It was a sweet senior night for six Kingsmen student-athletes, as the Cal Lutheran men’s volleyball team defeated Moorpark College 3-1 (25-16, 25-21, 21-25, 25-15) inside Gilbert Arena for the final match of the year on Tuesday.
Cal Lutheran is one of 450 Division III institutions around the country. During the week of April 3-9, all members will host Division III Week, aimed at celebrating what those schools have to offer student-athletes in the classroom, in the field of play and in the community during the 43rd year of the NCAA.
The final weekend of competition for the Cal Lutheran men’s volleyball team pitted the Kingsmen against No. 6 UC Santa Cruz for a pair of matches as well as a single match against Benedictine-Mesa at the UC Santa Cruz Slug Fest Tournament.
For the second time this season, the Cal Lutheran men’s volleyball team squared off against a formidable, NCAA Division II, Concordia Irvine squad and on Wednesday night fell to the Eagles 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-21) inside Gilbert Arena.
On the last day of the Second Annual Cal Lu Fornia Invitational, the Cal Lutheran men’s volleyball team swept past Regis (Mass.) 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-19) inside Gilbert Arena on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Kingsmen conclude a strong showing as tournament hosts, winning two out of three matches in two days.
On the first day of the Second Annual Cal Lu Fornia Invitational, the Cal Lutheran men’s volleyball team split the competition, defeating Benedictine-Mesa (Ariz.) in a five-set thriller 3-2 (25-12, 16-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12) before falling to No. 10 Wentworth 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-23) inside Gilbert Arena.
CLU def. BU 3-2 The Kingsmen started the first match of the weekend on a strong note, hitting a blistering .478 in the first set while putting the Redhawks away 25-12. With the score 7-5 early on, the Violet and Gold strung together 12 straight points with Kristian Gallardo behind the service line. Gallardo was a force to be reckoned with all match, tallying four service aces, including three in the first set alone.
After nearly three weeks away from home, the Cal Lutheran men’s volleyball team returned to Gilbert Arena where they squared off against NAIA No. 10 Clarke (Iowa) on Monday night. Winners of 12 straight matches, the Crusaders stayed hot with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-16) sweep over the Kingsmen.
The severe storms that hit Southern California this weekend altered the Cal Lutheran men’s volleyball trip to Arizona. Forced to travel on game day after being rerouted through a different airport, the Kingsmen were able to salvage one of two scheduled matches in Arizona, but Grand Canyon University proved to be too much for visiting CLU as the team fell 3-0 (25-16, 25-14, 25-20) on Saturday evening.