Erie, PA – The D'Youville men's volleyball team was defeated by the host Penn State-Behrend Lions on Thursday evening by the final score of 3-0.
Behrend had a five-point lead over the Spartans in the first set at 8-3. Over the next several serves, the Spartans would get back in the match and trail by one at 11-10. The Lions would then go on a run of their own, taking a 19-12 lead and they would go on to win the first set 25-19.
D'Youville took the early advantage in the second set with a 4-2 lead. However, the Lions would then go on an 11-0 run to take a 13-4 lead over the Spartans. Scoring five consecutive points of their own, the Spartans came back to trail by four and then trimmed their deficit to three as they were down 18-15 to the Lions. Behrend would hold onto their lead over D'Youville and win the second set 25-17.
The Spartans began the third set in similar fashion as the second with another 4-2 lead. They maintained their two point lead at 9-7 until the Lions overtook D'Youville for an 11-9 lead. Pulling back to within one at 20-19, the Spartans were close to taking their first set of the match, but Behrend went on a 5-0 scoring run to complete the third set, winning 25-19 and winning the match 3-0.
Freshman Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) recorded a team high 11 digs in the match, with Collin McMahon (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) adding six and a team high 27 assists and three service aces. Junior Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) led the team with 14 kills to go with seven digs and three blocks.
Zach Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) tied for the team high in blocks with three. Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) had seven kills with Logan Krass (Oswego, NY/Oswego) adding four. James Zeiger (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) played a strong defensive game while Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) had a kill and two digs.
The next match for the men comes tomorrow, Friday March 3 as the team travels to Keuka to play SUNY Poly at 2pm and Keuka at 4pm.