Spartans Suffer Two Loses in Road Finale

Spartans Suffer Two Loses in Road Finale

Springfield, OH – The D'Youville men's volleyball team suffered a pair of conference losses on Saturday afternoon, losing to the Penn State-Altoona Lions and Wittenberg Tigers 3-0.

Against Altoona in the first match of the day, the two teams battled very closely in the first set. Tied at 11-11, the Spartans would score four consecutive points to take a 15-11 advantage before the Lions came back to tie it at 16-16. The set remained tied at 22-22 before Altoona would score the final three points to win the first 25-22.

Altoona carried a slight lead in the second set as they were ahead over D'Youville 13-11. The Spartans would tie it at 14-14, but the Lions would get hot and go ahead 23-16 before going on to win the second set 25-18.

Much like the first two sets, the third was very close to begin. The Lions went up 11-9 before D'Youville would go up 13-11. The lead would shift back in favor of Altoona as they led 15-13 and then 20-15. Altoona would then close out the match with a 25-19 third set victory and a 3-0 match win.

Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led the team with 10 kills and seven digs. Pat Stroh (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg), Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West), and Chance MacDowell (Bloomfield, NY/Bloomfield) all had six digs in the match with Ali Khadra (Williamsville, NY/Williamsville East) tallying a team high four blocks.

Karl Jauch (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) led the team with 21 assists with Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Joe's) adding four kills. Three different players registered one service ace.

In match number two, the Spartans battled closely with one of the best teams in the AMCC. D'Youville was out in front early in the first with a 7-4 lead. The set would move to a 14-14 before the Spartans pulled ahead again at 18-16. Despite Wittenberg going ahead 22-20, D'Youville fought back to trail 23-22 before the Tigers scored the final two points of the set to win 25-22.

Wittenberg led early in the second at 5-1, but the Spartans would fight back to tie the set at 11-11. From that point on, the Tigers would take control of the set to pull ahead 20-16, 23-17, and then on to win the set 25-21.

For the third consecutive set, the teams played an even set early. Tied at 9-9, Wittenberg went ahead 17-10, extending their lead to 10 at 23-10. They would then close out the match following a D'Youville comeback with a 25-18 and the match 3-0.

Kilijanski again led the team in kills and digs with 10 and seven respectively. Stroh added eight kikks while Khadra tallied five and a team high three blocks. Jauch registered 26 assists with Steck recording four kills.

D'Youville will close out their 2019 season this Wednesday, April 10 as they host Medaille at 7:00pm for the team's senior game.