Buffalo, NY – The D'Youville men's volleyball team registered their first win of March on Saturday afternoon by defeating the Keuka Wolfpack by the final score 3-2.
The first set was tightly contested between the former NEAC rivals. D'Youville led 10-8 before Keuka would come back and tie the set at 15-15. The Spartans would then take a 20-17 lead before the Wolfpack would regain some momentum and go ahead 23-22. Luckily for the Spartans, they were able to close out the set with three consecutive points to win the first 25-23.
In the second set, Keuka was able to take the early lead at 11-8. That lead grew to four at 15-11 and the Wolfpack would roll on their way to a 25-15 second set victory.
Another close set ensued in the third as the two teams were tied at 9-9 early. D'Youville would begin to pick up steam after the teams were tied at 12-12 as they scored six unanswered points for an 18-12 advantage. The six-point lead the Spartans would build up would be cut in half as they led 23-20 near the end of the set, but the men would close out the third with the final two points to win 25-20 and take a 2-1 match lead.
Keuka held an 8-3 lead in the fourth, but the Spartans would come roaring back to tie the match at 9-9. The Wolfpack were able to go back up by three at 16-13 but six of the next seven points would be scored by D'Youville with the Spartans going ahead by two at 19-17. Going on a scoring run of their own, Keuka would tally eight of the next 11 points as they won the fourth set 25-22 to force a deciding fifth set.
As the fifth began, the Wolfpack fell behind 2-1 and then would not trail again until 9-8. Unfortunately for Keuka, that slight lead was enough to get the Spartans going as they would close out the fifth on a run, winning the set 15-11 and the match 3-2.
Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) led the team with 12 kills and four blocks while Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs. Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) tallied a team high 16 digs with Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) recording a team high 24 assists and Evan Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) totaling 21.
Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) registered nine kills as Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) added nine and Anthony Dean (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) chipped in with six. Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Francis) totaled three kills and seven digs with Matt Marzec (Amherst, NY/Williamsville North) recording one service ace. Troy Stancampiano (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) played well in limited minutes.
The next match for the men comes next Friday, March 15 as they play Rutgers-Newark at Elmira. They then will face MIT and Elmira at Elmira on Saturday.