Marcy, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team began their 2019 season on Friday afternoon at SUNY Poly with a pair of losses, falling to the Wells Express 3-1 and Nazareth Golden Flyers 3-0.
In the first match of the day, D'Youville suffered a 25-13, 21-25, 25-19, 25-10 loss to their ex-conference opponents, the Wells Express. Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) led the team with seven kills while freshman Joshua Hoy (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island) added six. Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) tallied five kills while Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) recorded 23 assists – a career high. Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) recorded a team high 12 digs.
The second match of the day, the Spartans fell to Nazareth 25-17, 25-13, 25-15. The Golden Flyers jumped out to an early 8-4 lead in the match, but the Spartans pulled to within two points at 13-11, but Nazareth went up 20-12. They closed out the first set with the win, 25-17.
Nazareth was up again by two at 10-8 before growing their lead to seven at 15-8 in the second set. D'Youville would fall behind as the Golden Flyers went on a 10-5 run to close out the second and win 25-13.
It appeared to be a close set in the third as the Spartans trailed by thee at 9-6. However, the Golden Flyers would surge over the next few serves to lead 20-10. Each team would score five more points but Nazareth would take the third 25-15 and the match 3-0.
Khadra led the team with six kills while Stroh recorded four. Jauch tallied 16 assists with Kilijanski totaling three digs and Stroh recording four. Khadra led the team with three blocks.
The next pair of matches for the men will come tomorrow as they face Pratt and SUNY Poly beginning at 11:00am.