Stars Stop Skid With Win Over Spartans

Wed Mar 13, 2019
The fifteenth-ranked Dominican University men's volleyball team got back on track on Wednesday night at the Igini Sports Forum, topping the Aurora University Spartans in four sets (25-22, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19) to snap a seven-match losing streak for the Stars.  The win pushes the Stars to 10-8 overall and 5-3 in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) and avenges a five-set loss to the Spartans back on February 23 at Aurora.
"Another knock-down, drag-out fight for a NACC win tonight," said Dan Pawlikowski, the Stars' head men's volleyball coach. "Very good play by Aurora forced us to play at a high level. I thought we had excellent effort throughout the match and saw a lot of players step up to make plays. Hopefully this is a match we can hang on to and continue to build upon. It's another quick turnaround for a big weekend on the road in Wisconsin…no time to rest as we try to peak at the right time."
After the Spartans evened the match by taking the second set, the Stars' offense took over, hitting .317 over the final two sets to take the match.  Adam Eboli and Jake Sidner both collected six kills apiece over the final two sets while Ethan Klosak and Patrick Bradford helped nail down the win with five kills over the third and fourth sets.
As a team the Stars hit .266 on the night with Jack McGuire running the offense. Dominican's sophomore setter collected 42 assists on the night while knocking down four kills of his own.  Klosak and Eboli tied for team-high honors with 11 kills apiece while Sidner finished the night with nine kills on 25 swings.
Defensively, the Stars collected 49 digs, led by Klosak who rounded out a double-double performance with 16 digs while libero Bregin DeMarco added 11 digs of his own.  At the net, Dominican tallied five total blocks.  Eboli got in on four blocks with one solo and three block assists while McGuire finished the night with one solo and one block assist.
For the Spartans, Justin Elliott led the way with 18 kills on just 29 total attacks as the Spartans hit .233 in the loss.
Dominican returns to action on Friday night, traveling up to Mequon, Wisconsin, to face the Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons.  The Stars then continue to navigate the 2019 schedule on Saturday, taking on the Lakeland College Muskies in a NACC match before squaring off against the Southern Virginia University Knights.