Coleman Shines in 5 Set Thriller
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[March 24, 2017]
Deantrius Coleman was nearly unstoppable for the Lincoln
College Men's Volleyball team on Wednesday evening. The 6'4"
sophomore from North Chicago recorded kills on his first twelve
hitting attempts and finished with fifteen in the match. Despite
Coleman's heroic effort, it was the St. Ambrose JV team that came
out on top in the fifth set to earn the victory.
The evening began with a two-set win by St. Ambrose over the Lincoln
"B" squad. LC did not put up much of a fight in set one and dropped
it 25-14. However, in set two the Lynx rebounded to be much more
competitive and battled their way to a 21-21 tie with SAU.
LC let the momentum slip away at the wrong time though and lost the
set 25-23 to end the best-two-of-three sets match. Freshman outside
hitter Kenny Koster of Chicago and fellow freshman outside Noah Diab
of Rockford each had three kills in the match. Setter Jake Fleming
(Oak Lawn) recorded five set assists and two blocks.
The opening set of the varsity match, was a back and forth affair
that saw St. Ambrose maintain a one or two-point lead most of the
way. Lincoln was able to tie the score late in the set, but
eventually dropped it 25-23.
The Lynx were out of sorts in set two due to an early ankle injury
to sophomore setter/right side Greg Scott. Scott left the game with
an ankle sprain and was unable to return. Freshman Jake Fleming
filled in for Scott, and made several strong contributions, but set
two still went to SAU 25-20.
In set three, LC was able to regroup and regain the momentum. The
team rallied to win the set 25-21 then took set four 25-23 to force
a deciding set to fifteen.
In that set, Lincoln fell behind 8-4, but rallied again behind the
consistent offense of Coleman and improved team blocking at the net.
The Lynx tied the score at 8-8 and even worked their way to having
two match point opportunities, but in the end St. Ambrose got the
final point to fall their way and won the set 17-15.
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Coleman's fifteen kills led the Lynx who also got
strong contributions from Charles Carter who had nine kills and
Corey Poindexter who chipped in eight. Bryan Orellana dished out
eighteen set assists and scored a team-high eight points while Jake
Fleming contributed five kills and sixteen set assists.
LC Coach Mark Tippett: It's disappointing to come
away with a pair of losses tonight, but I could not be more proud of
the way our teams played. The B team rebounded well after a
disastrous first set, and the A group had to overcome a lot to put
themselves in position to win the match. I can't say enough about
the play of Deantrius Coleman. He was just automatic tonight. It is
a very good sign when our middle hitters are able to score the way
they did tonight because for middles to be able to have success the
whole team needs to be working well together. We are hopeful that
Greg Scott will recover quickly. Jake Fleming did an outstanding job
coming off the bench and I am confident he will be able to perform
well until Greg is ready to go again.
Lincoln (17-13) will travel to Grand Rapids, MI this weekend to
participate in the Davenport University Invitational Tournament.
Tippett with photo by Mark Gordon]