Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team earned their first conference win of the season on Sunday afternoon by defeating the rival Medaille Mavericks by the final of 3-2.
Medaille and D'Youville traded points in the first set of the match as the two teams were tied 8-8 early. After taking a 13-11 lead, the Mavericks would go up 17-11 and never look back as they won the first set 25-21.
A11-10 advantage gave the Spartans their first lead of the second set, but the Mavericks then went up 17-14 several points later. Medaille continued to hold a lead over D'Youville until the Spartans tied the match and took the lead at 22-21. Tied at 23, D'Youville would score the final two points of the set and win 25-23.
D'Youville fell behind 9-6 in the third before they scored four unanswered points to lead 10-9. After going back up by one at 11-10, the Spartans ran away with the match. They led 19-12 and eventually won the second set 25-19, taking a 2-1 lead in the match.
Facing a loss by dropping the fourth set, Medaille overcame trailing several times in the fourth set keep the match alive. Falling behind 15-13 and then within one points of losing at 24-23, the Mavericks grinded out a 29-27 fourth set victory to force a fifth and deciding set.
Both teams battled in the fifth, but it was the Spartans who were able to break the deadlock. Tied at 5-5, D'Youville would take the lead and never give it back. Medaille would pull close to the Spartans by trailing 13-12, but the Mavericks would surrender the final two points as D'Youville won the set 15-12 and the match 3-2.
The team had two players record double-doubles in the match. Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) had a team high 12 digs to go with 11 kills while Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) tallied 18 kills and 11 digs. Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) had 10 kills and six blocks. Logan Krass (Oswego, NY/Oswego) had nine kills with three service aces and three blocks.
Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) had a career high 48 assists in the win, with a career high seven kills from Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Francis). James Zeiger (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) had eight digs as Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) and Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) combined for three.
The next match for the men comes in several weeks as they head to Nazareth on Saturday, March 3. They will play Elmira at 12:00pm before the play Nazareth at 4:00pm.