Buffalo, NY– The D'Youville men's volleyball team traveled across town to face the Medaille Mavericks, falling in three sets 17-25, 9-25, and 12-25.
The Spartans held the first set close but could not capitalize when they had the service. After being down 14-23, the team tried to make a comeback with three consecutive points but would end up falling 17-25.
During the second set, D'Youville could not get into a rhythm. Going back and forth with the score of 5-10, the Mavericks capitalized on the energy and momentum and would to go on multiple scoring runs. The Spartans could not do the same and went on to fall 9-25.
The final set was much like the first. Both teams kept the score close returning points. Unfortunately, D'Youville would not be abel to hold onto the close game. After having a score of 6-7 Mavs, the next closest score the team could get was 10-14. Medaille would go on to winning the set 12-25 and the set 3-0.
Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg) led the Spartans with five kills. Stroh added one assist, block and dig. Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/ Williamsville East) was right behind with four kills and a team high three blocks. Evan Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) led with seven assists and added two digs. Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/ Starpoint) also helped the team with six assists and three digs. Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/ West Seneca West) and Ryan Kilijanski (Lewiston, NY/ West Seneca West) both added two kills. Bochacki also had three digs, while Kilijanski added five.
D'Youville next sees action on Saturday, March 2 when they head back to Medaille for a quad match. The squad faces Penn St.-Altoona at 1 pm and Wittenberg at 2 pm. The Spartans will then head back to the College Center to face Keuka on Saturday, March 9 at 3 pm.