For the seventh time this season, Ty Hurdle’s Queens University of Charlotte Men's Volleyball teammates needed all five sets to decide an outcome. On Wednesday night, Queens suffered a 3-2 (22-25, 25-20, 27-29, 25-23, 15-13) loss to Barton College inside Wilson Gymnasium.
Queens hit .271 in the match while collected eight service aces and 13 total blocks. Barton (4-2) overcome its serve receive struggles with a .307 hitting mark in the match.
Queens opened the match with a three-point win in the first set, outhitting Barton College .258 to .125 to gain the early match lead. After Barton responded with a win in the second frame, Queens used extra points to claim a 29-27 victory in the third and go ahead 2-1 overall.
Barton had set point on three separate occasions in the third set of action, but Queens ended the frame with three consecutive points including kills from seniors Tristan Santoyo and JP Payne a set-ending service ace from Santoyo.
In the fourth set, Barton rebounded from an early 8-3 deficit to eventually claim a 17-15 advantage that Barton held onto in forcing a deciding fifth set of play. Queens opened the final set on a tear, leading 10-4 before Barton rallied to tie the set at 11-all before ending the match with four unanswered points to earn the home victory.
Four different Queens players had double-digit kills for the balance offensive attack led by 13 kills apiece from Payne and Santoyo. Payne hit a blistering .667 from the middle, while Santoyo turned in a .323 hitting performance with six digs on defense.
Sophomore Jack Brinkman had 12 kills and four total service aces, while senior Nic Cavallaro had 12 kills of his own and eight digs. Sophomore setter Brandon Grabow paced the offense with 52 assists, his second match this season with more than 50 helpers, while freshman Striling sims had seven kills and seven total blocks in the middle.