WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 15 State University of New York at New Paltz men’s volleyball team (18-11) had little trouble dispatching the University of New Haven (5-12) in straight sets Thursday night, defeating the Chargers, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-23), at Charger Gymnasium in a non-conference match.
New Haven hit .000 on the match, landing 20 kills and piling up 20 attack errors on 71 total attempts. New Paltz, meanwhile, hit .295 off 36 kills and 13 errors in 78 total attempts. The Chargers outblocked the Hawks by a 4-3 margin, but New Paltz overwhelmed New Haven off the serve with 10 service aces, three of which came from freshman setter Brian Smith.
Offensively, freshman middle blocker/opposite Brian O’Connor led the way for the Hawks with 12 kills and three attack errors in 19 total attempts (.474 hitting percentage). Freshman setter Misa Garo handed out a match-high 33 assists, while freshman outside hitter Victor Tuminelli and O’Connor tied for the team-high in digs with five. Smith, junior defensive specialist/libero Michael Dauernheim and junior defensive specialist Ramius Pruiss also fortified the defense with four digs each. Senior middle blocker Jonathan Van Dyke finished the match with one block solo and one block assist, keying the team’s blocking efforts.
For New Haven, Ben Hollies had eight kills, while Ryan Earl dished out 20 assists. Hollies provided a match-high six digs and added three service aces, while Joshua Mainetti came up with two block assists.