A near school record blocking performance helped Lindenwood earn a comeback victory against a Big West opponent.
Lindenwood finished with 19 blocks as it defeated CSUN 25-17, 31-33, 18-25, 25-21, 15-12 on Saturday in St. Charles, Missouri, to complete the two-match weekend series sweep.
This is the second-most blocks for the Lions in a single-match since transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division II in 2012. It also was the third-most blocks for any NCAA Division I-II team in a match this season.
Both middle attacker Sam Schindler and outside attacker AJ Lewis finished with a match-high nine blocks in the non-conference victory. In addition, Schindler had a block in the fifth game that helped the Lions open on a 3-1 run.
Lindenwood out-hit CSUN .293 to .221, including having a match-best .571 attack percentage during the decisive fifth. The Lions had three players finish with double-digit kills.
Lewis led all players with 17 kills, while outside attacker Diego Negron added 14 kils along with a match-high three aces. Schindler contributed 10 kills on a .529 attack percentage to help the Lions extend their winning streak to four matches.
CSUN middle attacker Daniel Wetter in the loss had both a team-high 15 kills and five blocks in the loss.
Check out Off the Block’s postmatch interview at the top of this article with Lindenwood coach Joe Kosciw following the non-conference victory.