Keuka Park, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team suffered back-to-back losses Saturday afternoon, being defeated by the SUNY Poly Wildcats 3-1 and the host Keuka Wolfpack by the score of 3-1.
The first set of the day was close between the Spartans and the Wildcats. Down 23-22, D'Youville lost the next two points as SUNY Poly took the first 25-22. Half way through the second set it was tied at 13-13 before the Wildcats took a 22-18 lead. They would then go on to score three of the next four points, winning the second set 25-19.
D'Youville was able to take an early lead over SUNY Poly in the third set at 10-7 before the Wildcats came back to tie it at 10-10. The set was tied again at 17-17 and then again at 21-21 before the Spartans would go back up 24-21 and win the set 25-23. The Spartans again had a 10-7 lead in the fourth set but SUNY Poly tied the game at 10-10 once again. The Wildcats went on a 6-0 scoring run to build a big lead that D'Youville couldn't recover from as SUNY Poly won the set 25-18 and the match 3-1.
Senior Collin McMahon (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) led the team with 27 assists with three total blocks. Junior Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) had a team high 12 kills and three service aces with an added six digs. Freshman Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) had a team high eight digs while sophomore Zach Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) added seven kills.
The first set between Keuka and D'Youville was very closely contested to begin the match. Tied at 8-8, the Wolfpack took a 16-15 lead before the Spartans came back to tie it at 20-20. Keuka tied the set at 22-22 and then went on to win 25-23. The Spartans recovered in the second set after trailing 6-5. D'Youville scored 10 of the next 11 points to take a 15-7 that the Wolfpack was unable to bounce back from as the Spartans took the second set 25-19.
Keuka was up on the Spartans 7-4 in the third set before D'Youville tied it at 12-12. The Wolfpack then went on to take a 23-20 advantage before the Spartans pulled to within one at 24-23. However Keuka would score the final point and win the third set 25-23. After the Wolfpack tied the set at 7-7 in the fourth set, the Spartans went on an 11-4 scoring run and led 18-1. However from that point Keuka went on a 9-0 scoring run to take a 20-18 lead. With Keuka leading 24-22, the Spartans came back and tied it up at 24-24 and the two teams tied it at 27-27. The Wolfpack would then go on to win the set 29-27 and the match 3-1.
Stroh recorded his second double-digit kill match of the day with a team high 17, adding 13 digs for a double-double. MacDowell tied Stroh for the team lead in digs with 13. McMahon had a team high 45 assists with 11 digs for his own double-double, also adding a team high four service aces.
Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) had 11 kills with eight digs and two service aces. Logan Krass (Oswego, NY/Oswego) also had nine kills while Bochacki had a team high five blocks. Ed Kerber (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) chipped in with four kills while James Zeiger (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) had a strong game defensively with nine digs.
The next match for the men is on Sunday, March 5 as they play Wells at 12pm.