Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team suffered their second conference loss of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Lancaster Bible Chargers by the final score of 3-0.
Lancaster Bible never trailed in the first set. They got out to a quick 4-0 lead before going up 12-5. The Chargers lead began to grow as it went up to 10 at 19-9 and eventually the team went on to take the first set 25-14.
The entirety of the second set was extremely close between the two teams. Tied at 4-4 before the Spartans went ahead 9-7, but Lancaster Bible tied it up at 13 all. The Chargers then went up 16-13, but D'Youville would then rally themselves to take a 22-19 advantage. The Spartans were within one point of taking the second set six different times, including when they led 29-28. However Lancaster Bible then scored the final three points of the set to win 31-29 and take a 2-0 match lead.
D'Youville was out in front to begin the third at 5-3 and then again at 9-8. The Chargers then took control with a three-point lead at 12-9, but the Spartans came back to tie it at 15-15. Trailing by three at 22-19, the Spartans again got to a one point deficit at 23-22, but Lancaster Bible would score the final two points of the set to win the third 25-22 and the match 3-0.
Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) and Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led the team with three digs each with Kilijanski also recording a team high 23 assists. Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) had a team high nine kills, followed by Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) with six and Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) with five.
The next match for the team comes tomorrow, Saturday, March 18 as they host Saint Elizabeth at 1:00pm.