Arlington, Va. – Marymount University's men's volleyball team dropped its inaugural match 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 25-11) to visiting Division II foe Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras on Wednesday night.
Bryce Ernsberger led the Saints (0-1) with a match-high 11 kills to go with five digs and three blocks, both team highs, while Tomasz Ksiazkiewicz and Matt Malloy had six and four kills, respectively. Malloy also led all players with a pair of service aces.
Bronson Summers-Torres paced the Marymount offense with a match-high 23 assists.
The Saints battled through the opening frame and took an early lead on the Bantams (2-0) en route to a 12-10 lead. Rio Piedras then put together three unanswered points to take its first lead of the set as the two squads battled back and forth the rest of the frame. Tied at 15-15, UPR went on a 7-2 run to lead 22-17 and force a Marymount timeout before closing out the frame with a 25-19 victory.
In the second, neither team was willing to give any leeway as the frame saw 16 ties, four lead changes and needed extra points to decide the winner. From the opening serve to the final kill, neither team lead by more than a point except a brief period where Rio Piedras had an early 11-7 lead over the Saints. Marymount battled back to things up at 15-15 before matching the Bantams point-for-point until a Malloy ace gave the Blue and White a 22-21 advantage. The Saints would fight, getting to set point at 24-23, but Rio Piedras closed out set with three straight points to win 26-24.
The Bantams depth proved too much for the Saints in the third as the outmanned MU squad couldn't respond to an early 12-3 run to start the set. Rio Piedras used 14 players in the match, only five of them seeing action in all three sets, while Marymount took the court with just seven available players on the night.
Carlos Molinaris led Rio Piedras with nine kills.
Marymount returns to action this weekend with a road trimatch at King (Tenn.) with Emmanuel (Ga.) on Saturday.