KENOSHA, Wis.— No. 12 Cal Lutheran was outplayed at the net by No. 3 Carthage as the Kingsmen fell to the Red Men in straight sets on Friday night. The scores of the match were 21-25, 17-25, 22-25.
Boasting one of the toughest schedules in Division III, the Kingsmen (4-4) lost their third match with a top-five team. The other two losses came at the hand of then-No. 5 SUNY New Paltz. Carthage remains undefeated at 6-0.
Cal Lutheran had a season-low three blocks. Their previous low was seven. The Red Men showed why they are the No. 3 team in the nation and outhit the Kingsmen .309 to .194, had more digs 47-31 and tallied five aces to CLU's one.
The bright spot from the game was Justin Dietrich as he tallied a season high in kills and hitting percentage. The junior middle blocker swatted down 11 kills and did so with a .688 clip.
Defensively, Marc Quezada had a team-high six digs and Dietrich and Rowe both tallied two blocks.
Carthage was on fire from the beginning of the match and took a quick 7-2 lead in the first set. Cal Lutheran battled back, showing it can play with top competition, and only trailed by one just over halfway through the set (15-14). The Red Men then used a 4-1 run to give them some breathing room. Carthage would take the first set 25-21.
The beginning of the second set was not what the Kingsmen were looking for as the Red Men jumped out to an 8-1 lead. Carthage wouldn't let up and were up by as much as 12 (15-3). The Red Men took the second set 25-17 as they shut down the Kingsmen.
Carthage continued to put up the points and led the third set 9-3. With the Red Men up 22-15, the Kingsmen made their move as they tried to avoid the sweep. CLU went on a 5-0 run before Carthage called a timeout. The Kingsmen showed hear, but couldn't get any closer. Carthage won the set 25-22 and the match 3-0.
Cal Lutheran continues the weekend with more ranked teams. The Kingsmen play No. 7 North Central on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. PST and then No. 9 Benedictine at 12:30 p.m.
Box Score: CC 3, CLU 0
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Release by Ryan Jorgenson, Sports Information Director