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Stewart helps Warriors share WHAC season title

Entornointeligente.com / Na­tion­al men’s vol­ley­baller, Daynte Stew­art had a joint team-high ten kills as the 11th ranked In­di­ana Tech men’s vol­ley­ball team end­ed the 2021 Wolver­ine-Hoosier Ath­let­ic Con­fer­ence (WHAC) reg­u­lar-sea­son on a high note by sweep­ing Siena Heights Uni­ver­si­ty 25-20, 26-24, 25-19 on at the Schae­fer Cen­ter, Fort Wayne, In­di­ana, USA last Thurs­day.

With the win, In­di­ana Tech and Lour­des Uni­ver­si­ty, which were stunned by Aquinas on Sat­ur­day in their fi­nal match (25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 21-25) end­ed the reg­u­lar-sea­son both with 10-2 league records has to set­tle as joint con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons.

Lour­des and In­di­ana Tech split dur­ing the sea­son and In­di­ana Tech had an ear­ly loss to Siena Heights.

The cham­pi­onship came down to the fi­nal match on Sat­ur­day where Aquinas up­set the Gray Wolves for their sec­ond loss.

It’s the sec­ond cham­pi­onship for Lour­des af­ter win­ning the in­au­gur­al sea­son in 2019 and the first for In­di­ana Tech. There was no cham­pi­on named last year due to the sea­son not be­ing able to be com­plet­ed be­cause of the coro­n­avirus (COVID-19).

Goshen and Siena Heights tied for third with 7-5 WHAC records while Mount Ver­non Nazarene and Aquinas tied for fifth at 4-8. First-year pro­gram Cor­ner­stone fin­ished 0-12.

In­di­ana Tech end­ed the reg­u­lar sea­son with an over­all win-loss record of 15-4 while Lour­des fin­ished 12-2 go­ing in­to the WHAC semi­fi­nals on Fri­day.

In the semi­fi­nals, In­di­ana Tech comes up against Siena Col­lege from 4 pm, while Lour­des faces Goshen three hours lat­er on Fri­day for places in the fi­nal on Sat­ur­day at Lour­des will host the Cham­pi­onship at the Rus­sell J. Ebeid Recre­ation Cen­ter.

Since Lour­des and In­di­ana Tech tied for the reg­u­lar-sea­son ti­tle with 10-2 WHAC records, a tiebreak­er pro­ce­dure of per­cent­age of sets won in head-to-head com­pe­ti­tion was used. Lour­des, the 2019 tour­na­ment cham­pi­on, took the tiebreak­er with .570 sets to take the top seed. In its first tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance, In­di­ana Tech sits as the sec­ond seed.

Af­ter ty­ing for third place with 7-5 records, Siena Heights gets the third seed over Goshen based on the same tiebreak­er as above. SHU won .560 of its sets against Goshen to be seed­ed third for the sec­ond time in tour­na­ment his­to­ry. Goshen is mak­ing its first ap­pear­ance in the tour­na­ment.

The tour­na­ment win­ner re­ceives the league’s au­to­mat­ic berth to the NA­IA Men’s Vol­ley­ball Na­tion­al Cham­pi­onship April 19-24 in Des Moines, Iowa. Lo­cal and state spec­ta­tor guide­lines will be fol­lowed and ca­pac­i­ty is lim­it­ed to ap­prox­i­mate­ly 150.

On Thurs­day, Tech got out to a 7-1 lead in the first set to force an ear­ly time­out from the Saints and nev­er looked back as they led wire-to-wire in the open­ing set.

Siena Heights used a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to 15-14, but Tech re­spond­ed with a 5-1 run to hold the lead be­fore even­tu­al­ly tak­ing the set 25-20.

The Saints came out with the mo­men­tum in the sec­ond as they took a 10-4 lead to start and used a 6-0 spurt to make it a 17-7 game.

The War­riors would not go down qui­et­ly though and start­ed to chip away at the deficit with a 4-0 run that put them down just 22-20. The vis­i­tors took the next two points to get to the set point, but the Or­ange and Black re­spond­ed with a 6-0 spurt to snatch the 2-0 lead.

The third set saw the Saints con­trol the ac­tion ear­ly with an 11-7 lead, but a 5-0 run from the War­riors put them up 12-11.

Tech grew the lead to 19-14 and fin­ished out the match with a 3-0 run and a block from Chase Chris­tiansen to com­plete the sweep.

In ad­di­tion to Stew­art, Ma­son Mi­lan al­so spiked ten kills for In­di­ana Tech while the T&T in­ter­na­tion­al al­so added three blocks and five digs.

FI­NAL WHAC TEAM STAND­INGS

1st. Lour­des (10-2)

1st. In­di­ana Tech (10-2)

3rd. Siena Heights (7-5)

3rd. Goshen (7-5)

5th. Mount Ver­non Nazarene (4-8)

5th. Aquinas (4-8)

7th. Cor­ner­stone (0-12)

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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