Buffalo, NY – A different looking D'Youville men's volleyball team will take the court in 2017, losing several veteran players but adding new faces to compete for playing time.
The team lost six players from last year's team due to graduation and transfers. This season, they welcome in two freshmen, a transfer and a returner from the 2014 season to bolster the roster. Of the five returners, there is an even mix of upperclassmen and underclassmen as the team has one senior, two juniors and two sophomores.
Lone senior Collin McMahon (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) will lead the team in his final year as a Spartan. Collin led the team in service aces in 2016 with 44 and was second on the team with 216 assists. His previous three seasons of playing experience will help with an influx of new players and returners work together towards success.
Juniors Logan Krass (Oswego, NY/Oswego) and James Zeiger (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) will look for increased rolls on this year's team. Krass played in 12 matches last season, recording 16 kills and 10 total blocks while Zeiger has been a consistent team player over his career and will be relied upon for his leadership.
As a freshman, Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led the team with 196 digs and 1.87 digs/set while playing all 105 sets. As a sophomore this season, Kilijanski returns as the team's Libero and at the heart of the team's defense. Fellow sophomore Zach Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) is a middle blocker that will also hope to add to the team's defense in the middle.
The team has two new outside hitters this season as they lost three via graduation or transfer. Freshman Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) and junior transfer Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) are new additions to this year's team and outside hitters. Both will be given chances to play on the outside this year to fill the void of lost production.
Rounding out the roster are freshman Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) and junior Ed Kerber (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga). MacDowell adds depth to the Libero position while Kerber returns to the team after his freshman season in 2014 that saw him play 18 matches, tallying 54 kills and 30 digs. His experience and previous collegiate production are welcomed additions to the team.
D'Youville will once again compete in the NEAC and AMCC conferences this season. In the preseason NEAC polls, D'Youville was voted on to finish in sixth place by the opposing eight coaches in the conference. In 2016, the team also finished sixth in the NEAC.
On April 1 and April 2, D'Youville will host their first NEAC crossover. Six teams, including D'Youville, will be playing a total of nine games in two days to complete their conference schedule before playoffs begin. The top four teams in the conference make playoffs.
The Spartan's first opponent of the season will be a familiar one as they host the Hilbert Hawks on Tuesday, January 24. Match time is set for 7pm.