NIB-12 meet: Led by a six-game series of 1310 from Kyle Cones, Geneseo placed sixth. Cones had an impressive high game of 290, one strike shy of a perfect game. He placed fourth overall. Sebastian Einfeldt, Justin Ford and Logan Munoz all also had scores north of 200.
Galesburg 2673, RI 2635: The Rocks were led by a high three-game series from Heather Motley with a total score of 561. Sarah Stevanovic had the highest game for RI with a 225. Amanda Munson also had a 200 game.
Geneseo 63, UTHS 15: The Maple Leafs received four forfeits and six pins in their victory over the Panthers. Senior standout Billy Blaser pinned opponent Tete Houdeckar in 5:25 in the heavyweight match.
MerCo 2-0 at Rockridge tri: The Golden Eagles defeated Morrison 55-22 and the host Rockets 51-26. Caleb Smith went 2-0 with two pins in first periods. Steven Speaker II also received two pins for the Golden Eagles. Nolan Throne went 2-0 for the Rockets with a forfeit and a 16-0 technical fall. The Mustangs defeated Rockridge in the other dual of the day 48-33.
Sherrard 66, Putnam/Hall 6: Sherrard received five forfeits and five pins en route to its victory over Putnam/Hall. Gavin White earned the quickest pin for the Tigers with a 1:13 stick. Josh Bynum, Wyatt Frere, Jacob Hanson and Andrew Ryckeghem also pinned their opponents for Sherrard.
Canton 42, Orion 35: Despite a quick pin from heavyweight senior standout Logan Lee, the Chargers fell short against the Little Giants. Lee pinned his opponent in just 1:34.
SAU 63, Robert Morris 51: St. Ambrose moved to 14-4 overall and 7-2 in the CCAC with its win over Robert Morris. The Bees were led by Candace Finnin with 18 points and Hailey Cook with 17. Maddi Epperson led the team in assists with five and rebounds with nine.
St. Ambrose will open the 2019 season as the No. 6-ranked team in the country as the NAIA Men’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 10 Poll was announced by the national office.
The Bees, coming off a 21-10 campaign last season, received 65 points in the poll voted upon by head coaches representing each of the conferences, Association of Independent Institutions and Unaffiliated Groups.
Conference rival Cardinal Stritch sits right behind St. Ambrose at No. 7 in the rankings. The Wolves (25-9, 11-1 CCAC in 2018) edged the Bees (10-2 CCAC) for first place in the conference last season. Fellow CCAC foe Robert Morris is just outside the top-10, listed first among schools receiving votes in the poll.
The Bees will open the 2019 campaign at No. 1 Grand View on Jan. 18. The team’s home opener is the next day against Graceland at 4 p.m.