Men's Volleyball News - 2010-11
Bees Announce 2012 Recruiting Class
Aug. 2, 2011
|Justin Morris (Tinley Park, Ill.) is a 6-2 outside hitter
from Lincoln-Way North High School. Justin was a two-year
all-conference player and first team all-area his senior year.
Justin recorded 258 kills and 113 digs his senior year while leading
his team to a 23-12 record. The three-year varsity member was named
to the all-tournament team at the Marist Invitational. Justin was a
scholar athlete at Lincoln Way North his senior year. Justin has
played club for Chicago Volleyball Club the last three years.
|Nick Lynch (St. Charles, Mo.) is a 5-11 setter from
Francis Howell High School. Nick was a two time all-conference
selection and four-time all-academic team recipient. As a sophomore,
Nick helped his team to a fifth-place finish at the Missouri State
Playoffs. The two-time captain also plays club for St. Louis High
Performance VBC and will be competing this summer in Minneapolis for
|Jamie Schnittker (Arlington Heights, Ill.) is a 6-5 pin
hitter from Buffalo Grove High School. Jamie was a three-year
varsity player and helped lead his team to the state tournament
twice. As a sophomore, his team placed third at the Illinois State
Tournament. During his senior year, Jamie was an all-conference
recipient, third team All-Lakeshore, and Daily Hearld All-Area
Special Mention. This summer, he will be competing at Junior
Nationals in Minneapolis with Pipeline Volleyball Club.
|Alex Bielesch (Chicago, Ill.) is a 6-2 pin hitter from
Notre Dame College Prep. The two-year varsity starter was named
captain, MVP, and all-conference during his senior campaign. Alex
led his team in kills and service aces. He has been playing club
volleyball for D1 Chicago since his sophomore year.
|Sean Blackwood (Manhattan, Ill.) is a 6-5 pin hitter from
Lincoln-Way Central High School.
|Nick Siegmeier (Lakewood, Ill.) is a 6-9 middle
hitter/opposite hitter from Crystal Lake Central High School.
|Chris Scudder (Elmhurst, Ill.) is a 6-2 pin hitter from
York High School.
|Brad Widdel (Woodridge, Ill.) is a 6-4 opposite hitter
from Downers Grove South High School.
|Corey Grove (Tinley Park, Ill.) is a 5-11 libero transfer
from Lewis University.
Gleeson Named AVCA NAIA Men's National Coach
of the Year
May 5, 2011
leading his team to its best season in school history, St. Ambrose head coach
Bill Gleeson was named the 2011 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA)
NAIA Men's National Coach of the Year today.
Gleeson guided the Bees to a 30-win season and a second-place finish at the
NAIA National Invitational Tournament. The 30 wins and runner-up finish were
both program bests. Along the way, St. Ambrose won the Mid-America Men's
Volleyball Intercollegiate Conference (MAMVIC) East Conference regular season
and tournament championships.
The fifth-year head coach helped a young team featuring only two seniors win
24 of its last 27 matches, including separate 10- and 12-match winning streaks,
and at one point climb as high as #2 in the national rankings.
At the National Tournament hosted by SAU, the Bees knocked off #2 Lindenwood
in the semifinals before falling to top-ranked California Baptist in front of a
tournament single-match record 2,317 fans.
This year, Gleeson coached two All-Americans in Dan Dowjotas and Kyle Schwetz,
the MAMVIC East Conference Player of the Year (Dowjotas), the conference's
Setter of the Year (Michael Neuner), and the conference's Freshman of the Year
(David Suwada). In doing so, Gleeson was tabbed as the league's Coach of the
In his five years at the helm, Gleeson has won 121 matches with the Bees. He
has taken four of his five teams to the National Tournament, adding third-place
showings in 2008 and 2010 to his runner-up finish this year.
The AVCA will formally present the award to Gleeson at the 2011 jostens
Coaches Honors Luncheon in San Antonio, Texas, on December 15. The luncheon is
held in conjunction with the 2011 AVCA Annual Convention.
Dowjotas, Schwetz Named AVCA
Apr. 26, 2011
Dowjotas (left) and Kyle Schwetz (right) were named to the second annual NAIA
Men's Volleyball All-American Team as announced by the American Volleyball
Coaches Association (AVCA). The two had earlier been recognized as first team
St. Ambrose joined California Baptist (three) as the only schools with
multiple All-Americans on the 10-member team.
Dowjotas, from Westmont, Ill., was one of three players to be named a men's
volleyball All-American for the second straight year.
The 6-3 junior outside hitter led St. Ambrose with 495 kills, an average of
four per set, and finished with a .279 attack percentage. He was also second on
the team in digs with 194 and finished third on the Bees with 70 total blocks
(including 18 solo blocks) and 16 service aces.
Earlier, Dowjotas was named the Mid-America Men's Volleyball Intercollegiate
Conference (MAMVIC) Eastern Conference Player of the Year.
Schwetz, from Carol Stream, Ill., led St. Ambrose with 112 total blocks,
including 17 solo blocks. He was second with 231 kills and 22 service aces. The
6-5 sophomore middle hitter finished the year with a .399 attack percentage.
The pair helped St. Ambrose to a 30-6 record, MAMVIC East Conference regular
season and tournament championships, and a second-place showing at the NAIA
National Invitational Tournament, the program's best ever showing.
St. Ambrose Falls to California Baptist in Finals
Apr. 16, 2011
Box score |
Invitational Tournament website
In front of a tournament record 2,317 fans, California Baptist won the 2011
NAIA National Invitational Tournament by defeating St. Ambrose 3-0 in the
championship match. Set scores were 25-14, 25-22, 25-18.
The runner-up finish was the best ever showing for the SAU men's volleyball
Top-ranked California Baptist quieted the energetic crowd by scoring the
first three points of the match en route to grabbing a quick 9-3 lead in the
first set. The Bees could never get back into the set and fell 25-14.
SAU was again forced to rally in the second set. The Lancers led 21-18 late
before the Bees won four out of five points behind two kills from Dan Dowjotas
to tie the set at 22-22. But California Baptist regrouped and won three straight
points to close out the set 25-22.
The third set followed a similar pattern as the Lancers pulled ahead 14-8.
SAU got back into the set with four straight points on two service aces from
Hayden Grove and kills from Grove and Dan Dierking but the Bees never got closer
than two points the rest of the way.
Dowjotas led St. Ambrose with eight kills and Hayden Grove finished with
seven. Michael Neuner led the team with 22 assists.
Grove and Dowjotas were both named to the All-Tournament Team.
Bees Get Rematch with California Baptist in Title
Apr. 15, 2011
Box score |
Invitational Tournament website
front of another large crowd, St. Ambrose outlasted Lindenwood 3-2 in a
semifinal match of the 2011 NAIA Men's Volleyball National Invitational
Tournament. SAU will get a rematch with California Baptist in the championship
match. The Lancers defeated the Bees in pool play 3-1 Thursday.
But in Friday's semifinal, the Bees and Lions battled through five
competitive sets. SAU came out victorious 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13.
SAU actually trailed in the opening set 20-19 before rolling off five
straight points, highlighted by two kills from Hayden Grove (pictured right), to
take a 24-20 lead en route to pulling out the set 25-22.
Lindenwood led 24-20 late in the second before the Bees rallied with three
straight points. A Dan Dowjotas kill pulled St. Ambrose to within 24-23 before
the Lions closed out the set to knot the match at 1-1.
used an 8-1 run midway through the third set to turn a 13-11 lead into a 21-12
advantage. Grove had two kills and Dowjotas and Kyle Condon (pictured right)
each had one during the spurt. From there, the Bees coasted to the 25-19 win.
Lindenwood returned the favor in the fourth, winning five straight points
midway through the set to pull away for the 25-19 win to even the match at two
Like the rest of the match, the fifth set went back and forth. SAU led 5-2
early before Lindenwood rallied to grab an 8-7 lead. Dowjotas put down
back-to-back kills to push St. Ambrose in front 12-10 and the Bees were able to
maintain the lead from there. At 14-13, Grove ended the match with his 23rd kill
of the night to send SAU into the title match.
Dowjotas followed Grove with 17 kills and Condon added 12. Michael Neuner had
a match-best 53 assists. Kyle Schwetz was credit with seven blocks and David
Suwada was involved with six as part of SAU's 14 total team blocks.
California Baptist defeated Park 3-1 in the other semifinal.
National Invitational Tournament website for more information.
SAU Earns Semifinal Berth after Win over Johnson &
Apr. 15, 2011
Box score |
Invitational Tournament website
hard-fought loss to top seed California Baptist Thursday night, St. Ambrose
bounced back and earned a spot in the semifinals of the 2011 NAIA Men's
Volleyball National Invitational Tournament after closing pool play with a 3-0
sweep of Johnson & Wales.
The Bees led virtually the entire way in the 25-23, 25-18, 25-13 win. SAU
will now face #2 seed Lindenwood in a semifinal beginning at 7 p.m. California
Baptist will face Park in the 4 p.m. semifinal.
Dan Dowjotas (14) and Kyle Schwetz (10) each had double-digit kills for the
Bees against Johnson & Wales. David Suwada (pictured right) had seven and Hayden Grove and Kyle
Condon each had six. Condon also had a team-best eight digs.
Michael Neuner led St. Ambrose with 32 assists and Ryan Piper chipped in with
National Invitational Tournament website for more information.
Bees Stretch California Baptist to Four Sets
Apr. 14, 2011
Box score |
Invitational Tournament website
front of more than 1,200 fans, St. Ambrose pushed top-ranked California Baptist
to four sets in a pool play match at the 2011 NAIA Men's Volleyball National
Invitational Tournament, before falling 3-1. Set scores were 25-18, 25-20,
23-25, 29-27 in favor of the Lancers.
After dropping the first two sets, the Bees came out strong in the third.
Back-to-back kills from Joe Sponseller (pictured right) gave SAU a 4-1 lead and
the lead grew to 9-3 after consecutive kills from Dan Dowjotas.
California Baptist got to within 23-22 and 24-23 late but the Bees were able
to hold off the Lancers. Kyle Condon put down a kill on set point to send the
match to a fourth set.
There, the two teams went back and forth. The Lancers led 23-21 before a Kyle
Schwetz kill and an CBU attack error knotted the set at 23-23. The Bees fought
off three match points before finally earning a set point at 27-26. But
California Baptist responded with three straight points to close out the match.
Dowjotas led the Bees with 12 kills. Hayden Grove had nine, Condon added
seven and Schwetz finished with five. Michael Neuner led the team with 30
assists and Miguel Calvillo led the way with 12 digs.
The Bees will need a win over Johnson & Wales in the final pool play match
Friday to advance to the tournament semifinals. California Baptist already
earned one of the semifinal bids by winning Pool A with a 2-0 record.
National Invitational Tournament website for more information.
Dowjotas Named NAIA Player of the Week
Apr. 4, 2011
Dowjotas (pictured right) was named the NAIA Men's Volleyball Player of the Week
after leading St. Ambrose to the MAMVIC East Conference Tournament championship
The junior outside hitter averaged 5.875 kills over three matches and had a
hitting percentage of .316. He also did a tremendous job on the defensive side,
averaging 2.25 digs per set.
In a 3-0 semifinal win over Moody Bible, Dowjotas finished with 29 kills and
only nine attack errors for a .323 hitting percentage. He added 11 digs and five
Dowjotas came back with a match-best 18 kills and a .306 hitting percentage
in a 3-0 win over Warner in the championship match. He also recorded seven digs.
Dowjotas and the Bees will next host the NAIA National Invitational
Tournament April 14-16.
Bees Win MAMVIC East Conference Tournament
Apr. 2, 2011
MAMVIC Tournament website |
St. Ambrose followed up its regular season championship by adding the MAMVIC
East Conference Tournament championship. The Bees defeated Clarke in the
semifinals and Warner in the title match Saturday. SAU is now 28-4 overall.
Semifinals - St. Ambrose 3, Clarke 2 - Box
St. Ambrose and Clarke went to the limit for the third time this season, and for
the second time SAU came out victorious. The Bees defeated the Crusaders 25-22,
23-25, 27-29, 27-25, 15-11 to advance to the tournament championship match.
Each of the first four sets went down to the wire. After SAU and Clarke split
the first two sets, the Crusaders took a 2-1 lead after converting on their
fourth set point. In the fourth with the teams tied at 21-21, the teams
proceeded to alternate points until SAU reached its second straight point at
26-25. Michael Neuner came up with a service ace to win the set and force a
decisive fifth set.
The fifth set was knotted at 8-8 before the Bees won four straight points,
two coming on kills from Dan Dowjotas (pictured right), to take a 12-8 lead. That was the break
the Bees needed as SAU closed out the match 15-11.
Dowjotas led the way with 19 kills while Kyle Condon added 15. Kyle Schwetz
narrowly missed double digits, finishing with nine kills. Neuner had a team-best
Championship - St. Ambrose 3, Warner 0 - Box
The championship match wasn't nearly the nail biter the semifinal match was as
the Bees defeated Warner 25-22, 25-21, 25-21.
SAU carried its momentum from its previous win by jumping to a 7-1 lead in
the first set against Warner. The Royals closed to within 22-21 late before the
Bees ended the set by winning three of the final four points. St. Ambrose held a
slim lead throughout much of the second set before winning the final three
points to claim the set 25-21 on a Dowjotas kill. The third set was a similar
story as SAU led only 22-21 late before taking the final three points and the
Dowjotas again led the Bees with 18 kills. Hayden Grove added 13. Neuner
(pictured right) had
a match-best 32 assists.
St. Ambrose will next prepare to host the NAIA National Invitational
Tournament April 14-16. The three-day event will feature the top six teams in
SAU Receives Several MAMVIC East Conference Awards
Apr. 2, 2011
MAMVIC Tournament website |
After winning the MAMVIC East Conference regular season and tournament
championships, St. Ambrose was honored with several conference awards.
Player of the Year: Dan Dowjotas
Setter of the Year: Michael Neuner
Freshman of the Year: David Suwada
Coach of the Year: Bill Gleeson
First Team All-Conference: Dan Dowjotas, Kyle Schwetz
Second Team All-Conference: Michael Neuner
Honorable Mention All-Conference: Joe Sponseller
Academic All-Conference: Matt Brahm, Miguel Calvillo, Dan Dierking,
Michael Neuner, Ryan Piper, Joe Sponseller
Bees Advance to MAMVIC Semifinals after Sweeping Moody
Apr. 1, 2011
Box score |
MAMVIC Tournament website |
(pictured right) had 12 kills to help lead top-seed St. Ambrose to a 3-0 win
over Moody Bible in a first-round match of the MAMVIC East Conference Tournament
hosted by Siena Heights. The Bees (26-4) will next face fourth-seed Clarke in a
semifinal at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Langheld finished with only two attack errors in the 25-17, 25-9, 25-12 win.
Dan Dierking added 10 kills against only two attack errors. Jon Hamm was next on
the team with five kills.
SAU actually trailed 7-4 and 11-10 in the first set. With the set even at
14-14, the Bees outscored Moody Bible 11-3 the rest of the way. Dierking had
three kills in the late spurt.
St. Ambrose really wasn't threatened the rest of the way. The Bees jumped out
to a 12-4 lead in the second set and led 15-7 early in the third to cruise to
Michael Neuner led the way with 20 assists and Ryan Piper had 11.
SAU will now face a Clarke team that handed the Bees their only conference
loss of the season. The two teams split their two regular season meetings with
each home team claiming a 3-2 win.
Warner will face Cardinal Stritch in the other semifinal at 12 p.m. with the
two winners facing off for the championship at 2 p.m. Saturday.
SAU to Open Conference Tournament with Moody Bible
Mar. 31, 2011
MAMVIC Tournament website |
Top-seed St. Ambrose will open the 2011 MAMVIC East Conference Tournament against
eight-seed Moody Bible at 10 a.m. Friday, April 1, as the two-day tournament
hosted by Siena Heights gets underway in Adrian, Mich.
The Bees are 2-0 this season against Moody Bible, with both wins coming in
straight sets. SAU won at home 25-12, 25-16, 25-17 on Jan. 26 before winning in
Chicago, Ill., 25-14, 25-13, 25-11 on Feb. 19.
A win would move the Bees into the semifinals against the winner of the
Clarke-Saint Xavier match. The semifinals begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The championship match is slated to be played at 2 p.m. Saturday.
All matches will be available to view through a free video cast via the
Siena Heights Sports Network.
Bees Close Regular Season with Sweep of Saint Xavier
Mar. 30, 2011
St. Ambrose closed the regular season by picking up a 3-0 win at Saint
Xavier. Set scores were 25-23, 25-23, 25-20. The Bees head into post-season play
25-4 overall and as the regular season champs of the MAMVIC East Conference with
a 13-1 league mark.
SAU had to battle back from a 20-16 deficit in the opening set. Four straight
points, two coming on kills from Hayden Grove (pictured right) and Ken Ropiak, knotted the set at
20-20. The Bees took the lead for good at 23-22 on another Ropiak kill before
closing out the set 25-23.
The Bees had a 23-19 lead after winning three straight points late in the
second set. Saint Xavier (7-18, 6-8 MAMVIC) battled back to tie the set at 23-23
with four consecutive points of their own. But back-to-back kills from Matt
Brahm and Ropiak gave the Bees the set and a 2-0 lead.
The Bees raced out to an 11-4 lead in the second set. Saint Xavier got to
within a point at 16-15 before SAU pulled away for the 25-20 win.
Dan Dowjotas led St. Ambrose with nine kills while Grove finished with seven.
Kyle Schwetz, Kyle Condon and Ropiak each added six and Joe Sponseller and Brahm
each had four. Michael Neuner finished with a match-high 36 assists and Miguel
Calvillo led the team with 12 digs.
The Bees will next enter the MAMVIC East Conference Tournament as the top
seed. The two-day tournament hosted by Siena Heights in Adrian, Mich., begins
April 1. Then SAU will host the NAIA National Invitational Tournament April
14-16 in Lee Lohman Arena.
SAU Sweeps Missouri Baptist on Senior Night
Mar. 29, 2011
It wasn't easy but St. Ambrose closed the home portion of the regular season
with a 3-0 win over Missouri Baptist. Set scores were 25-21, 25-19, 29-27 as the
Bees improve to 24-4 overall.
SAU had to rally in each of the three sets before posting its eighth straight
win. In the first set, the deficit was 18-16 before the Bees rolled off five
straight points, the last coming thanks to a block from Scott Manthei (pictured
right) and Kyle Schwetz, to take a 21-18 lead. Missouri Baptist (7-18) closed to within 22-21
before the Bees closed out the set with three straight points.
St. Ambrose found itself in a big hole early in the second set. The Spartans
led 8-3 early and held a 19-17 edge late. But the Bees closed out the set with
eight straight points. Schwetz and Dan Dowjotas each had two kills during the
The Bees led much of the early going in the third set and had a match point
at 24-23. After failing to close out the match, SAU had to fight off three
Spartan match points, the last coming at 27-26. Ken Ropiak's kill gave the Bees
their third straight point to close out the set 29-27.
Dowjotas led the Bees with 13 kills. Ropiak finished with eight, Schwetz had
seven and Joe Sponseller added five. Michael Neuner led the team with 26
assists. Miguel Calvillo (eight) and Kyle Condon (seven) paced the team in digs.
Prior to the match, St. Ambrose honored Condon (pictured right) and Manthei, the two seniors
on the roster playing their final regular-season home match.
The Bees will close out the regular season at Saint Xavier Wednesday at 7
p.m. before competing in the MAMVIC East Conference Tournament April 1-2 at
Siena Heights in Adrian, Mich.
Bees Post Big Win over Park
Mar. 26, 2011
St. Ambrose won its seventh straight match by defeating #5 Park 3-1 Saturday
afternoon at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. The win, SAU's first over Park
in three meetings this season, moves the Bees to 23-4 overall.
SAU, ranked third nationally, lost the first set before rallying for the
21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21 win.
Ken Ropiak (13 kills) and Dan Dowjotas (12) combined for 25 kills in the win.
Ropiak (pictured right) finished with only two attack errors for a .611 hitting percentage. Joe
Sponseller finished with seven kills and Kyle Schwetz added six.
Michael Neuner led the Bees with 35 assists and Miguel Calvillo led the team
with six digs. Scott Manthei was involved in five of SAU's 10 total team blocks
and Schwetz was a part of four.
The Bees will close the home portion of the regular season Tuesday against
Missouri Baptist. The Senior Night match will begin at 7 p.m.
SAU Wins Second Straight Conference Crown
Mar. 23, 2011
(pictured right) had a match-high 21 kills to lead #3 St. Ambrose to a 3-2 win
over #9 Clarke to give SAU its second straight MAMVIC East regular season
conference championship. Set
scores were 25-16, 18-25, 20-25, 25-21, 15-10. The Bees improve to 22-4 overall
and 12-1 in the conference and have won back-to-back conference crowns for the
first time in program history.
After cruising through the first set, SAU dropped the next two and found
itself down 13-9 in the fourth. The Bees eventually evened the set at 13-13 and
took the lead for good at 20-19 on a Hayden Grove kill. Leading 22-21, St.
Ambrose won the final three points, the last two on solo blocks from Dowjotas
and Joe Sponseller, to knot the match at 2-2.
The Bees carried the momentum into the fifth set, taking an early 3-1 lead.
Four straight points pushed the lead to 7-2. Ken Ropiak ended the match with a
kill on match point.
Kyle Schwetz was second on the team with eight kills and Matt Brahm finished
with five. Michael Neuner had a team-high 40 assists and shared team-high honors
of 11 kills with Miguel Calvillo.
SAU will next face Park at Clarke on Saturday at 2 p.m.
St. Ambrose Goes 3-0 on Spring Break Trip to Colorado
Mar. 14, 2011
St. Ambrose swept all three of its matches in Colorado on the team's annual
Spring Break trip. The Bees improved to 21-4 overall following a win over
Graceland and two victories over Johnson & Wales.
St. Ambrose 3, Graceland 0 - Box
SAU started its trip off right, defeating Graceland 25-15, 25-18, 25-23. Dan
Dowjotas led the Bees with 11 kills and Matt Brahm finished with seven. Michael
Neuner had a team-best 25 assists. Miguel Calvillo (pictured right) finished with five
St. Ambrose 3, Johnson & Wales 1 - Box
Dan Dowjotas recorded a match-best 20 kills to help St. Ambrose defeat Johnson
& Wales 25-18, 21-25, 25-17, 25-17. Kyle Schwetz had nine kills and Matt
Brahm and David Suwada each added seven. Michael Neuner led all players with 44
assists. Miguel Calvillo led the Bees with eight digs. Suwada was involved in
nine of SAU's 11 total team blocks.
St. Ambrose 3, Johnson & Wales 2 - Box
After dropping the first two sets, SAU rebounded to close the trip with a 23-25,
21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-11 win over Johnson & Wales. Dan Dowjotas put down
20 kills for the second straight day against Johnson & Wales. Joe Sponseller
(12) and Kyle Schwetz (10) each finished with double-digit kills. Michael Neuner
again paced the Bees with 49 assists. Dowjotas also led the team with 14 digs
while Miguel Calvillo added eight.
The Bees, winners of five straight, will return home to host Clarke at 7 p.m.
on March 23. The game will also be broadcast on SAUtv.
Bees Sweep Robert Morris
Mar. 10, 2011
(pictured right) finished with seven kills to lead St. Ambrose to a 3-0 sweep of
Robert Morris. The Bees are 18-4 overall and 11-1 in the MAMVIC following the
25-10, 25-16, 25-20 win.
Kyle Condon and David Suwada each recorded four kills while Kyle Schwetz, Dan
Dowjotas and Ken Ropiak each had three. Michael Neuner led all players with 21
assists. Miguel Calvillo had a team-high seven digs.
The Bees will next travel to Denver, Colo., to play three matches beginning
on March 13.
SAU Wins 5-of-6 at Fighting Bee Classic
Mar. 6, 2011
St. Ambrose won five of its six matches, including all three MAMVIC matches,
at its own Fighting Bee Classic over the weekend. SAU defeated Missouri Valley,
Siena Heights twice, Warner and Graceland and lost a five-setter to Park. The
Bees are now 17-4 overall and 10-1 in the MAMVIC.
St. Ambrose 3, Missouri Valley 0 -
St. Ambrose had little trouble in its opener, defeating Missouri Valley 25-12,
25-20, 25-15, behind 13 kills from Dan Dowjotas. The only difficulty came in the
second set as Missouri Valley led 16-14 after winning five straight points. But
the Bees won 3-of-4 points to tie the set at 17-17 and later followed with three
straight points to take the lead for good at 20-18. Matt Brahm (pictured right) finished with
seven kills, Kyle Schwetz recorded six and Joe Sponseller had five. Michael
Neuner led all players with 25 assists.
St. Ambrose 3, Siena Heights 1 -
A balanced attack helped St. Ambrose knock off Siena Heights 25-12, 25-19,
23-25, 25-16 in the first of two conference matches between the schools over the
weekend. Dan Dierking led the team with nine kills, Dan Dowjotas and Ken Ropiak
each had eight, Matt Brahm finished with six and David Suwada added five.
Michael Neuner had a match-best 40 assists. Ropiak also led the Bees, involved
in eight of the team's 16 total blocks.
St. Ambrose 3, Warner 2 -
St. Ambrose escaped with a 25-27, 25-21, 25-16, 21-25, 15-13 conference win over
Warner to close tournament play Friday. In the fifth set, he Bees were down 3-0
and 4-1 before rallying to tie the set at 6-6. With the score knotted at 13-13,
Dan Dowjotas and David Suwada came up with back-to-back kills to close out the
win. Dowjotas led all players with 19 kills. Kyle Schwetz had nine, Suwada and
Joe Sponseller each had eight and Matt Brahm finished with seven. Michael Neuner
led everyone with 45 assists. Miguel Calvillo led the Bees with 14 digs.
St. Ambrose 3, Graceland 1 -
Dan Dowjotas came up with 17 kills to help SAU open Saturday's play with a
25-17, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21 win over Graceland. Joe Sponseller had nine kills,
Matt Brahm finished with seven and Kyle Schwetz recorded five. Michael Neuner
again led the Bees with 38 assists and Miguel Calvillo finished with a
match-best 13 digs.
Park 3, St. Ambrose 2 -
The Bees won the first two sets but were unable to hang on and lost its only
match of the tournament. Park prevailed 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-12. SAU
appeared poised to sweep Park, taking a 14-11 lead on a Dan Dowjotas kill midway
through the third set, but Park came up with four straight points en route to
taking the set 25-21. The fourth set was even at 18-18 before Park again won
four consecutive points to close it out 25-22. Park continued its strong play
into the fifth set, grabbing a 6-2 lead. St. Ambrose battled back to within a
point at 6-5 and 7-6 before Park extended its lead to 10-6. Once again SAU
pulled to as close as a point at 12-11 and 13-12 before Park closed out the
match 15-12. Dowjotas led the Bees with 14 kills and Matt Brahm had 12. Michael
Neuner recorded 46 of the team's 51 assists in the loss.
St. Ambrose 3, Siena Heights 0 -
SAU closed the tournament by knocking off Siena Heights 25-16, 27-25, 25-19 in
another MAMVIC match. Siena Heights had two set points in the second at 24-23
and 25-24 but each time the Bees responded. Dan Dierking's kill tied the set at
25-25 before a David Suwada ace handed the Bees a set point. Another Dierking
kill ended the second set before the Bees completed the sweep a set later. Kyle
Condon led St. Ambrose with 10 kills. Scott Manthei had eight, Dierking finished
with six and Suwada and Hayden Grove each added five. Michael Neuner (21) and
Ryan Piper (13) combined for 34 of the team's 35 assists.
The Bees will host Robert Morris Thursday at 7 p.m.
February 25th Matches Cancelled Due to Weather
Feb. 23, 2011
St. Ambrose's two matches in Chicago, originally scheduled for Friday, Feb.
25, have been cancelled due to weather.
The Bees were slated to face Siena Heights and Saint Xavier in a pair of
conference matches. Now SAU will visit Saint Xavier at 7 p.m. on March 30. The
match with Siena Heights has not yet been rescheduled.
Gleeson Receives 2011 Thirty Under 30 Award
Feb. 24, 2011
Ambrose head men's volleyball coach Bill Gleeson (pictured right) was recently
honored as a recipient of the 2011 Thirty Under 30 Award from the American
Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
The award, created in 2009, honors up-and-coming coaching talent at all
levels of volleyball. To qualify, candidates had to be younger than 30 years old
Gleeson, in his fifth season at the helm of the SAU men's volleyball team,
recently won his 100th career match. He has compiled a 103-48 (.682) record
through matches of Feb. 23. His 2011 team is currently 12-3 overall and 7-1 in
The Oak Lawn, Ill., native has guided the Bees to three of the last four NAIA
National Tournaments, with the team finishing as high as third place in both
2008 and 2010.
Gleeson, a two-time MAMVIC East Coach of the Year, has coached two NAIA
All-Americans and 15 all-conference performers.
After graduating from St. Ambrose with degrees in Management and General
Business, Gleeson got his coaching start as an assistant with both the men's and
women's volleyball programs. He became the head men's coach in 2007.
Gleeson is the second St. Ambrose volleyball coach to receive the honor. Last
year, former women's associate head coach Jim Finn won the award.
St. Ambrose Outlasts Missouri Baptist in Five Sets
Feb. 23, 2011
Behind 20 kills from Dan Dowjotas
(pictured right) and 18 from Matt Brahm, St. Ambrose picked
up a five-set win at Missouri Baptist Wednesday night. The Bees are 12-3 overall
following the 24-26, 25-20, 25-19, 20-25, 15-7 win.
Kyle Schwetz added nine kills and Joe Sponseller finished with seven to
support Dowjotas and Brahm. Michael Neuner had a match-high 46 assists. Miguel
Calvillo led the team with 11 digs. David Suwada had eight block assists as SAU
totaled 13 team blocks.
St. Ambrose will travel to Chicago, Ill., to face Siena Heights (6 p.m.) and
Saint Xavier (8 p.m.) Friday night before returning home to host the Fighting
Bee Classic March 4-5.
Bees Earn Pair of Conference Wins in Chicago
Feb. 19, 2011
Moody Bible box score |
Robert Morris box score
St. Ambrose improved to 11-3 overall and 7-1 in the MAMVIC following a pair
of conference wins in Chicago. The Bees defeated both Moody Bible and Robert
Morris by 3-0 scores.
A balanced attack helped SAU get past Moody Bible 25-14, 25-13, 25-11. Scott
Manthei (pictured right) and Dan Dierking each had eight kills, George Langheld and David Suwada
each finished with six, and Kyle Condon and Ken Ropiak each recorded five. Ryan
Piper (18) and Michael Neuner (15) combined for 33 of the team's 35 assists.
Kyle Schwetz came up with a team-high 12 kills as the Bees defeated Robert
Morris 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. Dan Dowjotas finished with eight kills, Matt Brahm
had seven and Joe Sponseller chipped in with five. Neuner led the team with 31
assists. Piper added nine. Miguel Calvillo registered a team-leading 11
St. Ambrose, winner of five straight matches, will visit Missouri Baptist
Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Gleeson Wins 100th as SAU Stops Cardinal Stritch 3-1
Feb. 18, 2011
coach Bill Gleeson (pictured right) won his 100th career match at St. Ambrose as
the Bees defeated Cardinal Stritch 3-1 Friday night. SAU is 9-3 overall and 5-1
in the MAMVIC following the 26-28, 25-22, 26-24, 25-17 win.
SAU fought off three set points before dropping the first set 28-26. With the
second set tied at 19-19, the Bees won three straight points, two coming on solo
blocks from Kyle Schwetz and Dan Dowjotas. Joe Sponseller tied the match at 1-1
with a kill on set point.
Cardinal Stritch (7-9, 4-3 MAMVIC) started quickly in the third set, taking a
4-1 lead. The Wolves maintained a 15-12 lead before Matt Brahm put down two
kills as part of a four-point SAU spurt to give the Bees a 16-15 edge. The teams
remained close the rest of the way until Sponseller and Brahm came up with
back-to-back kills to end the set.
Sponseller's kill gave St. Ambrose an 8-7 lead in the fourth set and the Bees
never relinquished the lead the rest of the way. Hayden Grove ended the match
with his six kill of the night.
Dowjotas led the team with 17 kills and 10 digs. Brahm and Sponseller each
finished with 11 kills. Michael Neuner had a team-best 46 assists. David Suwada
was a part of seven of the team's 14.5 total blocks.
In just his fifth year at the helm, Gleeson has now compiled a 100-48 career
mark with the Bees. He has led the team to three of the last four NAIA National
Tournaments, finishing third in both 2008 and 2010 and fifth in 2007.
Gleeson and the Bees will next face Moody Bible and Robert Morris in Chicago
Bees Pick Up Another Conference Win
Feb. 16, 2011
Behind 10 kills from Matt Brahm and David Suwada
(pictured right), #6 St. Ambrose defeated
Saint Xavier 3-1 Wednesday night in Lee Lohman Arena. Set scores were 25-8,
27-25, 22-25, 25-17. SAU improves to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the MAMVIC.
The Bees came out fast, taking a 12-4 lead in the first set thanks to four
quick kills from Brahm. SAU later rolled off five straight points to take a 17-5
lead before closing out the opening set 25-8 on a Joe Sponseller kill.
St. Ambrose trailed much of the way in the second set, down five points early
and down 16-12 midway through the set. Suwada and Michael Neuner put down
back-to-back kills to even the set at 18-18. On the team's third set point,
Suwada got another kill to end the set 27-25.
The third set was close throughout. The Bees led as late as 21-20 before
Saint Xavier (3-7, 3-1 MAMVIC) broke a 22-22 tie by winning the final three
SAU used a 7-1 run midway through the fourth set to break a 9-9 tie and take
a 16-10 lead. Suwada had two kills while Hayden Grove, Scott Manthei and Dan
Dowjotas were each credited with a kill during the run. Dowjotas ended the match
with his ninth kill of the night.
Neuner led all players with 39 assists and Brahm finished with a team-best 10
The Bees will visit Cardinal Stritch Friday night before battling Moody Bible
and Robert Morris Saturday in Chicago.
St. Ambrose Wins at Graceland
Feb. 12, 2011
(pictured right) came up with 16 kills to help St. Ambrose defeat Graceland 3-1
Saturday afternoon. Scores were 20-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-13 as the win moved the
Bees to 7-3 overall.
Kyle Schwetz was second on the team with nine kills while Joe Sponseller and
Matt Brahm each finished with eight. Michael Neuner led the team with 42 assists
and Miguel Calvillo had a team-high 12 digs. SAU came up with 14 total team
blocks, led by nine from Schwetz and seven from Dowjotas.
For the first time in almost three weeks, St. Ambrose will play a home match.
The Bees will welcome Saint Xavier to Lee Lohman Arena Wednesday at 7 p.m.
SAU Falls at Conference Foe Clarke
Feb. 9, 2011
Clarke’s hitters Alex Wilharm and Travis Gabehart had a combined 33 kills and
18 digs as the Crusaders defeated St. Ambrose 3-2, giving the Fighting Bees
their first MAMVIC conference lose. Set scores were 19-25, 25-20, 27-25, 20-25,
After splitting the first two sets, the Bees had two set points in the third
at 24-22 and another at 25-24 but could not convert before the Crusaders closed
it out 27-25.
SAU forced a decisive fifth set and let as late in 8-7 in the fifth before
Clarke (6-6, 3-3 MAMVIC) won six straight points en route to closing out the
The Fighting Bees have won five times in the last seven meetings against
Clarke (6-6, 3-3). Ambrose drops to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in league play. The
Fighting Bees will try to revenge this loss against the Crusaders on March 23 at
Lee Lohman Arena.
Dan Dowjotas led the team with 25 kills. Hayden Grove had a solid night with
10 kills, six digs and four blocks. Michael Neuner led the team with 49 assists
while Kyle Schwetz (pictured right) had a team-high seven blocks to go along with 13 kills.
The Bees will next visit Graceland on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Bees Finish 3-2 at Lindenwood Tournament
Feb. 5, 2011
St. Ambrose won three of its five matches at a two-day tournament hosted by
Lindenwood over the weekend. The Bees defeated Hannibal-LaGrange, Warner and
Hope International and lost to Park and Lindenwood. Both losses came in five
sets. SAU is now 6-2 overall and 3-0 in the Eastern Conference of the MAMVIC.
St. Ambrose 3, Hannibal-LaGrange 1 -
Dan Dowjotas led the way with 19 kills as St. Ambrose opened the two-day
tournament with a 3-1 win over Hannibal-LaGrange. After dropping the first set
25-23, the Bees stormed back to take the next three by scores of 25-22, 25-22,
25-19. Hayden Grove also reached double digits in kills with 10. Michael Neuner
had 37 assists and Miguel Calvillo led the team with seven digs.
Park 3, St. Ambrose 2 -
Digging out of a 2-0 hole was too much for St. Ambrose against Park. The Bees
were down two sets (25-19, 25-20) but rallied to take the next two by scores of
25-19 and 25-22. The comeback came up short as SAU fell in the fifth set 15-12.
Matt Brahm had team-high honors with 13 kills and Kyle Schwetz finished with 10.
Michael Neuner again led the way with 37 assists. Miguel Calvillo (17) and Brahm
(13) reached double figures in digs.
St. Ambrose 3, Warner 0 -
In its only conference match of the tournament, St. Ambrose swept Warner by
scores of 28-26, 25-20, 25-20 to open play Saturday. Dan Dowjotas led the Bees
with 16 kills and Joe Sponseller put down seven. Michael Neuner had 30 assists
while Miguel Calvillo (pictured right) finished with a team-high 12 digs.
St. Ambrose 3, Hope International 2 -
For the second time in the tournament, SAU found itself down 2-0. This time,
however, the Bees came all the way back for the 3-2 win. Set scores were 25-27,
22-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-13 in favor of SAU. Dan Dowjotas led three Bees with
double-digit kills with 19. Matt Brahm finished with 14 and Joe Sponseller added
11. Michael Neuner led St. Ambrose with 49 assists. Miguel Calvillo and Brahm
each had 11 assists in the win.
Lindenwood 3, St. Ambrose 2 -
SAU found itself in a familiar position, trailing 2-0. For the third time in
four matches, the Bees rallied to force a decisive fifth set but the team came
up short against host Lindenwood by scores of 14-25, 18-25, 25-23, 25-17, 9-15.
Dan Dowjotas and Kyle Schwetz each finished with a team-best 12 kills. Hayden
Grove added 11 in a losing effort. Michael Neuner was credited with 44 assists.
Matt Brahm led the Bees with 12 digs while also chipping in with nine kills.
The Bees will next visit Clarke in an MAMVIC matchup Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Bees Beat Cardinal Stritch in Top-10 Showdown
Jan. 27, 2011
(pictured right) finished with 17 kills and Dan Dowjotas added 16 as #3 St.
Ambrose defeated #9 Cardinal Stritch 3-1 Thursday night. The Bees are 3-0
overall and 2-0 in league play following the 25-22, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18 win.
Trailing 8-7 in the first set, SAU won six straight points, the last coming
on a Kyle Schwetz kill, to take a 13-8 lead. CSU (1-4, 1-2 MAMVIC) tied the set
at 17-17 before the Bees responded with three straight points behind two kills
from Dan Dierking to grab a 20-17 lead. The Bees closed out the set 25-22 on a
The second set was tied 17-17 before Cardinal Stritch reeled off four
straight points before taking the set 25-21.
The Bees wasted little time to take control of the third set, racing to a 4-0
lead with Schwetz putting down two early kills. SAU gradually pulled away before
claiming the third 25-19.
SAU picked up its game in the fourth set, winning 25-18.
Schwetz added nine kills, Ken Ropiak added eight and Dierking had seven in
the win. Michael Neuner had a match-high 47 assists.
The Bees will next compete in the Lindenwood Tournament Feb. 4-5 in St.
SAU Begins MAMVIC Play with Sweep of Moody Bible
Jan. 26, 2011
St. Ambrose wasted little time in improving to 2-0 with a three-set sweep of
Moody Bible Wednesday night. The Bees won 25-12, 25-16, 25-17 in their first
home match of the season.
Matt Brahm (pictured right) served SAU to a 6-0 lead in the first set and the Bees never
looked back. St. Ambrose led by at least four points the rest of the opening
Moody Bible (0-2) came out strong in the second set, leading as late as 9-8.
But SAU ran off five straight points, highlighted by kills from Brahm and Dan
Dowjotas to grab a 13-9 lead. St. Ambrose closed out the set by winning the
final three points, two coming on kills from Dowjotas.
SAU took a 9-3 lead early in the third before closing out the match 25-17.
The Bees return to action Thursday by hosting Cardinal Stritch at 7 p.m.
Bees Open 2011 Season with Five-Set Win
Jan. 21, 2011
St. Ambrose started the 2011 season with a thrilling five-set win at
Hannibal-LaGrange Friday night. Set scores were 25-23, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25,
Dan Dowjotas (pictured right) led the Bees with 23 kills. Kyle Schwetz had 11 and Hayden Grove
and Ken Ropiak each finished with nine. Michael Neuner had a team-best 51
assists while Miguel Calvillo added a team-high 11 digs.
After hosting an alumni game Saturday, SAU will open the home portion of its
regular season schedule by hosting Moody Bible Wednesday at 7 p.m. Thursday, the
Bees will host Cardinal Stritch at 7 p.m.
St. Ambrose Releases 2011 Schedule and Roster
Oct. 28, 2010
2011 roster | 2011 schedule
Head men's volleyball coach Bill Gleeson announced his 2011 roster and
released his 2011 schedule today.
The Bees return 11 of the 14 players from last season's varsity roster,
including 2010 all-American Dan Dowjotas and Hayden Grove, who was named to the
all-tournament team at the NAIA National Invitational Tournament.
Dowjotas, a junior outside hitter, led the 2010 team with 471 kills and 267
digs, while Grove, a junior right-side hitter, was second on the team with 321
kills. The team also returns junior setter Michael Neuner (team-best 1160
assists) and sophomore libero Miguel Calvillo (second on team with 242 digs),
who both played significant roles last year.
Eight freshmen on the roster will also be asked to contribute to a team that
finished 26-7 overall last year and was just two points away from competing in
the 2010 National Championship match.
The 2011 schedule is highlighted again by hosting the NAIA National
Tournament April 14-16. Last year, California Baptist defeated Missouri Baptist
in the championship match after the Bees dropped a five-setter to Missouri
Baptist in the national semifinals in front of a tournament record 1,044 fans.
The season gets underway Jan. 22 when SAU visits Hannibal-LaGrange at 3 p.m.
The home opener is just four days later when the Bees host conference foe Moody
Bible in Lee Lohman arena at 7 p.m. on Jan. 26.
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