On Saturday, Mar. 24, Wilson College Men’s Volleyball hosted Medaille College in a NEAC competition. Medaille College, who are 5-18 but 1-3 in the NEAC, defeated the Phoenix by a match score of 3-1.
The Phoenix won the first set with a score of 25-20, starting out strong with an 8-4 run. Even though the Mavericks tried to catch up to the Phoenix by closing in on the lead 15-11, the Phoenix stayed together and kept the lead. Ian Firestone ‘20 made the score 20-16 and gave the Phoenix a spark for the rest of the set.
Evan Hoke ‘19 stated, “We knew coming into this game that it was going to be a tough conference match up, but we didn’t let that stop us. We just continued to fight until the end, and never gave up, and that’s all we can really do.”
The Mavericks came out hard in the second set, winning 25-22. Even though the Phoenix put the first points on the board, the Mavericks kept fighting and got ahead with a 4-1 lead. The Phoenix slowly started to close in, as an ace from Hoke made it 4-3.The Mavericks continued to dominate, however, and increased their lead, until the Phoenix started to bounce back. A few aces from Aaron Hoke ’19 gave the Phoenix a lead 22-20. In the end, the Mavericks came out on top.
The Mavericks stayed top during the third set, winning 26-24. The set tied up early 4-4. The teams went tic for tac, but it was the Mavericks who won. The Mavericks kept their enthusiasm strong as they headed into the fourth set, winning 25-19. They started out the first set with a lead, and continued from there.
Firestone commented, “We did what we could and we fought very hard. When we play, we play hard. I’m proud of my team regardless of what the scoreboard says.”
The Phoenix are now 6-6 and 1-3 in the NEAC conference.