by Michelle Thornton
Assistant Features Editor
CSU San Bernardino’s Coyote Den was the site of the University of La Verne men’s volleyball match on Saturday, as the Leopards invaded the opposition’s territory to win in three straight games, 15-6, 17-15, 15-9.
During the first and third games, the Leopards were able to minimize their serving errors, but the second game was a different story.
The errors made during the second game by La Verne gave San Bernardino more opportunities to score than they should have had, keeping them in the game.
“We did our best. We were obviously a better team. We didn’t play down to them, we played our game. A couple of times they got up on us but then we buckled down and beat them,” said senior setter Morgan Coberly.
ULV had five of its players reach double digits for kills. Junior Jason Flick led the way with 20, junior Chris Peterson followed with 18, freshman Alex Lienert had 12, senior Joel Harworth had 11 and senior Ryan Allen finished the match with 10.
The team played well and scored fast due to the fact that its passing allowed the middle-hitters to set well.
“We discussed what it was we wanted to do and then we went out and did it,” said freshman middle-hitter Alex Lienert.
“San Bernardino was a big match for us because they are a Division II school and it is important for our Division III ranking, ” said senior opposite-hitter Ryan Allen of La Verne’s No. 2 national ranking in Division III.
“We had to beat UC San Diego because they beat San Bernardino, so in turn we had to beat San Bernardino to continue to study ahead of San Diego,” said Allen.
The Leopards play against Pacific Christian tonight at 7:30.