Spartans Fall in Hard Fought Battle

Spartans Fall in Hard Fought Battle

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.