IPFW Volleydons Impressive In Home Opener (VIDEO)

By Dean Pantazi - 21 Alive

January 11, 2014 Updated Jan 12, 2014 at 2:18 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21 Alive) - IPFW's Volleydons jumped out to an early lead against Sacred Heart on Friday night and rolled to a 3-0 win over the visiting Pioneers (25-18, 25-18, 25-20).

The Mastodons, who jumped into the AVCA Coaches Poll at No. 15 this past week, got things rolling quickly in the opening set. Kills by Bryan Saunders and Eddie Rivera helped stake IPFW to an early 4-1 advantage, before a 10-2 run midway through the frame allowed the 'Dons to pull away. IPFW hit .591 in the set, recording 13 kills without an error.

The home team wasted little time once again in set two, building a 5-1 lead on their way to taking the set 25-18. A pair of Andrew Sellan service aces highlighted another 10-2 run by the Mastodons while Rivera slammed down five kills in the set.

Sacred Heart refused to go down without a fight, scoring the first three points of the third set, and maintaining that lead most of the frame. Trailing 17-14, the Mastodons battled back to tie the score with an error by the Pioneers followed by a Scott McNerney ace and Saunders kill. After trading points, a kill by Elon Fyfield gave the 'Dons the lead for good and Ramon Burgos closed out the match with his ninth kill of the night.

Eddie Rivera led the way for the Mastodons with twelve kills while Ramon Burgos and Bryan Saunders added nine apiece.

Omar Rivera dished out 36 assists.

The Mastodons are off until next weekend when they travel to Penn State on Friday and St. Francis (PA) on Saturday.

For highlights of Friday night's match click on the video icon on the screen above.




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