Elmira, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team split their second day at Elmira by defeating the Southern Vermont Mountaineers 3-0 and falling to the Sage Gators 3-2.
The first match of the day went the way of the Spartans, defeating Southern Vermont 25-18, 25-11, 25-18. With the first set tied at 4-4 early, D'Youville ran away with the score to win the first set. The second set was dominance from the Spartans from the beginning as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead and won their second straight set. After leading by a wide margin in the third set, Southern Vermont pulled to within one at 19-18, but D'Youville wouldn't allow another point in the match as they would go on to win and take the match 3-0.
Recording his first double-double of the season was Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) with 12 kills and 11 digs, both team highs. Middle blockers Zach Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and Logan Krass (Oswego, NY/Oswego) each had eight kills, while Stroh, Krass and Collin McMahon (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) each had three service aces. McMahon had a team high 38 assists.
In their second match of the day, the Spartans had a tough battle against Sage. They fell 3-2, with the set scores being 25-16, 25-27, 16-25, 25-18, 15-12. Sage was in control of the first set and was able to lead throughout. D'Youville led the second set 10-7 before Sage would come back to take the lead at 19-17. With a 25-24 lead, Sage was within a point of winning their second straight set but D'Youville scored the next three points and won the set.
The Spartans dominated from the opening serve in the third set. They built a 10-2 lead and then increased their lead to 14 on their way to victory. Sage came back in the fourth to an early 9-3 lead before D'Youville would battle back to trail 14-12. The Gators then pulled away by scoring eight of the next nine points before tying the match at 2-2. In the fifth and final set, the Spartans would trail 8-7. They would then trail 14-10 before scoring two unanswered points. Despite the late rally, Sage would close out the match and win 3-2.
Stroh played an outstanding match with a team leading 24 kills and he tied the team lead with seven digs. McMahon recorded 45 assists along with four service aces, both tops on the team. Krass add 11 kills while Bochacki had a team high four blocks. Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) chipped in seven kills.
The next match for the men comes this Tuesday, February 14 as the Spartans host Penn State-Behrend at 7pm.