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Men's Volleyball - Fri, Jan. 13, 2012
St. Louis, MO - The men's volleyball program picked up two wins after beating #5 Cardinal Stritch University 3-1 and sweeping first-year program Rust College 3-0.

Graceland started out the day against the Wolves. The first set featured extra volleyball as each team was unwilling to secede the game.

Tied at 25, Graceland took the lead on a kill by Andres Quinones, assisted by Ricardo Ferrer. The teams went back-and-forth until CSU was able to notch the final two points of the set to claim the 30-28 win in the first set.

Despite losing the first set, it was all Graceland after that as the Jackets swept the final three set by scores of 25-12, 25-20, 25-20.

Anthony Robinson led GU in kills with 17 on the match with Andres Quinones adding 11. Phil Beckman and Jon Welch each notched ten kills in the first match.

On the defensive end, Bronson Sagon recorded 19 digs while Quinones helped out with 13.

"We came into today's contest with the gameplan of being less aggressive on our serves, hoping to increase our consistency," said head coach Chad McDole. "We didn't want to give away free points, and against Cardinal Stritch we did just that.

"It's still a learning process, but we played with tremendous ball control."

In the second match of the afternoon, GU faced a first-year program in Rust College from Mississippi.

The Bearcats proved to be an easier foe than CSU as the Jackets handled the novice squad 25-14, 25-13, 25-16.

"Rust is a first year program, but they played hard," added McDole. "We wanted to capitalize on their mistakes. We look at each game as a chance to improve. This game was no different."

Robinson again led the way with 18 kills. Kyle Kurlander paced the passing game for GU with 21 sets while only committing two errors.

Graceland will now take some time off as it prepares for Missouri Valley College. The Jackets will travel to Marshall, Mo. on January 25th for an MAMVIC match-up with the Vikings.

Remember to tune in at GUjackets.com for the latest men's volleyball information and all things Graceland athletics.

For more information on Graceland University Athletics, contact:
Matt Shelton, Sports Information Director | (641) 784-5318 | mshelton@graceland.edu

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