Marcy, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball earned their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Pratt Cannoneers 3-0 but falling to the host SUNY Poly Wildcats 3-0.
The Spartans jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first set before Pratt would come back to within two as they trailed 7-5. D'Youville would then go on a 14-4 run to lead 21-9 on their way to a 25-13 first set win.
Down 2-0 to begin the second set, the Spartans would rip off nine of the next 11 points to take a 9-4 lead on Pratt. D'Youville would continue to roll as they would increase their lead to 19-6 and then win the second 25-11.
Pratt played a competitive set in the third as the score was tied 7-7 early. D'Youville would go up by five at 16-11, but the Cannoneers would keep it close as they trailed by three at 21-17. However, the Spartans were too much for Pratt as they won the third set 25-17 and the match 3-0.
Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) led the team with nine kills, followed by Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) with five and Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) with three. Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) tallied 16 assists and seven service aces with Anthony Dean (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) adding five.
In their second match of the day against the host SUNY Poly Wildcats, the Spartans played a highly contested match against their former conference foes. The score was tied 7-7 early before the Wildcats were able to get things going. They led 17-12 and again at 21-18 before D'Youville came back to tie the match at 21. Poly was up 25-24 with a chance to close out the match, but the Spartans answered and then were within a point of closing out the match at 26-25. The Spartans were up again at 29-28, but the Wildcats would score the final two points of the set to win 31-29.
The second set of the match saw the Wildcats lead early before the Spartans tied the match at 10-10 and took the lead at 11-10. Poly would then go on a huge run, scoring 10 of the next 11 points on their way to a 25-16 second set victory.
Similar to the second set, the third started off close between as they were tied a 9-9. Poly would go up by three at 18-15 and then begin to pull away as their lead increased to 22-16. D'Youville was unable to hold off the Wildcats in the third as Poly took the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.
Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) recorded a team high 10 kills with Jauch tallying 20 assists. Dean registered five digs with Matt Marzec (Amherst, NY/Williamsville North) recorded three digs with Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) adding four.
The next match for the men comes on Thursday, February 14 as they travel to Penn State-Behrend to play the Lions at 7:00pm.