Trojans Defeat Royals In Three Sets

Trojans Defeat Royals In Three Sets

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. --- The University of Mount Olive men's volleyball team rolled past the Royals of Queens University in three sets (25-17, 25-16, 25-23) on Saturday afternoon at Kornegay Arena in Mount Olive, N.C. 

Score: Mount Olive 3, Queens 0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-23)
Records: Mount Olive (8-3), Queens (3-10)
Location: Kornegay Arena | Mount Olive, N.C.

How It Happened


  • Mount Olive opened the match on fire as they quickly went up 12-5 as Queens called a timeout. Five Trojan kills, two Robert Poole aces and a handful of Royals errors contributed to the UMO lead.
  • The Trojans maintained an eight-point lead as the Royals called their second timeout of the set with UMO leading 20-12 following the five kill run for UMO.
  • UMO held off the feisty Royals to win set one 25-17 courtesy of three kills and a pair of Queens errors.


  • Mount Olive continued to roll as they went up 9-2 early on in the second set due largely to the help of five Queens errors.
  • The Trojans went on an 8-7 run taking the 17-9 lead as another Queens timeout was called. 
  • UMO finished out the set on another 8-7 run to win 25-16 and take the 2-0 lead in the match.


  • It looked as though the Trojans were going to coast through the third set as they went ahead 8-2 right out of the gate.
  • The Royals pulled within four points trailing 12-8, following a 6-4 run.
  • Mount Olive held a six-point lead through the middle of the match, leading 22-16 just after the Queens timeout.
  • Six Trojan errors got the Royals back in the match as they trailed 24-23, before a kill by Bret Rutledge put the third set away and gave the Trojans the match win, 3-0.


  • Robert Poole recorded a double-double tallying 14 kills and 13 digs. Poole also dished out four aces in the game.
  • Jeff Yasalonis also tallied a double-double on 35 assists and 11 digs.
  • Bret Rutledge smacked down 12 kills as the second leading attacker while Eric Visgitis recorded eight.


Mount Olive returns to Kornegay Arena as they host Conference Carolinas rival Barton College on Wednesday, February 21. The Bulldogs and Trojans faceoff at 7 p.m.