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Ville Collects All-Division and All-Tournament Awards
Ville finished its season with a 32-9 overall record, and was 31-6 against D-II teams. Ville's only losses in D-II came at the hands of NIRSA top 10 teams: #9 Messiah (twice), #5 King's (twice), #5 Ohio Northern, and #5 Boston College.

During the season, Ville collected a number of wins over top 10 teams itself: #9 Messiah, #5 King's, #5 Susquehanna (twice), #9 Weber State, and #5 Winona State.

Ville won the West Division of the MACVC for the third time in four years, besting Messiah, SusQ, and Ship for the honor of "Best in the West". Ville was ranked #1 in the MACVC through most of the season, and had maintained an undefeated MACVC and D-II record into its final regular season match against Messiah College.

Ville players received many awards throughout the season, as Nate Gajecki picked up his third NIRSA All-Tournament honor (at setter) in Kansas City to go along with his awards from 1998 (Austin, TX) and 1999 (College Park, MD). Gajecki (setter), Duston Gladfelter (middle), and Tracey Schafer (libero) took 1st-Team All-Division honors for the West, while John Wagaman (middle) and Matt Shetzline (opposite) joined them at Honorable Mention. Erick Macek (outside) and Wagaman also collected honors as All-Tournament selections at the MACVC Championships at Messiah.



Ville Finishes 3rd at MACVC Championships
Ville overcame the absence of three-time NIRSA All-Tournament setter Nate Gajecki and NIRSA All-Tournament middle Duston Gladfelter (who were both taking their teacher certification tests), plus a nagging back injury to All-Division opposite Matt Shetzline to sweep its pool at the MACVC Championship Tournament at Messiah.

Keith Kohler - the setter of the future, here today - led the Marauders to sweeps of Penn State Berks (25-23, 28-26) and Kutztown (25-21, 25-18), and then helped Ville retain its cool in a hotly contested and emotionally charged match against MACVC black-sheep Lehigh (17-25, 25-19, 15-13).

The match against Penn State Berks featured the biggest come-back in a rally-score game in Ville history, as the Marauders found themselves in a 19-24 hole, and on the verge of being forced to play a 15-point deciding game. Instead, Ville toughened up every aspect of its game, serving tough, blocking well, keeping every ball off the floor, and executing their offense with flawless precision to fend off 7 game points and finally push to a 28-26 win.

Ville had an easier time with Kutztown, even though Matt Shetzline had to be pulled from the line-up due to a nagging back injury. All-Division Libero Tracey Schafer stepped in to swing for the Marauders, and Adam Hoke and Clee Brun filled in for Gladfelter as Ville swept Kutztown.

The match against Lehigh was nasty from the start - with insults and trash-talking continually exchanged between the teams from the time that Lehigh walked into the gym (late as usual). Ville was unable to keep up with Lehigh in the first game, as the constant barrage of insults across the net took Ville out of its game, and allowed Lehigh to forge a 9-2 lead that Lehigh carried to a 25-17 victory.

Ville responded to the challenge in the second game, and played their brand of ball: smart-hitting, strong blocking, and superb defense to thwart Lehigh's aspirations for a sweep. Ville then got down to serious business, as the third game turned into a slugfest on serve-receive. Ville was able to maintain its composure, and its intensity, and "engineered" a 15-13 win to take the match, and sweep its pool.

By finishing first in its pool, Ville earned a bye to the quarterfinals, where it awaited the winner of the Bloomsburg-Penn State Altoona challenge round match. PS-Altoona won that challenge match, and faced Ville for the fourth time this season.

Ville brought a ferocious block and attack to the court in the first game, as John Wagaman built the Great Wall of Ville - having a hand in all six of the Ville blocks in the first game to take a 25-13 win. PS-Altoona toughened up in the second game, but Ville still prevailed, 25-19, to sweep the match and meet King's College in the semifinals.

The King's match was punctuated by repeated kills from three hitters - Adam Lewis and Jimmy Ott for King's, and Erick Macek for Ville. Mace, disappointed with his exclusion from the MACVC West All-Division team, put on a hitting demonstration unlike anything that had come before in his three year career with Ville.

Mace hit .500 for the match, with 12 kills and only 2 errors on 20 attempts, and single-handedly kept Ville in the match. King's jumped to an early lead in the first game, but Ville fought its way back on energetic defense and Mace's flying attacks out of transition.

However, King's outside hitting tandem of Lewis and Ott, combined with some powerful Mike Falter kills at middle, overpowered the Marauders to take the first game, and then build an insurmountable lead in the second.

King's won the match 25-23, 25-19 and advanced to the finals against Messiah, who had just vanquished West Chester in three games to avenge an earlier season loss to WCU.

Keith Kohler made his debut as the starting setter for Ville, and did an excellent job in leading the Marauders throughout the tournament. Keith will "finally" grab the setting reigns from Gajecki this coming Fall, as he has followed "the red-haired kid" throughout his high school career at Warwick, and then at Ville.

King's won its second consecutive (and fourth overall) MACVC Championship by sweeping Messiah in the finals. King's truly took the hard road to victory, as it swept Shippensburg in pool play, Susquehanna in the quarters, Ville in the semi's and Messiah in the finals. Going into the MACVC Championships, Ship had been ranked 6th, SusQ 4th, Ville 2nd, and Messiah 1st. In addition, SusQ had just finished 5th at Nationals, while Ville and Messiah had both finished 9th.

Congratulations must go out to King's coach Bernie Kachinko for collecting his fourth MACVC title while at the Monarch's helm. Bernie is stepping down as coach of the men's team after 10 years, during which time his teams captured third-place (2000), fifth-place twice (1999, 2001), and two consolation championships (1996, 1997) at the NIRSA Collegiate Club Volleyball Championships.


Ville Takes 9th Place in D-II at Nationals
Ville fell to Boston College in its opening match of eliminations in Division II Gold Bracket at Nationals. Ville and BC remained close throughout the first game, with Ville hodling a 2-3 point lead through much of the game. Ville played steady offense, with Ryna Wood putting down 6 straight kills to lead Ville to a 20-18 lead. To that point, Ville had committed only one hitting error in the game.

BC closed the gap on a Ville error, and a kill off of serve receive, and then the teams traded side-outs for several plays. Ville held the advantage point while serving, and stopped BC twice, getting two swings at game point, but failing to convert. BC held on until Ville committed to hitting errors to end the game - the first a BC block on the outside, and the second a Ville hit in the net. BC picked up the game 28-26.

The wind had been blown out of Ville's sails, and the Ville offense was not able to gain momentum in the second game, as BC jumped to an early 5-point lead. Ville stayed withing five points to 17-12, but was unable to close the gap, and could no longer fend off the BC attack, as BC ran away with a 25-13 victory to knock Ville out of the tournament.


Ville Earns #12 Seed in D-II Gold Bracket at Nationals
Ville survived the toughest pool in the Championship round of pool play at Nationals, coming out second in the pool, behind Ohio Northern, as the #12 seed.

Ville forged a great come-from-behind victory against upstart UW-Stevens Point in its first match of the day. Stevens Point jumped all over Ville in the first game, winning it 25-18.

Ville got off to a rough start in the second game, but pulled back from 4 points down to even the score at 18-18, before Matt Shetzline served out the game with three aces, and the Ville defense came up with some extraordinary plays.

The start of the third game went Stevens Point way, as well, as Ville fell behind 1-4 and 3-6, before pulling even at 6-6, and again relinquishing the lead at 6-9. Ville then stiffened up its defense, and executed to perfection off of serve-receive to take the lead and put Stevens Point away 15-12.

The Ville bench and the Ville fans were key in the win, as they helped pump the team up for the come-back win.

Ohio Northern was up next, and Ville used the big pump from the UW-Stevens Point win to steamroll over ONU in the first game 25-15. But ONU was unphased in the second, as they did some rolling of their own over Ville, 25-17. THe third game featured another poor start for Ville, with three attacks into the net, and three aces on miscommunication among the passers giving ONU a 6-1 lead. Ville fought back, but ran out of time in the shortened third game, and dropped the match 15-11.

Ville recovered against Winona State in its final pool play match - the match that determined whether or not Ville would advance to the Gold Bracket. Both teams started out strong, and the game was a battle of side-outs. Ville gave up a late lead, then pulled back in front, and held the advantage point to 26-25, when it was able to put Winona away on a stuff block to end the game.

Ville adapted to Winona's offensive strategy in the second game, concentrating on their two outside hitters and their left-handed opposite, and controlled the second game for a 25-18 victory and the #2 spot in the pool, behind Ohio Northern.

Ville advances to the Gold Bracket elimination round tomorrow, where it will play #6 seed Boston College at 8:00 AM.


Ville Sweeps Through First Day at Nationals
Ville held its #12 seed by sweeping all three teams in its pool on Thursday at NIRSA Nationals in Kansas City.

Ville swept the #3 seed in the pool (#44 overall) UConn 25-21, 25-23, followed by a record-setting crushing of #4 seed Carnegie-Mellon (#53 overall) 25-8, 25-6. Ville then closed out the sweep by besting #2 seed (#21 overall) Weber State 25-22, 25-22.

Ville advances to Championship Pool Play with #5 Winona State and the winners of Ohio Northern-Ithaca and TCNJ-UW Stevens Point, who play in challenge round matches Friday morning.


Ville At NIRSA Nationals in Kansas City
Ville opens first-round pool play on Thursday against #44 UConn at 4:00 PM (CDT), followed by #53 Carnegie-Mellon at 6:00 PM, and closes with #21 Weber State at 8:00 PM. Ville is seeded #12 for the tournament, and holds the #1 seed for its pool.

Check back for updates throughout the tournament. You can check all of the results for the tournament at
www.nirsa.com/nir14g1a.htm


Ville Wins West Division but Loses to Messiah
In its last conference match of the season, Ville dropped a heart-breaking, see-saw battle to Messiah on Senior Night at Brooks Gym. Ville failed in its bid to close out both an undefeated West Division schedule (6-1) and an undefeated MACVC regular season (14-1) in its final conference match.

Ville had previously clinched the West Division title, and had beaten Messiah in a non-West match at Messiah earlier in the season, while Messiah had already dropped West Division matches to Susquehanna and Shippensburg, and finished at 5-2.

The match featured wild swings in momentum, as Ville completely dominated Messiah in the first game, hitting .536 (28-17-2), while out-blocking Messiah 2-0, and serving 2 aces to Messiah's 1. Middle hitters John Wagaman and Duston Gladfelter, playing in their last match in Brooks Gym, combined for 7 kills on 13 attempts with one error (.500), while outside hitters Erick Macek and Ryan Wood combined for 9 kills in 11 attempts with no errors (.818).

The second game was a tale of frustration, as Messiah jumped to an early lead, and Ville fought back at the end of the game to within a single point four different times, eventually tying the score at 23-23. But Messiah was not to be denied, as a Ville ball-handling error, followed by a Messiah kill closed the game. Ville still hit .379 for the game, and again out-blocked Messiah 2-0, but could not close the game. Messiah held the edge in aces at 2-1.

The third game was Messiah's from start-to-finish, as the Ville accounted for four of Messiah's first five points on hits in the net, while the the remaining point came on an ace between the primary passers - the result of a communcations error. Ville had just spotted Messiah a 4-point lead (the eventual losing margin). That lead opened as wide as 7 points later in the game, as Ville committed three more hitting erros, and missed a serve, before Ville began to close it late in the game - too late to win the game, but soon enough to generate momentum for the next game. Ville hit a season-low .153 (26-12-8) for the game, but continued to out-block Messiah 3-0. The aces were even at two a piece.

The fourth game was a complete reversal of fortune, as Ville carried its late game momentum from the third game and stormed out to an early lead, extending that lead throughout the game. John Wagaman continued to be a force at the net, collecting three stuff blocks (one solo) that demoralized the Messiah hitters.

The precision returned to the Ville attack, as the team hit .391 (23-13-4), and Ville continued to dominate Messiah at the net, out-blocking them 3-2. Ville also collected 2 aces to Messiah's 1.

The fifth game saw another reversal of fortune, as Ville's passing deserted them, and they could not mount a sustained attack. Messiah collected 11 kills in the shortened 15-point game, while Ville could manage only 3, to go along with their 3 blocks (Messiah had none). Messiah held an 8-4 lead at the change-over. Ville closed to 10-12, but missed their serve to give Messiah its 13th point. Messiah answered with a missed serve of their own to make it 11-13, but Ville could not stop Messiah's attack on the next serve, and could not terminate on the following receive, with Messiah putting down the final point in transition. Ville hit .272 (11-3-0), and out-blocked Messiah for the fifth straight game, this time 3-0. There were no aces by either team.

For the match, Ville hit .359 (117-60-18), and out-blocked Messiah 13-2, while also collecting 7 aces to Messiah's 6. The difference in the match was that Messiah was better able to maintain its composure on the court, whereas Ville lost their focus at crucial times in the second, third and fifth games.

Although Ville out-played Messiah in every positive statistical category - kills (60-56), blocks (13-2), and aces (7-6) - Messiah won the battle in the negative categories - hitting errors (16-18), missed serves (6-10). Messiah also executed the basic skills of ball-handling and serve-reception at a higher level, and despite an almost complete lack of blocking, was able to generate crucial kills when they needed them.

The two honored seniors, John Wagaman and Duston Gladfelter led the team. John hit .389 (18-8-1), and collected 7 blocks (3 solo, 4 assist), while Duston hit .480 (25-15-3), and totalled 4 assist blocks. Freshman Matt Shetzline hit .400 (15-9-3), and had 8 total blocks (2 solo, 6 assist). Junior Erick Macek had his best match of the season, hitting .363 (33-16-4).

Messiah: 15 25 25 17 15
Millersville: 25 23 21 25 11


King's Gains a Measure of Revenge Against Ville at UMBC
King's College (#2 MACVC, #13 NIRSA D-II), playing without injured NIRSA D-II 2nd-Team All-Tournament setter Craig Doughty, put forth a gutsy effort against Ville (#1 MACVC, #7 NIRSA D-II) in the semi-finals at UMBC on Saturday, coming away with a hard-fought 25-23, 21-25, 15-11 victory over the Marauders.

The Ville block was simply unable to contain Adam Lewis (2-time 1st Team NIRSA All-Tournament), as he collected over 20 kills in the contest - the first time any opposing hitter has been able to do so this season.

Ville destroyed its pool play opponents by the average score of 25-15, earning the top seed in the playoffs, and a bye into the semi-final round. This proved to be a curse, however, as Ville then had to sit for four hours while King's pool finished it schedule.

King's controlled the first game of the match, forging a 5-point lead in the middle of the game, 15-10. Ville stormed back, to pull within one, at 19-20, but a Ville hitting error, followed by a blocking miscue allowed King's to pull ahead to 22-19. The teams exchanged side-outs to move to 24-21, and then Ville tried to pull off a repeat of its recent come-back against SusQ, with Duston Gladfelter getting a kill on serve-receive to pull within 2 points at 22-24, and Nate Gajecki and Gladfelter putting down a huge block to cut the deficit to a single point, 23-24. But Ville was unable to stop the next King's attack, and King's took the first game 25-23. Ville hit .241 (29-14-7) as a team in the first game.

In the second game, the teams traded side-outs, before Ville managed to open a 2-point lead at 12-10, on 3 kills by Matt Shetzline and a double block by Gladfelter and Gajecki.   Ville extended the lead to 18-14 on a solo block by John Wagaman, along with a couple of King's hitting errors.

Ville then went into side-out mode with King's, getting kills off of serve-receive from Shetzline, Wagaman, Ryan Woood (2) and Gladfelter. Shetzline and Erick Macek then put up a BIG roof to stop Lewis , and Shetzline put down his fifth kill of the game for the win, 25-21. Shetzline hit 5 for 5 in that game, and Ville hit .500 (24-13-1) overall.

King's jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the shortened third-game, before Gajecki "threw" a power dump to the King's floor. The teams traded side-outs until Wagaman put down two consecutive kills to pull the game even at 6-6. Shetzline collected three more thunderous kills, countering two Ville hitting errors, keeping the Marauders close at 11-9. Craig Campbell served an ace to pull the team within one at 10-11, but Lewis thundered a hit past the Ville block to open the score up for King's, 12-10. A crucial hitting error by Ville, followed by a kill by Wood brought the score to 13-11, but King's countered with a kill off of serve-receive, and a Ville ball-handling error sealed Ville's fate, with King's winning the contest 15-11. Ville hit a paltry .160 (25-8-4) for the game, contributing to its downfall.

For the match, Ville hit .295 (78-35-12), and out-blocked the Monarchs 4-1. The Ville setting contingent of Nate Gajecki and Keith Kohler led the team at .667 on 4 kills in 6 attempts with no errors. John Wagaman led all hitters at .500 (10-6-1), followed by Matt Shetzline at .313 (16-9-4). Duston Gladfelter chipped in at .250 (16-6-2).


Ville Reaches 15-0 in D-II with Hard-Fought Win at SusQ
Millersville (#1 MACVC, #7 D-II) travelled to Selinsgrove last night to take on Susquehanna (#3 MACVC, #22 D-II) in a rematch of their early season contest. In that first match, SusQ gave Ville everything they could handle, as they spread the ball around to all of their hitters, and played spectacular defense for three out of the four games.

Since losing that first match of the season, SusQ had dropped only one other match, to King's, 15-13, in the deciding game of the finals match at King's tournament. If not for those two points, SusQ would hold the #2 ranking in the MACVC, and a certain top 16 spot in NIRSA D-II.

Ville was quite aware of that fact, and anticipated another great effort from SusQ, especially on SusQ's court, in front of SusQ's normally rowdy home crowd, and with SusQ's two coaches in attendance (as opposed to none when they visited Ville). SusQ didn't disappoint.

Similar to the first match, SusQ came out fired-up on defense, and clicked on every aspect of their game, as they handed Ville its worst single-game defeat this season, 25-17. SusQ, arguably the best defensive team in the league, constantly frustrated the Ville hitters with precise defensive coverage and great digs that kept Ville from mounting any kind of sustained attack.

Ville had come out a little flat in the first game, but answered SusQ's wake-up call in the second, rebounding for a 25-19 domination of its own to take the second game.

Tied at a game a piece, the stage was set for one of the most exciting games that Ville has played this season. SusQ held early 6-3 and 8-4 leads in the third game, and appeared on the verge of running away with it, when Ville began to fight back and pulled within one point at 9-8. From there, SusQ tightened up its defense, Ville could close no further, and SusQ widened the gap as the game progressed.

With SusQ holding "certain" victory in its hands, and serving for game point at 24-21, Ryan Wood hammered a set from outside, off of serve receive, to fend off one game point and draw the score to 22-24.

Nate Gajecki stepped back to jump serve, and dropped an ace on SusQ, to bring the score to 23-24.

Gajecki jump-served again. Tracey Schafer dug SusQ's middle attack, sending the ball directly to Gajecki, who set Duston Gladfelter for the kill, evening the score at 24-24.

Gajecki jump-served a third time. John Wagaman got hands on the SusQ attack, Ville got a pass off to Gajecki, who set Wood, who in turn put another ball down for a 25-24 lead (Ville's first lead of the game).

Gajecki served his fourth straight jumper. SusQ set Scott Trumbauer outside, and Wagaman and Gladfelter stuffed Trum for game point. The entire Ville contingent erupted in cheers, as Ville had ripped the game from SusQ's hands and sealed the crucial come-back victory, 26-24.

It was a huge turn-around in momentum, and completely changed the complexion of the match - as Ville was now completely pumped, and SusQ was completely deflated going into the fourth game. Even SusQ's crowd had been taken out of the match, as they spent more time yelling at Ville's "belligerent" Matt Davis on the sidelines, than they did cheering for their own team.

Ville went on to dominate the fourth game, building up an insurmountable 23-14 lead on superb blocking, combined with efficient hitting, before "coasting" to victory, 25-18.

The victory raised Ville's overall record to 16-3, as the team remained undefeated in NIRSA D-II (15-0). Ville closes out its MACVC regular season schedule against Messiah this coming Wednesday at Ville in a match that will determine the undisputed MACVC West Division Champion.


Ville Advances to 6-0 in West, 13-0 in MACVC, 14-0 in D-II
Millersville (MACVC #1, NIRSA #7) defeated Dickinson College at Brooks Gym on Monday to remain undefeated in the MACVC West Division (6-0), with one divisional match yet to play against Messiah College on April 4th.

Keith Kohler served, set, hit, and blocked Dickinson off the court, with strong support from Tracey Schafer at outside hitter (stepping out of his normal role as the Ville libero).

Every player in uniform for Ville made key contributions to the outcome, including first year players Clee Brun, Adam Hoke, Brian Myers, Matt Davis, Craig Campbell, and Mike Witwer.

Ville raised it overall record to 15-3, and remained undefeated in MACVC competition (13-0), as well as in competition against all D-II teams it has faced this year (14-0). Ville travels to Selingsgrove on Thursday to face Susquehanna (MACVC #3, NIRSA #22) in a key match for both teams.


Ville Moves Up to #7 in NIRSA D-II
In the latest NIRSA D-II rankings, released on March 21st, Millersville (#1 MACVC) moved up one spot to #7. Ville has a chance to continue improving its ranking next week when it travels to Selingsgrove to face #22 Susquehanna (#3 MACVC). Ville then plays at UMBC on Saturday, March 31st in a 15-team tournament that features D-I teams Navy (#3 East D-I) and UVA, as well as nationally ranked D-II teams King's College (#13) and Susquehanna (#22).

Ville Takes a Break at 13-0 in D-II
Millersville goes on Spring Break riding a 13 match winning streak against D-II teams. The 2001 edition of Ville Men's Volleyball is 14-3 overall, is undefeated this year against all D-II competition, and carries a 12-0 record against MACVC teams. It leads the West Division at 5-0, and is the #1 ranked team in the conference, as well as the #8 team in the latest NIRSA D-II rankings (3-1-01).

Ville will be on Spring Break this coming week, and returns to action on Monday, March 26th at 8:00 PM against Dickinson College in a West Division match. The Marauders then travel to Selinsgrove on Thursday, March 29th to face West Division rival Susquehanna (#23 D-II, #3 MACVC) in a pivotal conference match. Ville then travels to UMBC on Saturday, March 31st for a pre-Nationals tune-up tournament.


#1 Ville Remains Undefeated in D-II with 3 Sweeps at York
Millersville swept through its three opponents in a quad-match on Saturday at York College, defeating Villa Julie (25-14, 29-27), Drexel (25-10, 29-27), and York College (25-18, 33-31, 25-12). Ville improved its record against D-II teams to an unblemished 12-0.

Everyone on the Ville roster saw court time as each of the seven games featured a different Ville line-up. The team also demonstrated its mettle under pressure by coming from behind late in all three of the second games, fending off a total of 11 game points to maintain its sweep of all 7 games it played.


#1 Ville Adds #7 Messiah to its List of Victims
#1 Millersville defeated #7 Messiah at Messiah in a hard fought four-game match Wednesday night. The match was characterized by powerful hitting on both sides of the net.

The first game went Ville's way early, with Ville building up a 17-7 lead, before coasting to a 25-19 victory. In the second game, Ville again opened an early lead at 7-2 on 5 kills and 2 double blocks, before play turned sloppy, and Messiah found their inspiration. With Ville hitting balls out-of-bounds, in-the-net, and unable to serve, Messiah patiently opened an imposing 22-17 lead. However, Ville came back to win the game 26-24 on the strength of 2 key blocks, and several crucial Messiah hitting errors.

Ville again took an early lead in the third game, holding it until Messiah pulled even at 18-18. From that point it was a see-saw contest until Messiah put the game away 25-23.

The fourth game was all Ville, as the Marauders put together their most impressive offensive performance for a single game this season. Ville hit .654 (26-18-1), while also collecting 3 blocks and an ace. Messiah simply could not keep pace, and Ville won the game 25-17.

For the match, Ville hit a respectable .366, while out-blocking Messiah 11-3 and out-acing them 4-2.


Millersville Regains Top 10 NIRSA Ranking
In the latest NIRSA D-II rankings, 'Ville earned its first Top 10 ranking (8th) since they were the pre-season #1 team in January of the 2000 regular season.

By defeating West Chester University earlier this week, Millersville completed a sweep of the #2 (Kings), #3 (Susquehanna), and #4 (WCU) ranked teams in the MACVC. 'Ville regained the top spot in the conference by sweeping Kings last week in a huge victory in Brooks Gym.

Previous to last season, 'Ville had been ranked in the Top 10 in NIRSA D-II for over two years, going back to the NIRSA National Championship Tournament in April of 1997. 'Ville had finished 9th (1997, Tucson, AZ), 3rd (1998, Austin, TX) and 3rd (1999, College Park, MD), before slipping to 25th last year at Reno, NV.

With the team returning 2-time (1998 and 1999) NIRSA D-II 1st team All-Tournament setter Nate Gajecki and 1st team All-Tournament Middle Hitter (1998) Duston Gladfelter, as well as veteran starters John Wagaman and Erick Macek, and combined with an infusion of young talent, the team looks as strong as ever.


Millersville (#1) Completes Sweep of MACVC #2, #3, #4 Teams
Millersville defeated #4 West Chester University last night at West Chester to complete a sweep of the #2, #3, and #4 teams in the MACVC, 'Ville is currently ranked #1, and has defeated #2 Kings (25-22, 25-21, 25-20), #3 Susquehanna (29-31, 25-23, 25-13, 25-23), and #4 West Chester (25-20, 27-25, 18-25, 18-25, 15-9) in route to a perfect 7-0 record against MACVC opponents, and 8-0 against all NIRSA D-II teams this season.

'Ville has also defeated #6 Shippensburg and HM Juniata this season, and faces #7 Messiah College on March 7th at Messiah.


'Ville Advances to 5-0 in West Division
Millersville travelled to Altoona on Sunday to face Penn State Altoona and Juniata in West Division matches. Using everyone on the 16-person roster, 'Ville knocked off PS-Altoona first, 25-17, 19-25, 25-15, 25-12 and followed that up by downing Juniata 25-21, 23-25, 25-15, 25-16.

Millersville is now 5-0 in the MACVC West Division, with two divisional matches remaining to play: Dickinson (3-26) and Messiah (4-4), both at Millersville's Brooks Gym.


'Ville "Kicks" Kings Out of Brooks Gym in Sweep
Millersville "kicked" Kings out of Brooks Gym Friday night in a three game sweep, 25-22, 25-21, 25-20. 'Ville avenged its only home defeat in four years, at the hands of Kings last season, and with the victory will most likely assume the #1 ranking in the MACVC (which Kings held - 'Ville was #2).

The match was punctuated by a number of stunning defensive efforts, including this incredible rally halfway through the third game:

With 'Ville serving and holding a 12-9 lead, Nate Gajecki pounded a jump serve at Kings. Kings received the ball, and their setter put up a perfect back-set to Adam Lewis, who blasted the ball high off of the 'Ville block of Ryan Wood and John Wagaman. The ball sailed back toward the left corner of the court, where Erick Macek made a high diving desperation lunge to save the ball.

Macek's effort redirected the ball toward the 'Ville bench, where Tracey Schafer's dive carried him into the bench, but not before he managed to again redirect the ball toward the middle of the back line.

With the ball heading toward the back wall and already passed the end line, Nate Gajecki, running at full tilt toward the ball and the wall, threw himself into the air, sailed feet first under the ball, and executed a perfect round-house bicycle kick from off the court that propelled the ball back over his head, toward the net, and high up near the rafters.

Barely missing the rafters, the ball crossed the net into Kings court, and travelled passed the three meter line, where Lewis delivered a near perfect pass to his setter.

Kings setter then delivered the ball to his middle hitter, who cut the ball back to his left. Matt Shetzline dug the hit, passing the ball to the left center of the net. Gajecki came racing in to set, but Wagaman had already stepped in, and waved Gajecki off, setting Shetzline near the right antenna. Shetzline buried the ball inside of Kings double block for the point.

The already frenzied home crowd exploded with exhaltation, as the entire 'Ville bench lept into the air in unison with the players on the court. As Gajecki ran an impromptu victory lap around his teammates, Kings stood in stunned disbelief at what had just transpired. A shaken Kings team called time out to regroup and the 'Ville bench flooded the court to join their comrades in savoring the moment.

That play drove the final nail into Kings coffin.


'Ville Loses to Navy in Championship Round at MD
'Ville finished 3rd in pool play (4-4) behind D-I teams Penn State and Maryland and moved on into the championhsip round quarterfinals to face Navy. 'Ville displayed a refreshing sense of sportsmanship when, at 24-23 in their favor, on an apparent Navy out-of-bounds hit giving 'Ville the game, 'Ville called their own touch on the hit after the ref had signalled out on Navy. Navy eventually came back to win the game 29-27, and the following game 25-19 to move on to the semifinals.