Boston, Mass. — The Cal Lutheran Kingsmen opened their six-game east coast trip with a perfect afternoon against the Emmanuel Saints and Lesley Lynx. Andrew Reina's 14 kills ignited the Kingsmen to their sweep against Emmanuel and overall strong hitting by the team dominated Lesley for the 3-0 win in match two.
CLU Sweep Emmanuel behind Reina's 14 kills
A kill from Kingsmen's Michael Campbell opened up the morning matchup, but leads were short held in set one against the Emmanuel (Mass.) Saints. The teams matched one another nearly point-for-point throughout the set, neither holding more than a two-point advantage. Down 25-24, consecutive kills by Reina and Campbell gave the Kingsmen the one-point lead before an attack error by Emmanuel sealed the 27-25 set win.
Cal Lutheran continued to cruise through sets two and three, 25-18 and 25-19 respectively. The teams battled in set two until the Kingsmen went on an 11-3 scoring run to push their lead to 20-13 and closed out the set on a decisive kill by Patrick Rowe. Set three looked similar as a block assist by Nick Christy and Brendan Ward created the team's second seven-point lead of the match and the Saints eventually dropped the set on a service error.
Reina finished the morning with 14 kills, followed by Rowe with nine and Justin Dietrich with eight. Campbell added seven kills of his own, hitting a .556 mark and moving just five kills away from being the program all-time leader in kills.
Kingsmen Overwhelm Lesley 3-0
In match two of the day, Cal Lutheran swept their opponents once again and outscored the Lesley Lynx 75-24. Five Kingsmen hit above .550 and the team as a whole hit above .550 in the first two sets.
After opening set one on a 4-0 lead, the Kingsmen allowed just three points before scoring nine unanswered points behind serves from Kelly Jew. Ward recorded three kills in the run and finished with nine in the game, hitting .636. Just two points later, Cal Lutheran ran away on a 10-1 scoring run to dominate set one 25-6.
Cal Lutheran won set two by the same score on a 12-1 scoring run to shut down the Lynx. Though Lesley kept up with the Kingsmen to tie the score up at nine apiece in set three, they quickly exhausted and Mason Mercer sparked another 19-4 run to secure the perfect 6-0 day.
The Kingsmen continue their six-game road trip tomorrow against the Regis Pride at 3 p.m. PST.
Box Score: CLU 3, EU 0; CLU 3, LU 0
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