FAIRFAX, Va. - A strong all-around showing by the George
Mason men's volleyball team helped propel the Patriots to a 3-0 sweep of Grand
Canyon on Wednesday evening at the RAC Gym.
Mason hit a crisp .302 for the match and posted 16 blocks en
route to the 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 sweep. They also limited Grand Canyon to just
.058 hitting for the match. With the
win, the Patriots improved to 1-2, while the 'Lopes fell to 0-2.
A 4-4 draw early in the first set quickly disappeared as the
Patriots used a 6-1 run to jump out to a 10-5 advantage and force a Grand
Canyon timeout. However, the stop in play didn't slow the Mason momentum, as
the Patriots went on a 7-4 run to go up 17-9 and cruise to the 25-15 win. Mason
hit a hot .448 in the set, went 13-for-15 on sideouts (86%) and posted six
total team blocks.
Mason took control of the second set after both teams
battled to a 16-16 draw. Five straight Patriot points opened the scoreboard and
forced Grand Canyon to call both of its timeouts. Grand Canyon scored the first
point coming out of the second stoppage, but Mason held on for the 25-19
triumph. The hot hitting continued in the second set, as the Patriots were .321
and also added five more blocks.
The Patriots jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the third
set, but Grand Canyon rallied to tie the set at 6-6. However, Mason never
relinquished the lead and used a 9-4 run to go up 16-10 and force a Grand
Canyon timeout. The 'Lopes never came any closer as Mason ran away with the
25-19 set victory and first sweep of the season.
Several Patriots came close to tying single-season career
highs, including senior Piotr Dabrowski (10), Javier Perez (6) and Michael
Kvidahl (5) in blocks. Sibley also added five blocks and seven kills, while
Andrew Dentler had a game-high 11 kills. Perez finished with a team-best 29
The 'Lopes received a team-high eight kills from Ben Ponnet,
while Keith Smith dished out a game-high 33 assists.
The Patriots will enjoy some time off before hosting
Loyola-Chicago in a non-conference match on January 19.