Blocks lead top-ranked UC Irvine to narrow win against Cal Baptist
IRVINE, Calif. -– No. 1 UC Irvine used a season-high 18.5 blocks to defeat No. 12 Cal Baptist, 3-2 (25-19, 25-19, 24-26, 16-25, 15-11) at the Bren Events Center on Wednesday.
The Anteaters improve to 15-3 overall and 12-3 in the MPSF and extend their winning streak to 11 matches. Cal Baptist drops to 6-9 on the year and 3-7 in the MPSF. The Anteaters are 5-1 in five-set matches this year.
Middle blocker Collin Mehring had a career-high 10 total blocks on two solos and eight block assists to lead UCI at the net. The Anteaters had seven different players record a block. Mehring also added six kills.
UCI senior All-American Kevin Tillie had a team-high 13 kills, two aces and four block assists, while opposite Zack La Cavera recorded 12 kills and a career-high seven block assists. Connor Hughes played in four sets and added eight kills and middle blocker Scott Kevorken totaled six kills and five block assists. Setter Daniel Stork tallied 43 set assists, six digs and a tied his season-high with six total blocks. Libero Michael Brinkley posted 17 digs.
UCI hit .220 (49-21-127), the second lowest hitting performance of the year. Cal Baptist hit just .170 (56-33-135) for the night. The Lancers out-dug UCI 49-38 and had five aces to the Anteaters' four.
Cal Baptist's Guilherme Koepp led all players with 17 kills, 12 digs and four aces. Levi Cabral had 15 kills and Aaron McCalmont had 12 kills. Rocky DeLyon had a team-best seven block assists for the Lancers.