Trojans Take A Bite Out Of Cobras

Trojans Take A Bite Out Of Cobras

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- The University of Mount Olive men's volleyball team defeated Coker College in three sets in non-conference action on Tuesday evening at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C. Bret Rutledge hit .500 % knocking down 13 kills on 24 attempts to lead the Trojans attack.

Score: Mount Olive 3, Coker 0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-21)
Records: Mount Olive (6-3), Coker (4-4)
Location: Kornegay Arena | Mount Olive, N.C.

How It Happened


  • An ace from Brad Monaghan started the match off the Trojans who went up by four points early on in the set to hold the 8-4 lead.
  • Mount Olive's lead grew to seven following three kills, an ace and a Coker error as UMO held the 13-6 lead midway through the set.
  • Coker tried to catch Mount Olive, but the Trojans held off the Cobra rally to win set one 25-17.


  • UMO took another early lead as back-to-back aces from Robert Poole put the Trojans up 7-3.
  • The Cobras pulled within two points, 11-9, before the Trojans went ahead by six points, 15-9, following a pair of kills and Coker errors.
  • Both teams closed out the set scoring 10 points each with the Trojans winning 25-19 giving UMO the 2-0 match lead.


  • The third set opened with both teams going point-for-point as the score tied up five times, last at seven all, before Mount Olive took a four-point lead, 11-7, forcing a Coker timeout.
  • Coker came back to trail by one, 17-16, following the timeout, but two kills by Poole and a Coker error gave UMO the 20-16 lead late in the set.
  • Each team scored five points as Mount Olive held off Coker to win the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.


  • Bret Rutledge (13) and Robert Poole (11) combined for 24 of the teams 42 kills.
  • Rutledge hit .500% on the night recording 13 kills on 24 attempts.
  • Freshman Luke Visgitis recorded four kills on 10 attacks for a .400 hitting percentage.
  • Brad Monaghan hit .600% after putting down seven kills on 10 attempts with one error.
  • Senior setter Jeff Yasalonis put up 37 assists on the night.
  • UMO hit for .423 as a team, the highest hitting percentage of the season for the Trojans.


Mount Olive returns to Kornegay Arena for a pair of matches on Friday and Saturday night. The Trojans take on Conference Carolinas opponent Belmont Abbey College on Friday evening as the Crusaders and Trojans tipoff at 7 p.m. The Royals of Queens come to town on Saturday, Feb. 17, for a 2 p.m. matinee at Kornegay Arena against the Mount Olive Trojans.