Elmira, NY- The D'Youville men's volleyball team fell to Rutgers-Newark on Friday night, losing 3-2.
In the first set, the Spartans kept up with the Raiders through the score of 5-6. After a kill by Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/ West Seneca West) to make the score 7-11, continuous errors led to the Raiders to take over the game. With the score being 7-16 Rutgers-Newark, the teams began to trade points back and forth. D'Youville could not make up the deficit and fell 15-25 in set one.
Game two of the match was not like the first with the Spartans leading the whole set. The team started off stron leading 3-0 to start the game and never looked back. With a block by Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/ Starpoint), Bochaki and Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/ Hamburg), D'Youville would then go on to capitalize on a error by the Raiders to get their largest lead of the game at 11-7. With Rutgers-Newark fighting back to get the score to 20-23 D'Youville, the three-point deficit would be as close as they would come before the Spartans finished them off at 25-21.
The third game was much like the first. The teams went back and forth, but D'Youville could never make the comeback they needed being behind 4-7, 9-11, and 13-20 until they fell 16-25.
The fourth set was much more of a nail biter than the previous three. D'Youville would go on to have the lead the whole game once again, but Rutgers-Newark was fighting much harder than in game two. Being up 7-5, the Raiders would go on to tie it at 7-7 before the Spartans would go on to extend their lead 13-10. The Raiders would go on to tie up the score at 14-14 one more time but that was all D'Youville would give them. D'Youville would go up 21-16 before finishing up the set 25-22.
In the final set of the match, the Raiders would get a 4-0 jump over the Spartans. After D'Youville made it 2-6, Rutgers-Newark would go on a five-point run to make it 2-11. The Spartans tried coming back but would unfortunately go down 7-15.
Stroh and Ryan Kilijanski (Lewiston, NY/ West Seneca West) led the squad with 10 kills apiece. Stroh would add a serving ace, nine digs and two assists; while Kilijanski added three digs and an ace. Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/ Williamsville East) and Bochaki followed with six kills and three blocks each. Jauch and Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/ St/ Francis) also earned three kills each. Juach got 32 assists as well along with nine digs
The Spartans come back to action Saturday, March 16 at 12 PM and 2 PM before the host a tri-match with Nazareth and Daemen on Friday, March 22.