FAIRFAX, Virginia – The George Mason men's volleyball team win their home opener against the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras in a three-set sweep.
This match marks two wins in a row for the Patriots. The Green and Gold won with set scores of: 25-16, 25-15, and 25-17. With tonight's win, the Patriots move to 2-2 on the season, while the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras drops to 2-1.
After going back and forth in the first set, Radoslav Popov and Hunter Stevens combined to make two blocks in a row to make the score 12-10 in the Patriots favor. The Green and Gold didn't look back from there and went on to win the set easily 25-16. Along with the two crucial blocks, Popov also led the team with four kills in the first set.
The second set was all Mason as well. After kills by Radoslav Popov and Hunter Stevens, UPRRP committed three errors to give the Patriots five points in a row. Mason ended up winning this set after UPRRP committed two more errors in a row, topped off by a Radoslav Popov kill (25-15).
The Patriots jumped out to an early lead in the third set and didn't look back. After a kill by Jack Wilson made it match point, Carlos Acosta committed an error to end it (25-17).
The Patriots played well as a team, only committing a total of five errors. Meanwhile, UPRRP committed a total of 19 errors.
Jack Wilson had a match-best 12 kills, while only committing one error. Radoslav Popov also had a huge game, adding 11 kills and zero blocks. Pete Cuppernull dished out a match-best 35 assists and added seven digs on defense.
UPRRP were led by Gabriel Colon, who had a team-best nine kills. Meanwhile, Angel Rodriguez dished out a total of 14 assists.
George Mason will host Barton College on Friday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the RAC. The Green and Gold will host the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras again on Saturday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m.