Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team hosted their second quad-match in as many weekends as they were defeated by the Geneva Golden Tornadoes 3-1 in the first match of the day and defeated the Hiram Terriers 3-2 in the second match on Saturday.
D'Youville went toe-to-toe with the undefeated Golden Tornadoes in the first set of match one of the day. They led Geneva 6-9 and then increased their advantage to six at 16-10 later in the set. The Golden Tornadoes would then score eight of the next nine points to take a one-point lead over the Spartans. Geneva would then show why they are the top team in the AMCC, closing out the first set on a 15-6 run to win 25-22.
Another close set ensued in the second with Geneva lead by one at 10-9. That lead grew to four but the Spartans were able to trim down their deficit to two at 17-15 and then take over the lead with five consecutive points at 20-19. Both teams continued to battle, but D'Youville was stronger down the stretch as they took the second 25-22 and tied the match at 1-1
The two teams were tied at 8-8 in the third before Geneva would open up at four-point lead at 15-11. D'Youville would fall behind further, trailing by five at 20-15. From that point on, Geneva would turn it on at they won the third set 25-17.
Despite down by just two at 7-5 early, the fourth set went in favor of Golden Tornadoes. A 14-5 advantage grew to 19-9 and 22-10 before Geneva the match had ended as the Spartans fell in their first match of the day 25-17 and Geneva took the match 3-2.
Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led the team with 12 kills in match. Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) added 11 kills with Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) recording nine kills as well with Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) tallying a career high 41 assists. Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) led the way with 13 digs as well. Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) chipped in with six kills.
The Spartans were the better team early in their second match of the day against Hiram. They led 11-4 before the Terriers would score four of the next five to trail 12-9. That lead would continue to evaporate as Hiram was within two, but that was the closest the Terriers would come to the Spartan's lead in the first as D'Youville went on to win the first 25-20.
Hiram came right back to lead 12-6 in the second. They would increase their six-point lead to eight at 16-8, but it would come back down to four at 18-14. D'Youville would be outscored 7-3 the rest of the way in the second as they fell 25-17 and the match was tied at 1-1.
With a 9-6 advantage in the third, the lead returned to the Spartans as they attempted to regain control of the match. However the Terriers would retake the lead with a 15-13, but the score would then become tied at 19-19. Hiram would continue to push to lead 22-20 and then win the third 25-22 for a 2-1 match lead.
Determined to stay alive, the Spartans fought hard in the fourth. They fell behind 11-7 but came back to take the lead at 13-12. That lead increased to three at 19-16 as D'Youville would tally six of the final nine points in the fourth to win 25-19 and tie the match 2-2.
After falling behind 2-0, the Spartans went on a five-point run to lead 5-2 in the fifth and final set. The score then went up to 9-4 before the lead shrunk to three at 11-8 with the Terriers charging hard. However, D'Youville scored the final four points in the match to close out the fifth set 15-8 and win the match 3-2.
Kilijanski led the team with 15 kills while Khadra added 11; tied with Danny Steck (Lackawanna, NY/St. Francis) for second on the team. Both James Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) and Evan Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) played important roles in the comeback win while Jauch topped his previous career high set in the first match of the day by two with 43 assists.
Anthony Dean (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) came up big in the fifth set, tallying six kills in the match. MacDowell led the team with 18 digs with Stroh adding five kills and 11 digs as Bochacki had four kills and four blocks. Bochacki's four blocks were second on the team only to Steck's seven.
The next match for the men will come this Wednesday, February 27 as they play at conference rival Medaille at 7:00pm.