Morningside’s men’s volleyball team broke seven school records in the 2018 season.
Morningside broke seven school records and tied two other records in the 2018 men’s volleyball season.
The Mustangs broke five team records and two individual records.
Morningside set a record for kills in a match when it slammed 62 kills in a 25-21, 25-23, 21-25, 25-27, 15-8 victory against Lindenwood-Belleville University on March 2 to break its previous record of 60 kills in contests against Hannibal-LaGrange University in 2015 and Briar Cliff University in 2017.
The Mustangs came up with 59 digs in a 25-16, 29-27, 25-21 sweep of Dordt College on Jan. 30 to break their previous record of 51 digs in a three-set match against Dordt last season.
Morningside averaged 1.03 ace serves per set and 10.32 digs per set this season to top its former standards of 1.01 ace serves per set and 9.82 digs per set in the 2015 campaign.
The Mustangs finished the season with a .188 attack percentage to break their previous record of .187 percent in 2015.
Jacob Loberg, a 5-11 senior libero from Omaha, Neb., had 23 digs in the Mustangs’ Jan. 30 victory against Dordt to break the former Morningside record of 19 digs in a three-set match set by Dalton Tucker against Clarke University in 2015.
Loberg amassed a team-high 270 digs for an average of 2.87 digs per set this season for the second highest figures in Morningside history. He posted a double figure dig total in 13 of the Mustangs’ 27 contests.
Caden Toben, a 6-2 junior setter from Glendale, Ariz., dealt a team-high 825 assists to set a school record with an average of 8.78 assists per set. He broke the previous Morningside standard of 8.63 assists per set by Jordan Bailey in 2015.
Toben is the Mustangs’ all-time career leader with 2314 assists and an average of 7.23 assists per set.
Oscar Alvarez Cancel
Oscar Alvarez Cancel, a 6-0 senior outside hitter from Arecibo, Puerto Rico, tied the Morningside record for kills in a five-set match when he had 21 terminations in the Mustangs’ 25-16, 24-26, 25-22, 21-25, 15-9 loss against Missouri Valley College on Feb. 16.
Alvarez Cancel led the Mustangs’ attack with 345 kills for an average of 3.67 kills per set and posted a double figure kill performance in 21 of the team’s 27 contests. His average of 3.67 kills per set was the second highest rate in Morningside history. Aside from his team-high 345 kills, Alvarez Cancel ranked second on the Mustangs with 156 digs for an average of 1.66 digs per set.
Alvarez Cancel finished his career with 860 kills for an average of 2.16 kills per set for the second highest totals in Morningside history. He also ranks second in the Mustangs’ annals with 199 career block assists.
Jacob Brand, a 6-9 junior middle blocker from Homer, Neb., tied a school record for a three-set match with four solo blocks in a 25-20, 25-22, 25-20 loss against Ottawa University on March 24. Brand was the Mustangs’ co-leader with 15 solo blocks and ranked second on the team with 48 block assists for an average of 0.69 blocks per set. Brand, who averaged 1.73 kills per set, was the Mustangs’ most efficient hitter with 157 kills and 64 errors in 344 attempts to lead the team with a .174 attack percentage.
Brand is the Mustangs’ all-time career leader with 63 solo blocks, 234 block assists and an average of 0.90 blocks per set.
Jimmy Aschenbrenner, a 6-7 junior middle blocker from Westminster, Colo., led the Mustangs in two statistical categories during the 2018 season. Aschenbrenner was the Mustangs’ top defender at the net with team-high totals of 15 solo blocks and 70 block assists for an average of 0.90 blocks per set and their top weapon from the service line with a team-high 20 ace serves for an average of 0.21 ace serves per set.
Morningside posted a 9-18 record in the 2018 campaign and finished fifth in the American Midwest/Great Plains/Kansas Conference standings with a 3-9 league mark.