THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - For the final time in its inaugural season, the Cal Lutheran men's volleyball team squared off inside Gilbert Arena where the Kingsmen fell to Ramapo 3-1 (25-19, 25-20, 16-25, 25-22) on Tuesday. The night, however, was about more than just volleyball as CLU teamed up with Cancer Fit Inc. to promote Childhood Cancer Awareness, and 13-year-old cancer survivor, Tyler Thompson, served as the honorary captain for the match.
Thompson, who was paired with the Kingsmen volleyball team through the MVP Sports Draft Program, received a golden volleyball signed by all the players and also conducted the pre-match coin toss. Additionally, seniors Nolan Forghani, Hunter Horn and Ben Quantock were recognized for their hard work and dedication to the volleyball program in its first season.
As the game got underway, Ramapo came out swinging as they jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead behind a 25-19 first set and 25-20 second set. The Roadrunners hit .333 in both sets as they totaled 11 kills and just three errors on 24 attacks in each game. Looking to avoid a sweep in its final home match, the Kingsmen rallied together and dominated in the third for a 25-16 win.
The Violet and Gold capitalized on early attacking errors in the set and pulled away late with back-to-back-to-back kills from Nicholas Oertli, Horn and Robert Rutecki to give CLU a 16-8 lead. Rutecki added another kill later in the game and Horn closed out the set with a kill on an assist from Nick Shoemate.
In the fourth, the Kingmen made a late push to nearly even the score but the Roadrunners sealed the victory with a 25-22 fourth set win.
Horn led CLU with 13 kills, followed by Oertli who added nine. Shoemate dished out 34 assists and Jamal Balkhi led the way with 10 digs.
Ramapo was led by Paul Close and Justin Feigeles who recorded 15 kills and 14, respectively.
Cal Lutheran (4-19) will now travel to New York for a quartet of matches this weekend, starting this Friday, Mar. 18 with a pair against Medaille and Nazareth.