Hiram, OH – The D'Youville men's volleyball team played a pair of dramatic matches on Saturday afternoon as they fell to the Geneva Golden Tornados 3-2 and defeated the host Hiram Terriers 3-2.
Geneva opened up the first match of the day with a 12-6 lead in the first set. They increased their lead to 20-10 before they would go on to win the first 25-14. The second set saw the Spartans rebound to lead at 11-10 and again at 18-17 as the teams went back-and-forth. With the lead shifting back in favor of the Golden Tornados at 23-22, the Spartans would score the final three points of the set to win 25-23.
D'Youville went ahead 9-7 in the third before Geneva would rattle off seven consecutive points to lead 14-7. The Spartans would respond in a big way to come back and tie the set at 14-14, but the Golden Tornados would pour in on late to win the third 25-19. On the verge of losing the match, D'Youville would step up in the fourth to take a big 12-5 lead. The men were ahead 21-12 before Geneva was able to come back and trail by three at 23-20. However, the Spartans would close out the set to win 25-20 and move the match to a deciding fifth set.
The lead was in favor of the Spartans early at 4-2, but the Golden Tornados would then score eight of the next nine points to lead 10-5. Trailing by three at 13-10, D'Youville was unable to keep Geneva from taking the match as they took the fifth 15-10 and the match 3-2.
Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) and Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) led the team with 11 kills each and Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) registered a team high 13 digs. Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) tallied 35 assists as he, Stroh, and Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) each recorded two service aces each.
To begin the second match, the Spartans fell behind early and were unable to recover as Hiram took the first 25-13. The two teams would then battle each other closely in the second. Tied at 17-17, the duel continued as the score was again tied at 24, 25, and 26. D'Youville was then able to score the final two points of the match and win the second 28-26.
With a second set victory in hand, the Spartans took a 12-6 lead in the third. The Terriers would come back to trail by just two at 18-16 and then one at 22-21, but D'Youville was able to close out the third with a 25-22 victory. In the fourth, the score was tied at 15-15 before Hiram went on a 7-1 run to lead 22-16. The next six points would be split at 3-3, but the Terriers would win the fourth 25-19 and tie the match at 2-2.
The battle continued between the two teams into the fifth as it was tied at 10-10. With the match to be won at 15 points, D'Youville led 14-13 before Hiram would force extra points as it was tied 15-15. Hiram would then come within a point of winning the set and the match five times, but the Spartans would respond each and every time. Tied at 23-23, D'Youville would finally put the match to bed with the final two points to win the fifth 25-23 and the match 3-2.
Stroh led the team with 22 kills in the match – a season high. Both Bochacki and Kilijanski tallied 13 a piece while Khadra recorded nine. MacDowell led the team again with 12 digs as Stroh and Kilijanski each tallied 11 and recorded double-doubles. Jauch had a career high 52 assists with Khadra recording nine blocks.
Evan Oliver (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville South), Anthony Dean (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Falls), Joshua Hoy (Grand Island, NY/Grand Island)), Matt Marzec (Amherst, NY/Williamsville North), and Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Francis) all contributed to the team's third conference win.
The next match for the Spartans will come this Wednesday, April 3 as they travel to Thiel to play the Tomcats at 7:00pm.