Banda Posts Double-Double as V-Hawks Fall to Bees
DAVENPORT, Iowa – The Viterbo University Men's Volleyball team traveled to St. Ambrose University (Iowa) on Thursday night, but lost the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) matchup, 1-3 (25-10, 18-25, 23-25, 22-25). The V-Hawks now sit at 6-14 (3-7 CCAC), while the Fighting Bees improve to 5-16 (4-6 CCAC).
After the teams traded points early in the first set, the V-Hawks started to pull ahead after St. Ambrose errors and a Joe Todd-Logan Amdur block, 9-3. Juan Banda put down multiple kills and consecutive aces to extend the lead to 17-6, followed by a Jacob Nonn kill. Kou Her added a pair of aces of his own, and an error by the Bees ended the set 25-10.
Amdur set Banda for a kill to start the second, and Todd and Nonn combined for a kill to give Viterbo a 5-4 edge early. A quick run by SAU gave them the lead, 7-10, but Nonn and Caleb Koza's kills turned the set back VU, 15-14. The teams traded points, but after Banda's kill made it 18-20, St. Ambrose ran five straight for the win.
The Bees took the lead early in the third, going up 5-8 before Amdur's solo block. An SAU error started a 6-0 V-Hawk run that included two Todd aces to take a 13-11 lead. Koza, Nonn, and Banda fueled the offense as the teams traded points leading to a 22-21Viterbo lead late, but a 1-4 run for St. Ambrose gave the Bees the win.
The Bees grabbed the advantage early in the fourth by going up 5-8, but Todd and Nonn helped chip away at the lead. St. Ambrose responded with five straight points, and after a couple errors, extended that to 11-19. Alex Kratzenstein and Nonn each contributed kills, and Koza started a 5-0 run to close the set to 20-23. Nonn's solo block and a final Bee error were not enough, and St. Ambrose won 22-25.
Nonn led all players with 15 kills on .205 hitting, while Banda had a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs. Amdur had a game-high 31 assists. Nick Fox had 14 kills while hitting .565 for the Bees.
Viterbo returns to action on Friday. March 10 as they host Trinity International University.