D'Youville Volleyball Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive with Saturday Split

D'Youville Volleyball Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive with Saturday Split

Buffalo, NY – The D'Youvlle men's volleyball team went 1-1 Saturday afternoon to keep their NEAC playoff hopes alive, defeating the Wilson Phoenix 3-2 and losing to the Penn State-Altoona Lions 3-1.

D'Youville never trailed in the first set against Wilson. After taking a 9-6 lead, they grew their lead into a 16-11 advantage and then 23-16 on their way to a 25-19 first set victory.

Wilson came back to a strong performance in the second set. They led 13-10 and then went ahead 18-13. Leading 21-17, the Phoenix surrendered five of six points to the Spartans and the set was tied 22-22. Tied at 24-24, Wilson was able to fight off D'Youville and take the final two points and win the second set 26-24.

The Spartans bounced back in the third in dominating fashion. Out to a 13-7 lead, D'Youville turned it on and took a commanding 19-9 advantage. They then closed out the third to win 25-16 and take a 2-1 match lead.

Both teams went back and forth in the fourth set. Wilson led 11-8 with D'Youville then taking the lead at 13-12. Trailing 21-20, the Spartans would surrender the next four points to the Phoenix and lose the fourth set 25-20 as the teams went to a deciding fifth set.

Tied at 4-4 in the fifth, the Spartans began to pull away from Wilson. They went up 9-6 and then 13-9 before they would take the fifth set 15-11 and the match 3-2.

Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) had an outstanding match with 20 kills and eight digs. Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) recorded a double-double with 11 kills and a team high 13 digs while Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) nearly recorded a double-double with 48 assists and nine digs. James Zeiger (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) added nine digs as well with Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) tallying nine.

Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) recorded 11 kills with two service aces and Logan Krass (Oswego, NY/Oswego) contributed eight kills. Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) tallied seven digs and Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Francis) had three kills.

In the second match of the day against Altoona, the Spartans played close first set with the Lions. It was tied 13-13 before Altoona went on a 12-4 run to close out the first set and win 25-17.

D'Youville responded in the second with a quick 6-0 lead that grew to 10-5. The Lions fought back to trail by one at 13-12, but the Spartans pulled away on their way to a 25-21 second set victory.

The third was again a close set with the two teams tied 11-11 mid-way through. D'Youville went ahead 17-15 before the Lions scored four consecutive points to go up 19-17. That run continued to the end of the third as the Lions defeated D'Youville to take a 25-21 third set win and a 2-1 lead in the match.

After again getting out to a quick lead in the fourth, D'Youville couldn't hold off the Lions as they went up 12-9 over the Spartans. From that point on, D'Youville was just unable to get their footing in the match and get a share of the lead. Altoona took their lead to the end, winning the fourth set 25-21 and the match 3-1.

Stroh again led the team in kills, this time with 15. MacDowell and Zeiger led the way with eight kills each and Kilijanski had a team high 39 assists. Bochacki tallied eight kills in the second match of the day while Khadra had seven.