SAU men's volleyball
SAU men's volleyball
(RV)St. Ambrose
(10)Cardinal Stritch University
Men's Volleyball - Fri, Apr. 7, 2017

The 2017 St. Ambrose men's volleyball season came to an abrupt end when the Bees fell to No. 10 Cardinal Stritch 3-1 in the semifinals of the CCAC Tournament Friday night in Arlington Heights, Ill.

Just outside the national top-10 poll, the Bees are unlikely to receive an at-large bid to the NAIA National Invitational Tournament later this month.

It was SAU's second loss to CSU in nine days as the Wolves defeated the Bees late in the regular season to force a two-way tie for second in the CCAC. That momentum carried into the postseason.

Cardinal Stritch (25-7) dominated early in the 25-13, 23-25, 25-19, 25-16 win to advance to Saturday's CCAC Tournament championship against host and regular-season champion Robert Morris.

After the first-set struggles, the Bees recovered to claim the second. With the score knotted at 22-22, Scott MacGillis and Spencer Lanig had back-to-back kills to help SAU to a 24-22 lead. After the Wolves fought off one set point, Zach Schmidt put down a kill to even the match at a set apiece.

Things were close midway through the third set. Nathan Heller had kills to tie the third at 11-11 and again at 12-12. Cardinal Strich won three points in a row as part of a larger 8-2 run to take a 20-14 lead before closing out the set.

CSU won the first two points of the fourth set and never looked back. A Riley Anderson kill kept SAU close at 12-10 before another 8-2 Wolves' run effectively ended the Bees' season.

St. Ambrose could not keep up with a Cardinal Stritch team that hit .345 for the match.

MacGillis (12) and Schmidt (11) combined for 23 of SAU's 43 kills. Anderson finished with eight while Lanig and Heller each had six. Austin Royer was credited with a team-high 36 assists. MacGillis led the team with eight digs, and Anderson, Morty Berglind and Andy Murphy each picked up seven.

SAU, in head coach Dawn Kerr's first season at the helm, finished the year 17-12 overall.