Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 2 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Italian Garden.
Head coach Han Schroeder and assistant coach Bryan Proch presented the awards to the D'Youville men's volleyball team.
The team's Most Valuable Player Award went to junior outside hitter Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) after an incredible season. Not only was Pat named a NEAC First Team All-Conference selection, but he was named an AMCC First Team All-Conference selection and Co-AMCC Player of the Year. He was one of the best players in two conferences and the best Spartan throughout the season, leading the team in kills (298), kills/set (3.68), digs (151), digs/set (1.86) while ranking second in hitting percentage (.254) and service aces (28) - also tying for first in service aces/set (0.35).
Stroh had 15 matches of double-digit kills, including three matches of 20 or more kills. He also had five matches of double-digit digs with four double-doubles. At season's end in the NEAC, Pat finished third in kills, second in kills/set, and tied for seventh in service aces. In the AMCC he finished Pat finished second in kills, first in kills/set, and second in service aces, and tied for second in service aces/set. He never failed to record a kill or dig in a match this season and had at least five kills in every match.
Junior outside hitter Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) earned the team's Spartan Award for leadership and on the court play.The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
Zac was a key contributor to the men throughout the season. Not only was he the team captain, but his performance on the court was a major piece of a growing team. Bochacki was third on the team in kills/set (1.62), kills (136), digs/set (1.38), digs (116), blocks/set (0.44), and blocks (37). Zac made his presence known all over the court and that led to a career year with highs in kills, service aces, digs, and assists.
Taking home the Most Improved Player award was freshman right side/outside hitter Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Francis) who came on later in the season to add a spark to the team. Danny's presence boosted the team in the second half of the season where he started seven matches. In four of those matches, the team picked up a victory.
After playing in just two of the first seven matches of his freshman season, Steck began to see increased playing time and turned that into production. By season's end, Danny finished fifth in kills (58), kills/set (0.97), and hitting percentage (0.25). In the four of the six wins the team earned during the second half of the season, Steck totaled five or more kills. His improvement made a greater impact on the team and their overall win total.
(Pictured from left to right: Coach Proch, Bochacki, Stroh, Steck, Coach Scrhoeder)