Elmira, NY - The D'Youville men's volleyball team lost their opening match at Elmira this weekend against the Thiel Tomcats by the final of 3-2.
The Spartans went up early over the Tomcats with a 25-22 win in the first set. However Thiel came back with scores of 25-13 and 25-18 in the second and third sets to take a 2-1 lead. D'Youville fought to keep the match alive with a 25-21 victory in the third set. It was very close in the fifth with the Tomcats narrowly edging out the Spartans with a 15-12 victory for a 3-2 match win.
Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) led the offense with 23 kills, followed by Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) with 12 kills. Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) recorded a team high 39 assists and second on the team with seven digs, one behind James Zeiger (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) with a team high eight digs.
The next two matches for the Spartans will come tomorrow, Saturday, January 27 as they play Elmira at 11:00am and Cairn at 1:00pm.