New Paltz Athletics
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – A lights-out team effort on the attack allowed the No. 15 State University of New York at New Paltz men’s volleyball team (7-7) to take down non-conference Hunter College (8-9) in straight sets, as the host Hawks prevailed, 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-20), Tuesday evening in the Hawk Center.
Tuesday’s match served as a make-up contest from Jan. 18. That match, which was supposed to be the season opener for New Paltz, was postponed due to wintery weather.
None of the three sets were ever in question for the blue and orange, as it used just eight players in the straight-set sweep. New Paltz hit consistently throughout, attacking at a .400 clip in the first set, a .409 clip in the second set and a .348 clip in the third set.
Junior opposite Mike Van Tyne led New Paltz with a match-high 13 kills and tallied just three errors in 20 swings for a .500 hitting percentage. Van Tyne also boasted a strong line that included three consecutive service aces in the second set, a match-high five digs and three block assists. Freshman setter Misa Garo assumed the setting duties and handed out a match-high 32 assists, while junior middle blocker Kevin Strossenjoyed a strong match with a .545 hitting percentage (seven kills and one error in 11 total attempts) and added two block solos and two block assists. Garo also helped out defensively with five digs.
For Hunter, Eric Barty scored 11 points off 11 kills, while Stanley Martinez dished out 26 assists. Braien Otsla had four digs, while Marcin Polak boasted one block solo and two block assists.