Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team host match three of five for the week, falling to the Thiel Tomcats Tuesday evening by the final score of 3-1.
It was a back-and-forth first set to begin the match. The set was tied 11-11 before D'Youville would go up 13-12. After that point, Thiel would go on a run, outscoring the Spartans 12-2 to take a commanding 24-15. The Tomcats would go on to win the first set 25-17.
Thiel would again take control of the set, this time much earlier as they led 5-4 and went ahead 11-5. D'Youville would not go away quietly, coming back to trail by two at 19-17 before the Tomcats would score six of the next seven points to win the second set 25-18.
Refusing to surrender, the Spartans put forth their best effort of the match in the third. Another back and forth series, D'Youville went ahead 14-13 and then 17-14. Thiel would come back to tie it up at 20-20, but the Spartans continued to play hard as they would win the third set 25-23.
Tied at 4-4 in the fourth, the Tomcats would take off to lead 12-6 over the Spartans. D'Youville would put up a fight, but Thiel was too strong as they would go on to win the fourth set 25-13 and the match 3-1.
Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) led the team with 11 kills in the match. Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) added eight kills with seven digs and three blocks. Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) tallied a team high four blocks with five kills and a team high two service aces. Evan Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) registered 29 assists in the match while Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) recorded eight digs.
The next par of matches for the men will come this Saturday, February 23 as they host Geneva at 10:00am and Hiram at 4:00pm. Medaille will also be playing on Saturday as the Spartans host their second quad-match in as many weekends.