Pittsford, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team closed out their weekend at St. John Fisher by losing to the host Cardinals by the final score of 3-1.
The Spartans came out in the first set and played extremely well. They never trailed in the first, taking a one-point lead and growing it to six at 18-12. Fisher would pull to within four at 20-16 before the Spartans would score five straight points to win the first 25-16.
Each of the next three sets would in the same score – 25-21. However, none of those scores would go the Spartan's way. The Cardinals never trailed in the second set and took a nine-point lead over the Spartans. D'Youville came back to trail by three but ultimately lost the second. After the Cardinals trailed 8-6 in the third they would come back to tie the match at 20-20 and score five of the final six points to take a 2-1 lead in the match. In the third after trailing 16-15, Fisher would come back to lead 23-21 and finish off the Spartans to win the match 3-1.
Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) recorded his first double-double of the season with 21 kills and 11 digs. Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led the team with a career high 35 assists. Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) recorded eight kills in the match, followed by Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) with six, Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) with five, and Logan Krass (Oswego, NY/Oswego) with three. James Zeiger (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) also added eight digs, second highest on the team.
The next match for the men will come next Friday, January 26 as they travel to Elmira to play Thiel at 6:00pm.