Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville men's volleyball team picked up a huge conference win on Wednesday night, defeating the Penn State-Behrend Lions by the final score of 3-2.
Behrend went up early 4-1, increasing their lead to 10-5 over the next several minutes. D'Youville came back to trail by one at 16-15 and then tied the set at 24-24 before the Lions would go on to win the first 26-24.
Following a 7-7 beginning to the second set, the Lions would score 13 of the next 16 points to go up over the Spartans 20-10. Behrend would maintain their 10-point advantage through to the end of the second to win 25-15, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.
D'Youville gather themselves in the third set to lead 8-6. The Lions would overtake the Spartans to lead by four at 20-16, but the men would storm back to tie the set at 21-21. Tied again at 23-23, D'Youville would score the final two points of the third to win the set 25-23 and trail 2-1 in the match.
Tied again at 6-6 in the fourth, D'Youville continued to play well and opened up a 12-8 lead. The Spartans continued to hold the lead as the Lions threaten, trailing by two at 20-18. They then scored the next two points to extend their advantage to 23-18 and would go on to win the fourth 25-22, tying the match at 2-2.
The Lions came out aggressive in the fifth and took a huge 10-2 lead. D'Youville would then score eight of the next 11 points to trail 13-10. They continued to fight back, scoring the next five points as D'Youville scored the final eight points in the match to win 15-13 in the fifth and the match 3-2.
Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led the team with 17 kills. Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) was second on the team with 11 kills, adding 13 digs for a double-double. Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) recorded a team high 40 assists with 11 digs for a double-double of his own.
Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) added 11 digs while Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) had eight kills and five blocks. Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) led the team with seven blocks and added five kills. Evan Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) played all five sets with one kill and five digs as Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Francis) had six kills and three blocks. James Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South) and Anthony Dean (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls) played valuable minutes for the men.
D'Youville will next travel to Hiram this Saturday, March 30 to take on Geneva and Hiram, beginning at 12:00pm.