LANGHORNE, Pa. – No. 15 New Paltz (17-11) added an important non-conference win to its resume, knocking off No. 7 Philadelphia Biblical University, 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21), on Tuesday.
Philadelphia Biblical led New Platz in kills 32-29, but the Crimson Eagles were hampered by 23 attack errors in 82 swings, settling for a .110 hitting percentage. Meanwhile, the Hawks committed just 12 attack errors all match in 64 total attempts, ending the evening with a .266 hitting percentage.
Philadelphia Biblical collected five service aces compared to New Paltz’s three, but the Hawks outblocked the Crimson Eagles by a 6-4 margin.
Junior middle blocker Kevin Stross and junior opposite Mike Van Tyne each had a team-high nine kills for New Paltz, hitting .533 and .278, respectively. Senior outside hitter Keith MacDonald chipped in with eight kills. As the primary setter, senior Andrew Cassius distributed 25 assists and logged four digs, while junior libero/defensive specialist Michael Dauernheim led the back row with a team-high five digs. Van Tyne led the front row on the defensive front with a match-high three block assists.
Philadelphia Biblical’s attack was led by Justin Brubaker, the NCAA Division III leader in kills per set. Brubaker landed 19 kills and compiled a hitting percentage of .250. Drew Dillon handed out a match-high 29 assists, and Brubaker added a match-high seven digs. Ethan Mawhinney keyed the Crimson Eagles’ blocking efforts with a match-high three block assists.