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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, April 13, 2019 7:10 pm

Purdue Fort Wayne sweeps Lindenwood in quarterfinals

ELIZABETH WYMAN | The Journal Gazette

A solid offensive night paired with lockdown defense led the No. 3-seeded Purdue Fort Wayne men's volleyball team to its first Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association quarterfinal win since 2014, defeating No. 6 Lindenwood 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-19).

The Mastodons (17-11, 9-6 MIVA) posted a hitting percentage of .247 while holding Lindenwood (9-19, 5-10 MIVA) to a negative hitting percentage.

Redshirt senior Tony Price had a massive day, notching 11 kills and posting a .500 hitting percentage.

Fellow senior Colton Stone added seven kills and with his three service aces he moved into top 10 all-time in program history.

PFW held three Lindenwood players to a negative hitting percentage, stumping the Lions attack.

The win marks the third time this season the Mastodons have defeated the Lions, sweeping them on March 3 and winning a five-set thriller on March 30.

The second set was the closest with 14 ties and seven lead changes. But a pair of Stone aces late in the set and a timely Richie Diedrich kill ended it for the Mastodons.

PFW played arguably its best first set all season, finishing with a .520 hitting percentage and holding Lindenwood to .038.

Sophomore Tomas Gago was all over the place, including a crushing kill to extend the Mastodons' lead to 15-7 in the first set, setting the tone for the match. Gago also tallied four block assists, contributing to PFW's 9-6 total team blcok advantage.

On Wednesday, the Mastodons will play the winner of Ohio State vs. Loyola. Home court advantage will be determined by seeding.