW was led in this stat by Jon Diedrich who had 19.
With their loss Loyola fell to 17-3 on the season. They are now 8-1 in conference play. They remain 1st in the MIVA.
Their next matchup will come against Lewis University on Thursday.
With the win PFW moved to 13-9 on the season. They are 4-4 in conference play. They are tied for 6th in the MIVA with Lewis University.
PFW’s next matchup will be Thursday against McKendree.
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.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue University men’s volleyball team beat Lewis University tonight in four sets. Set scores were 25-23, 25-12, 13-23 and 27-25.
This win takes PFW to a 3-3 record against conference opponents and gives them a win streak of two matches.
Tonight PFW stood out in the categories of blocks and hitting.
As a team PFW had 16.5 blocks and only had one block error. Lewis only totaled 6.5 blocks and had two block errors. PFW was led by Jon Diedrich who had a match high eight blocks. Lewis was led in this stat by four players, Max Roquet, Michael Sack, Antonio Elias Rodriguez and Daniel Haber who each had two blocks.
The Mastodons hitting percent was .310. Zach Solomon was PFW’s leader in this stat with a hitting percentage of 1.000. Lewis was led by Tyler Morgan who also had a percentage of had 1.000.
With the loss Lewis University fall to 8-9 on the year and 2-4 in the conference. They currently sit at 6th in the MIVA.
With the win PFW moves to a record of 12-4. They are 5th in the MIVA.
The Mastodons next match will be against Loyola Chicago on Saturday Mar. 4. This is an important matchup as Loyola is 1st in the MIVA and have a 5-0 record against conference opponents.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team won tonight in four sets, 3-1, against McKendree. Set scores were 25-22, 25-22, 23-25 and 25-20.
After two losses in a row, PFW bounced back with a strong performance against another MIVA opponent.
The Mastodons did not really stand out in any area of the game tonight, as each set was very close. The only areas that PFW led the game in, were serving, hit percentage and blocks.
As a team PFW scored seven aces and only had 14 service errors. McKendree only scored two aces and had 17 service errors. Mark Frazier led all players in this stat with four aces. His teammates, Bryce Walker and Ryan Steponaitis added the rest as Walker had two aces and Steponatis had one. McKendree was led by Tyler Tripp and Kyle Wilson who each had one ace.
PFW had a .205% hitting percentage while McKendree hit .189%. PFW’s best percentage belonged to Steponaitis who hit .571%. McKendree’s Daniel Duggan had a game high .636%.
Just like the other stats mentioned, PFW only had a slight advantage in blocks. The Mastodons had 25 compared to McKendree’s 20. PFW had three players, Frazier, Steponaitis and Walker who each totaled six blocks. McKendree had two players with four blocks, Duggan and Rolen Lively.
While PFW did not lead in team kills, Jon Diedrich led all players in kills with 15. Bryce Wetjen led McKendree with 10 kills.
With the loss McKendree falls to 6-6 on the season and 1-4 in MIVA play. Their next match will be Saturday against #10 ranked Loyola Chicago.
With the win the Mastodons move to 11-4 on the season and 2-3 in MIVA play. The teams next match will be at 7 p.m. on Friday at home against MIVA opponent, Lewis.
By Gavin Greer
Purdue Fort Wayne’s mens team fell in five sets, 2-3 against #11 ranked Ball Sate last night. Set scores were 20-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-10 and 8-15.
This matchup was a rematch of last year’s MIVA Championship which saw BSU winning their first MIVA Championship since 2002.
PFW put up another great performance against a ranked opponent this week. Their first ranked opponent this week was Ohio State who the Mastodons played on Thursday.
PFW dominated in kills against BSU. PFW had 61 compared to BSU’s 48. PFW’s Jon Diedrich led all players in kills with 28. This performance tied his career best mark for kills. Bryce Walker and Carlos Mercado added to the teams kills total with Walker having 13 and Mercado scoring nine kills .
Another area that PFW had the edge over BSU in, was assists. The Mastodons had 58 while BSU had 45.
PFW’s Zach Solomon led all players in this stat with 47 assists. The next closest to this total was BSU’s Jakub Wiercinski who had 39.
The only statistic that BSU had the upper hand in was blocks. They had 26 compared to PFW’s five. Wiercinski led all players in this area with 11.
With this win Ball State improved to 7-5 on the season. This win got them back to .500 in MIVA play with a 2-2 conference record. Their next match will be at Lindenwood on Feb. 24.
With the loss PFW suffered their first back-to-back loss of the season and fell to a record of 10-4. They are now 1-3 in MIVA play.
They will look to get back into winning form on Wednesday as they face off against McKendree at 8 p.m. on the road.
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