Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville men's volleyball team earned their second win of the season over rival Medaille on Wednesday evening, defeating the Mavericks by the final score of 3-2.
Throughout the first set, the Spartans were in control. They led 2-0 and then grew their lead to 9-3. Medaille would then fall behind by 10 at 17-7 before D'Youville would open up a 12-point lead on their way to a 25-17 first set victory.
The second set was more tightly contested between the two teams. D'Youville led 7-6 before Medaille tied it 10-10, but the Spartans began to pull away at 15-13. However Medaille stuck right with D'Youville to trail by one at 15-14, but the Spartans would extend their lead to three at 22-19. The Mavericks would then trail by one at 22-21, but D'Youville would put away the set with the final three points, winning the second set 25-21.
Medaille bounced back in the third set as they took an early 8-4 lead. They maintained their lead despite the Spartans pulling to within one point at 11-10, but the Mavericks were able to pull away again. The lead expanded back to four at 15-11, and eventually 22-16 before Medaille would win the second set 25-18.
Leading 3-1 in the fourth set, the Mavericks would surrender the lead to D'Youville at 7-6 to retake it at 9-8. From that point forward, Medaille would put some major distance between them and the Spartans. They took a 15-13 lead and turned it into a 22-14 advantage as they went on to win the fourth 25-18 and tie the match at 2-2.
D'Youville came out strong in the fifth set, leading 9-3 and seeming to have the match under control. However Medaille rallied as they trailed 13-6 to tie the match at 13-13. The match was tied at 14-14 but the Spartans were able to score the final two points of the match, winning the fifth set 16-14 and the match 3-2.
Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) led the team with 17 kills and nine digs, adding three blocks. Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) added eight kills with a team high six blocks while Logan Krass (Oswego, NY/Oswego) also tallied eight kills with five blocks.
Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) recorded a team high 37 assists and three service aces to go with six digs and four blocks. Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) also had two service aces with Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) each recording two digs. Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Francis) added five kills with James Zeiger (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) contributing four digs. James Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) played in two sets.
The men will be on the road this weekend, playing SUNY Poly this Saturday, March 24 at 12:00pm. They will then travel to Wells on Sunday, March 25 to play the Express as 4:00pm.