Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville Men's Volleyball Team failed to break their current losing streak on Saturday afternoon by losing to Keuka College 3-1 and Penn State-Altoona 3-1.
In their first match against Keuka, the Spartans were defeated in 4 sets by the scores of 25-19, 20-25, 27-25 and 27-25. Keuka led early in the first set, up 7-2. D'Youville closed the gap to 5 at 21-16, but they wouldn't be able to climb back into the game and fell to the Wolfpack in the first set 25-19.
D'Youville jumped back into the game to even the score in the second set. Brock Tetreault (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) had several big kills in the set, along with a service ace. Matt Loos (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) and Evan Singler (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) also came up big at the net with blocks and kills. Collin McMahon (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) gave several assists to set up his teammates, including the final assist for the game winning point from Chris Busha (Hamburg, NY/St. Francis), winning the second set 25-20.
The two teams would battle to the end in the next two sets. D'Youville was out to an early 4-1 lead from a Singer kill off a Brett Cawthorn (West Seneca, NY/St. Francis) assist. Keuka made up the ground on the Spartans and the two were tied at 18 late in the set. The opponents were tied at 22 when D'Youville pulled out to a 24-22 lead, with the chance to close it out. Despite a point away from the win, Keuka came back to tie the game at 24 and 25, eventually winning 27-25. The fourth set went by the same score as the third. The Spartans were up 24-21 late, but again the Wolfpack stormed back and took the set 27-25, winning the match 3-1.
Tetreault was the team leader in kills with 18. Alex Johnson (Lancaster, NY/Clarence) had the high of 17 digs. Following Tetreault in kills were Busha with 9, Singer and Loos with 8, and Cawthorn with 7. Brett was amongst the top 2 players on the team in digs with 11, followed by Tetreault with 8 along with Busha and Steve Goedtel (Eden, NY/Eden) with 3 each. Loos had a team high 5 total blocks, and McMahon led the team with 43 assists.
In their second match of the day, D'Youville would have the same fate, falling to Penn State-Altoona 3-1.
After being tied at 4, the Spartans held a 10-6 lead over the Lions. D'Youville held a firm 5 point lead for the remainder of the set. To give the team a 6 point lead, a Tetreault serve led to a kill from Loos off an assist from McMahon. Three straight serves from Loos resulted in three straight points and the eventual win in the first set for the Spartans by the score of 25-16.
From the second set on, it would be all Penn State. After trailing 2-0 early on in the set, the Lions would come back to score 6 unanswered and lead. The score would be tied at 12 as both teams played on to an even game. The Spartans would get to within 1 point at 22-21, but Altoona would take the second set 25-23. The third set would be much of the same. Both teams played evenly throughout, with the score tied at 23 late. Penn State would be the eventual victor and win the set 25-23, holding a 2-1 lead in the match.
D'Youville was in the lead to begin the fourth set 7-4 in attempt to fight off the end of the match. The Lions worked their way back into the lead to the tune of a 17-12 lead. Altoona would continue to hold that lead to the end of the set, winning 25-19 and winning the match by the score of 3-1.
For the second consecutive match, Tetreault was the team leader in kills with 10. Johnson also had the team high in digs with 15. Busha again was second with 9 kills, followed by Cawthorn and Loos with 8 and Singer recording 7 kills. Tetreault and McMahon tied with 9 digs for second behind Johnson. McMahon also led the team with 40 assists. Singer held his own block party with a team high 7 total blocks.
The next match for the men comes early on Sunday, March 29th at 9am against Lancaster Bible. The match will be again played at Medaille.