Upcoming in Gray Wolves Volleyball: Lourdes readies itself for a busy week in men's volleyball as the Gray Wolves will play three times this week. The Gray Wolves host Siena Heights on Tuesday night in a non-conference contest before heading to Iowa this weekend for a pair of MAMVIC East matches. Lourdes will face Saint Ambrose on Friday evening before traveling to Clarke on Saturday afternoon.
Head Coach Greg Reitz: In his second season both on the Lourdes bench, and overall coaching men's volleyball, Greg Reitz has a 18-14 (.563) record at the helm of the Gray Wolves. He was named to the MAMVIC East Coach of the Year in 2012. Reitz is the only head coach in Lourdes program's history.
Series Notes: Lourdes is 3-0 all-time against Siena Heights, having swept the season series last year. After winning the initial match in five sets on Feb. 14, 2012 in Adrian, Mich., the Gray Wolves posted 3-0 sweeps in the next two contests last year, including a March 20 match at Tam-o-Shanter. Saint Ambrose if 4-0 all-time against Lourdes after posting a five-set victory over the Gray Wolves at Tam-o-Shanter on Feb. 2, 2013. This will be the first time the Bees have hosted the Gray Wolves. Clarke is 2-0 all-time against Lourdes, winning both meetings last season in Dubuque, Iowa.
Wrapping Up Last Week: Lourdes opened the week with a three-set sweep on the road at NCAA Division III foe Milwaukee School of Engineering on Friday night. On Saturday afternoon, Lourdes won the opening two sets at #6 Cardinal Stritch only to see the Wolves battle back to win the match in five sets.
Scouting Siena Heights: The Saints are still looking for their first victory of the season this year following a four-set loss at Saint Xavier on Saturday afternoon. Juan Paternina-Villero leads Siena Heights with 65 kills and a .314 hitting percentage this season while Juan Sierra has handed out 153 assists. Zak Krug has tallied 39 digs while Lucas Sagaert leads the team with 19 blocks this year.
Scouting Cardinal Stritch: The Bees have won five straight matches following a 3-1 victory at Robert Morris (Ill.) on Saturday. Saint Ambrose hosts Saint Xavier on Wednesday before entertaining Lourdes. Kyle Schwetz leads the team with 101 kills and a .471 attack percentage while adding 50 blocks. Nick Lynch has handed out 443 assists and Corey Grove leads the team with 83 digs.
Scouting Clarke: The Crusaders enter the week having snapped a two-match losing streak with a straight sets victory over Robert Morris (Ill.) on Friday evening. Clarke travels to Saint Xavier on Monday and hosts Siena Heights on Friday before hosting Lourdes. Tyler Wills leads the team with 116 kills this season while Joe Kosciw has handed out 253 assists. Kevin Murphy has a team-high 177 digs while Justin Mullady has recorded 34 blocks.
Gray Wolves Look to Raise Money for AHA: Lourdes will be raising money for the American Heart Association at the match on Tuesday evening against Siena Heights. Donations will be accepted at the match as well as online.
Tough Losses: Lourdes has already dropped a pair of matches that went the full five sets this season after losing just one five-set match all of last season. The Gray Wolves were 4-1 in five-set contests in 2012. Both losses were even more difficult for Lourdes this season as the Gray Wolves won the first two sets in both matches.
Embarking on a Long Road Trip: After Tuesday's match against Siena Heights, Lourdes will play 14 straight matches on the road and 16 straight contests away from Tam-o-Shanter. The Gray Wolves will not return "home" until March 15 for a match against Saint Xavier at Springfield High School.
Jumping on Top Quick: Lourdes has won the opening set in five of the six matches this season. The lone match in which the Gray Wolves did not win set one was against NCAA Division I IPFW.
Digging Them Up: Brad Miller has registered 59 digs for Lourdes in the first six matches of the season, leading the way. The sophomore is averaging 2.6 digs per set, a mark that ranks sixth among all NAIA players this season.
Killing Them: Lourdes ranks third in the nation as a team averaging 12.3 kills per set through six matches. Not surprisingly, the Gray Wolves are also third as a team in assists as well, averaging 11.6 per set. Chris DiMarco leads the way for the Gray Wolves with 4.22 kills per set, a mark that ranks second among all NAIA players.
Captains Named: Senior Nick DiMarco and junior Trevor Lund have been named team captains for the 2013 season. DiMarco led the Gray Wolves with 342 kills one season ago and will be a two-time team captain. Lund will be in his first season at Lourdes after transferring in from Irvine Valley College.
This and That: Lourdes has used a balanced attack this season with five players averaging between .200 and .288 in hitting percentage ... Oliver Cizmazia and Trevor Lund share the team lead with six service aces each ... Frank Craig has 17 total blocks on the year after tallying 10 last weekend in Wisconsin ... Nick DiMarco has scored a team-leading 102.5 points.