Some of the top Lindenwood players are closing out the decade earning a college men’s volleyball honor.
Off the Block announced on Monday the seven players selected to the Lindenwood All-Decade Starting Lineup presented by Off the Block.
The All-Decade Starting Lineup recognizes the best players to compete with a team since 2010. Similar to the starting lineup for a match, the All-Decade honor is comprised of a setter, opposite and libero along with two outside attackers and middle attackers.
The Off the Block staff determined the All-Decade Starting Lineup using a variety of factors including career statistical performance and the team’s overall success when a player was a member of the program.
This is also part of a series from Off the Block to celebrate the end of the decade in college men’s volleyball. Off the Block throughout the rest of 2019 will release an All-Decade Starting Lineup for every NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team.
Lindenwood opened the decade transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II and joined the MIVA in 2013. The Lions since joining the conference had three winning seasons and advanced to the MIVA Tournament semifinals in 2015.
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Lindenwood All-Decade Starting Lineup presented by Off the Block
Setter: Adam Brewster
Opposite: Colin Hackworth
Outside attacker: Jake Duckworth
Outside attacker: Michael Adams
Middle attacker: Connor Hipelius
Middle attacker: Scott Siwicki
Libero: Ryan Vorderer
Michael Adams (2012-14)
Awards and honors: N/A
Adams had more than 250 kills and 125 digs in each of his three seasons at Lindenwood. The outside attacker as a senior had a career-best 2.83 kills per game average and a .293 attack percentage — both in the top 20 of the MIVA. Adams in 2013 during Lindenwood’s inaugural season in the MIVA had double-digit kills in three conference matches and double-digit digs in two conference matches.
Adam Brewster (2016-19)
Awards and honors: 2018 Second-Team All-MIVA; 2019 All-MIVA Second-Team
Brewster as a four-year starting setter for Lindenwood ended each of his final two seasons fourth in the conference averaging more than 9.00 assists per game. He also contributed more than 100 digs in three consecutive seasons, including being in the conference’s top 20 with a career-best 1.66 digs per game average in 2017. The setter concluded that season becoming the first setter in Lindenwood’s program history to earn All-MIVA honors. In addition, Brewster during his sophomore year in 2017 helped Lindenwood pull off one of its biggest upsets in program history as he had a season-high eight blocks against No. 9 Loyola.
Jake Duckworth (2014-16)
Awards and honors: N/A
Duckworth led Lindenwood in kills in back-to-back seasons highlighted by being fifth in the MIVA with a career-best 3.34 kills per game average in 2016. The outside attacker in 2015 also finished in the conference’s top 10 averaging 0.34 aces per game. Among Duckworth’s top serving performances that season included having two aces in the decisive fifth game of Lindenwood’s upset victory against Purdue Fort Wayne in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals.
Colin Hackworth (2011-15)
Awards and honors:2013 Second-Team All-MIVA; 2014 Second-Team All-MIVA; 2015 First-Team All-MIVA
Hackworth finished in the conference’s top five for kills in three consecutive seasons. That three-year span culminated with him having a career-best 3.76 kills per game average during his senior season. The opposite as a senior had double-digit kills in all but four matches, including a match-high 16 kills to help Lindenwood upset Purdue Fort Wayne in the MIVA Tournament quarterfinals for the program’s first postseason win since joining the conference. Along with his offensive performance, Hackworth concluded both his junior and senior seasons sixth in the nation averaging more than 0.45 aces per game.
Connor Hipelius (2016-19)
Awards and honors: 2017 All-MIVA Honorable Mention; 2019 All-MIVA Second-Team
Hipelius led Lindenwood for four consecutive seasons hitting more than .340 in each season. The middle attacker as a senior was 11th in the nation hitting .390 and had a carer-best 2.02 kills per game average. Hipelius also was among the conference leaders in blocks for each of his final three seasons. He led the conference and was second in the nation with a 1.26 blocks per game average in 2017. The following season Hipelius was second in the MIVA averaging 1.16 blocks per game.
Scott Siwicki (2011-13)
Awards and honors: 2013 Second-Team All-MIVA
Siwicki as a senior had a career-best 2.05 kills per game average and was fourth in the nation with a .443 attack percentage. This was the second consecutive year that Siwicki hit more than .400. In each of Lindenwood’s first two seasons in the MIVA, Siwicki was among the conference leaders in blocks. The middle attacker finished with more than 200 career blocks and in 2013 was 12th in the conference with a career-best 86 blocks.
Ryan Vorderer (2015-18)
Awards and honors: 2018 Second-Team All-MIVA
Vorderer as a senior led the MIVA and was third in the nation with a carer-best 2.84 digs per game average. The libero that season had double-digit digs 15 matches, including a season-high 20 digs in a near upset against Ball State. This was the third consecutive year Vorderer was in the conference’s top-two for digs. Vorderer led the MIVA averaging 2.48 digs per game in 2017 and was second in the conference with a 2.46 digs per game average in 2016.