Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville men's volleyball team suffered their first home loss of the season on Tuesday evening, falling to the visiting Penn State-Behrend Lions by the final of 3-0.
Behrend began the match in dominating fashion. They took an 11-0 lead in the first set before the Spartans would rally back to trail 15-8. However the Lions separated themselves from D'Youville and were able to close out the first set on a 10-3 scoring run and win 25-11.
The second set was much more contested between the two sides. Behrend led by one at 10-9 before they extended their lead to 14-10. The Spartans would then answer with a rally and tie the set at 18-18. Several minutes later the Lions went up 23-20 before D'Youville tied the set again, this time at 24-24. Within a point of victory at 25-24, D'Youville pushed back and the two teams were tied at 26-26. However Behrend would win the next two points to win the set 28-26.
D'Youville got behind early in the third set of play, trailing Behrend 10-2. The Spartans fought back to trail by six at 16-10, but the Lion's large lead was too much to overcome. Behrend would go on to win the set 25-13 and the match 3-0.
Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) led the team with seven kills, adding nine digs. Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) had a team high 10 digs while Zach Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) added five kills and two blocks. Collin McMahon (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) recorded a team leading 17 assists in the match.
The next match for the men come this Friday, February 17 as they travel to Lancaster Bible. D'Youville will play Lancaster Bible at 4pm, followed by Wilson at 6pm. Their weekend will conclude as they play Penn State-Altoona at 11am on Saturday.