MILWAUKEE, Wis. (naccsports.org) --- No. 11-ranked Milwaukee School of Engineering and No. 15-ranked Dominican University will meet for the 2019 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) men's volleyball tournament title after picking up semifinal wins Friday night. Saturday's championship match will take place at 5 p.m. inside MSOE's Hotchkin Arena.
No. 2 Dominican def. No. 3 Aurora, 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-20) - BOX SCORE
The Stars hit just .126 in the win - highlighted by a .296 effort in the second set - but managed to slow the Spartans to a .082 attack percentage with eight blocks and 46 digs to force 20 Aurora attack errors.
Ethan Klosak paced the Dominican attack, knocking down 12 kills on 27 swings while committing just four errors and picking up 12 digs. The junior set the tone in the first set, knocking down five kills on just eight swings and then helped put the match on ice with four kills in the third set.
Aurora was led by 10 kills from Jack Fischer, while Justin Elliott had eight kills and eight digs and Justin Yost posted 21 assists.
No. 1 MSOE def. No. 5 Lakeland, 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-17) - BOX SCORE
The host and top-seeded Raiders posted an impressive .380 attack percentage in the nightcap, racking up 41 kills on 79 total attacks to go along with nine service aces.
MSOE's Jacob Sirny led all players with 11 kills, while teammates Austyn Bella and Ben Pung had nine kills apiece. Pung also had five digs and a pair of service aces. NACC Player of the Year Quin Krisik added 37 assists, six digs, three aces and two kills.
Lakeland, which finished the match hitting a respectable .218, were led by Nathan Vanderwaal's 10 kills. Cameron Ekum added 19 assists, four digs, three kills and two block assists. The Muskies finished with 29 kills in the match, including 15 on 32 total attacks en route to a .406 attack percentage in the second set.
The conference tournament champion will receive the NACC's automatic berth to the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championship.