Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team fell to the Penn State-Behrend Lions on Wednesday evening by the final score of 3-0.
D'Youville appeared to be in control of the first set as they held a 9-7 lead. Behrend then tied the score at 10-10, but the Spartans would pull away to lead 19-13. However the Lions started to chip away at their deficit and eventually took over the lead at 21-20. Down the stretch, Behrend outscored D'Youville 14-6 as they won the first set 27-25.
The Lions carried their strong finish from the first set into the second as they never trailed against the Spartans. They led 6-2 before D'Youville closed the gap to trail 11-9. Behrend would then go on a scoring run where they went up 18-11, but then their lead evaporated again to be up two over the Spartans. Four of the final five points that were scored in the second came from the Lions and they won the second set 25-20.
Doing their best to keep the match alive, D'Youville battled Behrend early and the two teams were tied at 10-10 in the third. The Spartans began to pull away from the Lions, getting out to a 19-13 lead. As the set went on, Behrend was able to chip away and tie the match at 21-21 and then go ahead 23-22. They then scored two of the final three points in the match to win the third set 25-23 and the match 3-0.
Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and James Zeiger (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) each recorded a team high 10 digs in the match. Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led the team with 28 assists, adding nine digs. Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) had a team high 14 kills with eight digs while Bochacki added six kills.
Logan Krass (Oswego, NY/Oswego) had nine kills while Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) added six kills and two blocks. Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Francis) added five kills and Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) tallied five digs. Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) played two sets for the Spartans.
The men will wrap up their regular season this Saturday, March 31 as they host Wilson at 11:00am and Penn State-Altoona at 1:00pm.