Carthage beats two ranked teams en route to winning its own tournament
KENOSHA, Wis. -- Carthage (15-5, 5-0 Continental Volleyball Conference West Division), ranked fourth in the March 11 American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll, went 4-0 to win the Saturday-Sunday Carthage Tournament at Tarble Arena in Kenosha, Wis.
On Saturday, Carthage swept No. 14 Baruch (16-7) 3-0 before also sweeping Thiel (10-12). The Red Men's winning set scores against the Bearcats were 25-18, 25-19 and 25-9, and their winning scores against the Tomcats were 25-17, 25-20 and 25-19. On Sunday, Carthage defeated No. 7 Nazareth (14-7) 3-1 before sweeping Ramapo (16-7) 3-0. The Red Men's winning set scores against the Golden Flyers were 20-25, 25-18, 25-14 and 25-15, and their winning scores against the Roadrunners were 25-14, 25-16, 25-27 and 25-9. Carthage has won nine consecutive matches since losing to Cardinal Stritch on Feb. 20.
In the other matches on Saturday, Baruch outlasted Ramapo 3-2; No. 7 Nazareth got by Thiel , 3-2; and Nazareth (14-5) defeated Ramapo (15-6) 3-1. In Sunday's non-Carthage matches, Baruch (17-7) defeated Nazareth (14-6) 3-1; Ramapo (16-6) outlasted Thiel (10-13) 3-2; and Baruch (18-7) swept Thiel (10-14) 3-0.
In the win against Baruch, Carthage's Jim Schultz collected a match-high 11 kills with a .471 attack percentage and three block assists. Jon Storm had 10 kills and a .409 attack percentage, while J.P. Tulaka had nine kills, a .750 mark (9-0-12) and two block assists. Setter Connor Wexter averaged 11.67 assists per set. Chris Kaimis and Jack McKee had five kills each for the Bearcats.
In the Thiel contest, Schultz had a match-high 17 kills and hit .727 (17-1-22), while Storm had 15 kills and hit .429. Wexter averaged 14.0 assists per set. Against Nazareth, Jim Schultz led the Red Men with 16 kills and a .290 attack percentage, while Jon Storm had 12 kills and hit .321 with two block assists. Connor Wexter averaged 13.0 assists per set with four block assists. In the tournament-finale against Ramapo, Jon Storm and Jeff Beach each had 12 kills, with Beach hitting .800 (12-0-15) with three block assists. Connor Wexter averaged 13.67 assists per set against the Roadrunners.