Scott MacGillis and Nathan Heller go up for a block
Scott MacGillis and Nathan Heller go up for a block
(10)St. Ambrose
(8)Robert Morris Univ. Illinois
Men's Volleyball - Tue, Mar. 28, 2017

The Bees will now have to set their sights on second place.

No. 10 St. Ambrose missed a chance at a share of the CCAC lead after falling to No. 8 Robert Morris 3-0 Tuesday night in Arlington Heights, Ill. The win guarantees the Eagles (23-7, 9-0 CCAC) the regular-season conference title and the right to host the upcoming CCAC Tournament.

Both of SAU's conference losses came at the hands of RMU. The Bees will finish second in the conference outright by defeating Cardinal Stritch (23-7, 5-3 CCAC) Thursday night in SAU's home finale.

The Bees' best shot at defeating the Eagles came in the first set of the 25-22, 25-21, 25-17 setback.

St. Ambrose led by two late at 18-16 and took its last lead at 20-19 on an Austin Adank kill. Zach Schmidt put down a kill to tie the set at 21-21 before Robert Morris ran off three straight points. A Scott MacGillis kill cut the deficit to 24-22 before the Eagles closed out the set.

After falling behind early in the second, SAU drew even at 15-15 on a MacGillis ace. But that was immediately followed by another three-point run from Robert Morris. The Bees were as close as 19-18 before the Eagles won six of the final nine points to take a 2-0 lead.

A 5-0 run early in the third broke a 4-4 tie and catapulted Robert Morris to the conference title. After trailing by as many as six points, as late as 18-12, the Bees made a final push to get within 19-17 behind two kills from MacGillis and one from Austin Royer, but the comeback ran out of steam as the Eagles answered by winning the final six points.

MacGillis led all players with 14 kills, but he was the only Bee to reach double figures. Schmidt ended with six and Riley Anderson had five.

Royer was credited with 29 assists and Robby Hoffman led the team with eight digs.

The Bees will play at home for the final time Thursday on Senior Night. The match vs. Cardinal Stritch begins at 7 p.m.