ST. LOUIS – Kansas Wesleyan Men’s Volleyball’s dramatic comeback win in a 5-set thriller over University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy led the Coyotes to a split of two matches on Tuesday.
The Coyotes dropped a straight set decision to No. 14 ranked Missouri Baptist before heading to UHSP for the match with the Eutectics.
KWU trailed 7-3 in the fifth set of the match with UHSP after already battling back from a 2-0 set deficit in the match to send it to the decisive fifth.
The Coyotes rattled off four straight points to tie the fifth at 7-7, and grabbed their first lead at 9-8 on a kill by Jalen Watt (FR/South Hadley, Mass.). The Coyotes fell behind 12-11 in the match, but after a KWU timeout, UHSP had a service error to tie it at 12 and KWU grabbed the lead on a kill by Marcus Taylor.
UHSP tied it at 13, but the Coyotes got a kill from Kahlib Lawrence (FR/Burbank, Calif.) to take the lead and won it on a hitting error by the Eutectics.
Four of the five sets were decided by two points as UHSP won the first two 25-23. KWU won the third 25-23, and took the fourth 25-21.
The first set never saw either team lead by more than three points, as the Coyotes tied the set at 23-all before UHSP took the 25-23 win.
In the second, UHSP took a 3-0 lead to start, but five in a row by the Coyotes made it 5-2 after a block by Taylor and Lawrence. UHSP led 20-15 when the Coyotes came roaring back to tie it at 20 on Colin Lindo (JR/Las Vegas, Nev.)’s service ace. After falling behind 23-21, the Coyotes again tied it at 23 before UHSP won the set.
The Coyotes took a 4-0 lead in the third, but UHSP scored the next five to take the lead. KWU built a 14-10 lead on a Lawrence kill only to see UHSP come back at tie it at 14. UHSP tied it at 23-all before the Coyotes won the set on Viet Nguyen (SO/Wichita, Kan.) kill and a hitting error by UHSP.
KWU led 9-6 in the fourth when the Coyotes went on a 5-0 run to make it 14-6 after back-to-back aces from Watt. The Coyotes led by as many as seven at 21-14 before UHSP got back into it at 23-21 before KWU got the final two points of the set.
Four Coyotes reached double figures in kills led by 15 from Justin Burras (FR/Burbank, Calif.). Nguyen added 13, Watt had 12 and Taylor had 10. The Coyotes set a new school record for kills in a match with 64 in the match. Taylor had 48 assists and nine digs. Lindo, Watt and Lawrence all had four blocks each. Hung Nguyen (FR/Allen, Texas) had 14 digs and Jeremy Lapeze (FR/Burbank, Calif.) added 13.
The Coyotes dropped a 3-set match to No. 14 Missouri Baptist 25-9, 25-13, 25-18 earlier in the day.
In the first set, MBU jumped out to a 9-2 lead and were leading 18-9 when the Spartans ran off the final seven points of the set to win.
KWU led early in the second set, but MBU pushed out to a 14-7 lead and pulled away for the 25-13 win.
KWU trailed 20-13 in the third, when the Coyotes made a little run getting within four at 21-17, but MBU was able to score four of the final five points to take the match.
KWU is back in action this weekend at Morningside on Friday evening at 7 p.m., then a triangular with Ottawa and Clarke (Iowa) on Saturday in Ottawa. KWU’s first match, a GPAC clash with Ottawa is at 1 p.m.