Depew, NY - Wednesday, May 1 marked a day of celebration and recognition for all of D'Youville's student-athletes at the yearly Athletics Awards Banquet at Salvatore's Hospitality.
Head coach Hans Schroeder, assistant coach Collin McMahon, and graduate assistant Travis Wright presented the awards to their D'Youville men's volleyball team.
For the second consecutive season, sophomore Danny Steck (Lancaster, NY/St. Francis) was the recipient of the Most Improved Player award. Steck continued to develop this game this season, setting a new career high in blocks by 17 despite playing in one less match. He only fell four kills shy of breaking his career high in kills and set a new career high in digs.
After missing the beginning of the season with an injury, Danny started 15 of the final 17 matches of the season with four or more kills in seven of those matches. In his first match back from injury he recorded a season high 11 kills and seven blocks. He will be a big part of the team moving forward.
Senior middle blocker Zac Bochacki (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) finished out his career with a strong performance and posted his best season yet. Zac set career highs in kills and blocks this season and was a major net presence for the men. He ranked second on the team in blocks (66) and blocks/set (0.69) as well as fourth in kills (145) and hitting percentage (.115).
Bochacki had 14 matches of five-plus kills, including five matches in which he recorded double-digit kills. Showcasing his importance on the defensive side of the ball, Bochacki tallied 19 matches of recording two blocks or more. As a senior this season, Zac served as the team captain. The Spartan Award represents a player who exemplifies teamwork, passion and a dedication to their team.
Winning the Most Valuable Player award was the team's most versatile player, senior Ryan Kilijanski (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West). Ryan led the team in kills (211), was second in kills/set (2.18), digs (158), and service aces (23), third in digs/set (1.63), and fifth in blocks (26). This season Kilijanski tallied a career high in kills as he had 11 matches of double-digit kills and 21 matches of five or more.
Ryan recorded a team high five double-doubles and tallied double-digit digs in six matches with 16 matches of five or more digs. In his final seven conference matches of the season, Ryan averaged over 11 kills/match and had two double-doubles. Kilijanski finished his career playing three different positions in Libero, setter, and outside hitter and was the team's most consistent player the entire season.
(Pictured from left to right: Bochacki, Kilijanski, Steck)