Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team suffered two conference losses on Saturday afternoon at Medaille, falling to the Penn State-Altoona Lions and the Wittenberg Tigers 3-0.
D'Youville began the day facing off against the Lions. Altoona went ahead 10-4 quickly in the first set, then extending their lead to 10 at 17-7. They would maintain their sizable advantage over the Spartans, winning the first set 25-14.
Falling behind early in the second, D'Youville trailed 9-3 before coming back to trail by four at 13-9. Down by six again at 20-14, the Spartans would go on a run to tie the set 21-21. The two teams would continue to battle as they were tied still at 24-24, but the Lions would close out the second with a 26-24 set win.
A hot start got the Spartans out to a 5-1 lead in the third, but Altoona would go on to score the next 10 points to lead 11-5. D'Youville would come back to within four at 12-8, but the Lions would dominate the rest of the way to win the third set 25-17 and the match 3-0.
Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca) led the way with eight kills with Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) tallying seven. Anthony Dean (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) tallied six kills with seven digs – tied with Bochacki for the team lead. Evan Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) led the way with 13 assists while Troy Stancampiano (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) added six digs.
In the second match of the day against Wittenberg, the Spartans fell behind 8-3 in the first set. D'Youville would fight back to trail by two at 12-10 and then one at 16-15, eventually taking the lead at 20-19. From that point, the Tigers would score six unanswered points to win the first set 25-20.
The second set began well again for Wittenberg with a quick 4-0 advantage. The four-point deficit remained at 12-8 and then again at 18-14 and 20-16. D'Youville would roll out three consecutive points to make it a three-point deficit at 22-19, but the next three points of the set would be scored by the Tigers as they took the second 25-19.
In the third, the Tigers went ahead early and didn't look back. After going up 7-2, they increased their lead to 15-8 and then 20-8 before winning the third set 25-11 and the match 3-0.
Six different player tallied multiple digs in the match, led by Kilijanski with four. Bochacki recorded a team high 10 kills with Kilijanski and Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) posting five. Oliver had a team high 21 assists as well.
The next match for the men comes next Saturday, March 9 as they host Keuka at 3:00pm.