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News · Lincoln Bergey (’18) / Liberty Earns First Ever East Coast Championship


By ECVA Staff04/07/19, 10:45AM EDT

After a day packed with intense drama, Coach Bryan Rigg’s Flames took care of business when it mattered most. When all was said and done, Liberty captured its first ever ECVA East Coast Championship Saturday night at Maryland’s Reckord Armory.

The Flames managed to finish the day with a perfect 6-0 record after vanquishing several of the ECVA’s best teams. The team’s morning began with a relatively easy sweep of SUNY-Binghamton (25-15, 25-20), who was the third seed out of the North Division. Next, it was #21 Maryland, the second seed out of the Central Division. The host Terrapins had thoughts of an upset, jumping out to an early lead and closing the first set 25-16. Liberty bounced right back with a dominating 25-14 win in set two and managed to carry the momentum all the way to a 17-15 win in the third.

That set up a much anticipated matchup with defending ECVA champion Florida, ranked #5 nationally. Playing without their two starting outside hitters, the Gators were still dominant throughout the day, sweeping both Binghamton and Maryland before taking the first set against Liberty 25-22. Once again, the Flames roared back to take the next two 25-17, 15-11, thanks to the stellar play of setter Kaden Knepper.

Despite winning the pool, Liberty’s efforts were not enough to earn a bye to the semifinals. Instead, they would have to survive another test, this time from  #10 Central Florida in a single set quarterfinal. The Knights had just beaten #7 Penn State and were riding a wave of momentum into the playoffs, but after the back and forth affair, Liberty emerged with a 26-24 win. Freshman opposite Josh Knapp and senior middle Eugene Dejesus were instrumental in the team’s victory.

The semifinal match pitted Liberty against its South Division rival Virginia Tech and gave the Flames an opportunity to avenge last weekend’s loss to the Hokies in the divisional championship. Liberty, clearly playing with confidence and something to prove, overwhelmed #14 Virginia Tech for a 2-0 sweep  (25-11, 25-23). It was the team’s third win over the Hokies this season in their four matchups.

The biggest surprises of the day took place in the other side of the bracket, where #16 Delaware, playing without all-star outside hitter A.J. Schaeffer, managed to upset Florida 29-27 in its quarterfinal match before losing to unranked North Carolina State. The Wolfpack stunned everyone by sweeping #7 Penn State, #10 Central Florida, and Buffalo in pool play and earning the top seed in the playoffs. Playing like men possessed, middle blocker Jaysen Zaleski and outside hitter Kai Dunston, then led NC State to a 2-1 win over Delaware (25-22, 22-25, 15-13) to punch their ticket to the finals against Liberty.

Liberty and NC State had played twice earlier this season, with Liberty escaping both times by narrow margins. The first set was a similar story, as Liberty pulled away down the stretch for a 27-25 win. The Flames continued to get hotter throughout the match, however, and the second set was no contest. Knepper’s defense and pressure from the service line propelled Liberty to a 25-16 win. A service error by the Wolfpack ended the match and sent the Flames dancing in celebration.

Knepper, Dejesus, and Knapp were voted onto the All-ECVA Team, along with Zalinski and Dunston of NC State, Jack Jagodzinski of Virginia Tech, and Quinlan Kauffman of Delaware.

In Division II, Penn State-B claimed its fifth East Coast title in just the last seven years. The Nittany Lions, ranked #1 in the country in the latest NCVF Division III poll, defeated Buffalo-B, Virginia Tech-C, and Canisius in pool play before beating Buffalo-B once again in the semifinals and Liberty-B in the finale.

The championship match was a back and forth affair, as Liberty-B pulled ahead with a win in the first set. Penn State-B responded with a strong performance in the second set, cruising to a 25-18 win. The deciding set was neck and neck until the final minutes, when Penn State-B pulled ahead for a 15-11 win, thanks to the relentless attack of outside hitter Brad Colditz and middle blocker Kyle Martini. Libero Waldemar Rivera-Berrios’s passing and defense were impeccable throughout the day, earning him the tournament’s MVP award.

Rivera-Berrios, Colditz, and Martini were joined by Liberty’s Cody Reinsma and Lincoln Bergey, Virginia Tech-B’s Griff Bailey, and Buffalo-B’s Shyne Mon on the All-ECVA Team. 

The ECVA’s best will now look ahead to Denver and the 2019 NCVF National Championship Tournament, set for April 18-20.

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News · Lincoln Bergey (’18) Defensive Powerhouse For Liberty Volleyball


Flames’ DI, DII men’s volleyball teams earn East Coast bids

February 9, 2019  |  Lynchburg, Va.

Junior libero Daniel Koloff serves in last weekend's Midnight Mayhem win over Virginia Tech. (Photo by Gabrielle Calhoun) test test test test

Junior libero Daniel Koloff serves in last weekend’s Midnight Mayhem win over Virginia Tech. (Photo by Gabrielle Calhoun)

Liberty University’s Division I and II men’s volleyball teams both met rival Virginia Tech in the final matches of Saturday’s East Coast Volleyball Association (ECVA) South Division Play Date at the LaHaye Multipurpose Center, clinching automatic bids to the April 6 East Coast Championships at Maryland.

Liberty’s Division I team dropped only one game on the day and finished 5-0 in match play, sweeping Virginia in the opening round of pool play, 25-22, 25-15, before spiking North Carolina, 25-22, 25-16, and battling North Carolina State to a 25-16, 24-26, 15-8 victory.

“The competition was great, but today was a really good day for us,” Liberty Head Coach Bryan Rigg said. “Everything was clicking for these guys today and everybody played very well all around.”

The Flames dominated JMU in the semifinals, 25-11, 25-19, setting up a championship rematch with Virginia Tech, the team it defeated in four games in last weekend’s best-of-five Midnight Mayhem match in the Vines Center. Liberty swept the Hokies in Saturday’s final, 25-22, 25-15.

“This time we played better as a team,” Flames senior middle hitter Gene Dejesus said. “Everyone came ready to play today and it was great. We were super scrappy on defense, we got great serving, great passing, and everyone was just dominating when they had the chance to hit a set-up from (senior setter) Kaden (Knepper).”

Liberty set the tone for points with exceptional serving, with senior outside hitter Brady Quakenbush, sophomore outside hitter Sean Taggart, junior libero Daniel Koloff, and Knepper each recording between five and 10 aces.

“Our serves are offensive right now and the Virginia Tech match is a classic example,” Rigg said. “They couldn’t pass three of our servers and that changes the whole dynamic of the game.”

On attack, Dejesus, freshman opposite hitter Joshua Knapp, and freshman outside hitter James Morton were complemented by freshman outside hitter James Morton and senior middle blockers Jacob Holbert and Zachary Martyn.

“We played consistently, we got all 10 guys in, and Gene (Dejesus) and Josh (Knapp) really picked it up with their hitting and blocking,” Rigg said. “Bringing James (Morton) off the bench, he only gets a few attempts each game, but he crushes them, and as an outside hitter, he hits at a high percentage.”

The Flames’ DII squad finished 3-1 on the day, with their only setback in the final match against Virginia Tech, falling 25-16, 25-14. Liberty sandwiched sweeps of Longwood (25-15, 25-21) and Christopher Newport (25-21, 25-17) around a 25-14, 20-25, 15-9 triumph over William & Mary.

“What we are working on is our mental toughness,” Flames Assistant Coach Josiah Williams said after coaching the team for the first time. “Our passing was there and we were clicking the entire day until that last match when the passing started to break down a little bit, the sets weren’t there, the hitting wasn’t there, the blocking wasn’t there, and the guys started to get down.”

Freshman middle hitter Luke Marine led the team in blocks, Logan Spieker paced the Flames in aces and shared team highs in kills with fellow freshman outside hitter Cody Reinsma. Senior libero Jared Patterson and freshman Lincoln Bergey were defensive powerhouses, leading the team in digs and passes, and senior setter Eli Plasterer orchestrated the offense, distributing the majority of the assists.

Liberty’s DI and DII teams will find out on Wednesday where they stand in the season’s first National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) rankings before the DI squad travels to Bloomington, Ind., to compete in next Saturday’s and Sunday’s Hoosier-Illini Classic. At last year’s tournament, the Flames were undefeated before being eliminated by the Hokies in the semifinal round.

 

By Ted Allen/Staff Writer  Original Article From Liberty Athletics

News · Logan Hunsberger (’14) Named ENC Assistant Men’s Volleyball Coach


QUINCY, Mass.- Eastern Nazarene College men’s volleyball head coach Derek Schmitt has announced the hiring of Logan Hunsberger (’14 Dock Mennonite Academy Alumni) as assistant men’s volleyball coach.

A 2018 graduate of Messiah College, Hunsberger was a member of the Falcons’ inaugural men’s volleyball varsity team in 2018. He led the team with 252 kills and added 30 aces. Hunsberger guided Messiah to a second-place finish in the Middle Atlantic Conference and was named to the All-MAC first team.

“I feel very fortunate to have Logan joining the men’s volleyball program this year.  He comes highly recommended by several people who I greatly respect.  From the initial communication phase through the interview to now, I can tell that Logan is a great fit for ENC and he loves volleyball,” commented Schmitt. “With Logan having just gone through the initial season for the Messiah men’s volleyball program, I believe that will help him have a better understanding of ENC’s program that will be entering just its’ third season of competition.”

The Lions are slated to open the 2019 campaign with three matches in the Big Apple starting with a showdown at St. Joseph’s Brooklyn January 18 followed by a tri-match at John Jay with Mount Saint Vincent the next day.

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Boys Varsity Volleyball · Hunsberger (’14) and Hoover (’14) Selected to All-MAC Volleyball Team


Read full article from Messiah College HERE

ANNVILLE, Pa. – With the Middle Atlantic Conference Semifinal one day away, the conference has announced the first ever All-MAC men’s volleyball team. The Falcons received six conference honors and head coach Justin Beachy led the way with Coach of the Year.

Brad Nase and Logan Hunsberger were named to the First Team, while Brendan WarrenCaleb Weaver, and Travis Hoover received Second Team honors.

In the first year of his head coaching career at Messiah, Justin Beachy received the MAC Coach of the Year award, which speaks highly of his leadership on and off the court during this inaugural season. Beachy has led the Falcons to a 15-9 overall record and the No. 2-seed heading into the MAC conference tournament.

Brad Nase, who is currently ranked seventh in the nation and leads the conference in assists per set (10.05), picked up First Team recognition for the Falcons. This honor is well deserved for Nase as he has distributed the ball well to his hitters consistently all year. He has collected 784 assists this season and has helped lead his team to be one of the top offensive teams in the conference. Messiah leads the conference in kills per set (12.13) and is second in hitting percentage (.264).

Logan Hunsberger is the second Falcon named to the All-MAC First Team. Hunsberger has been a standout performer and leader for Messiah in their first season as an official collegiate program. He leads his team in kills per set (3.13), total service aces (30), and is second in digs (121). Hunsberger collected a season-high of 24 kills in their tough loss to Eastern Mennonite University back in March.

Brendan Warren is another senior leader for Messiah and he received Second Team honors. Warren is a well-rounded player and has been playing in the libero position for Messiah. Warren’s strengths are serve receive, keeping the Falcons in system, and covering his attackers. He has collected a total of 105 digs this season.

Caleb Weaver also picked up Second Team recognition for the Falcons. Weaver is an enthusiastic player and a steady defender for Messiah in his role as libero. Weaver’s specialty is defense and is ranked fourth in the conference in averaging 2.00 digs per set. He leads the Falcons in digs (144) and is third in assists (26).

Travis Hoover has been a dynamic attacker on the right side for the Falcons and he was also named to the Second Team. Hoover is second on the team in kills (209) and kills per set (2.79) and is fourth in the MAC in hitting efficiency (.348). He is also a big defender at the net and averages 0.51 blocks per set.

A complete listing of the All-MAC honors is below:

2018 All-MAC Men’s Volleyball
Player of the Year: Landon Shorts (Jr.), Stevenson
Co-Rookie of the Year: Ryan Miller (Fr.), Misericordia, Nate Reynolds (Fr.), Stevenson
Coach of the Year: Justin Beachy, Messiah
First Team All-MAC
Libero Derek Tangorra Stevenson Sophomore
Setter Brad Nase Messiah Junior
Middle Hitter Austin Braas Arcadia Sophomore
Middle Hitter Nate Reynolds Stevenson Freshman
Outside Hitter Logan Hunsberger Messiah Senior
Outside Hitter Jason Manley Arcadia Sophomore
Outside Hitter Ryan Miller Misericordia Freshman
Outside Hitter Landon Shorts Stevenson Junior
Outside Hitter Logan Smiley Stevenson Freshman
Second Team All-MAC 
Libero Brendan Warren Messiah Senior
Libero Caleb Weaver Messiah Sophomore
Setter Anthony Devantier Arcadia Freshman
Setter Daniel Sales Wilkes Senior
Outside Hitter Quinn Baily Arcadia Freshman
Outside Hitter Jason Gardner Stevenson Junior
Outside Hitter Colin Welteroth Alvernia Sophomore
Right Side Travis Hoover Messiah Senior

News · Messiah College First-Ever D3 Volleyball Roster Released


Messiah College just released its first-ever D3 Volleyball roster, and a few names should look familiar as they are recent Dock Mennonite Academy alumni.

12 Travis Hoover 6-3 Sr. RS Schwenksville, PA Dock Mennonite Academy
13 Noah Shreiner 6-2 So. MH Harleysville, PA Dock Mennonite Academy
14 Logan Hunsberger 6-2 Sr. OH Telford, PA Dock Mennonite Academy

 

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