Sixth-ranked Stevens earns four-set victory against No. 12 Vassar
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- No. 6 Stevens took down United Volleyball Conference rival No. 12 Vassar 3-1 in Canavan Arena on Wednesday. Stevens, led by three players with double-digit kills, is now 2-2 on the season after its first match of the 2013 season.
After a shaky first set in which Stevens lost 27-25, the Ducks rolled past Vassar 25-13, 25-18, 25-15, to complete the victory and first conference win of the season.
Leading the way for the Ducks was junior Ryan Seifert, who picked up a double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs a piece. Seifert hit at a .304 clip in three sets played and recorded 15 points in the four-set affair.
Senior Thomas Hannum and junior David Evans also eclipsed double-digit kills. Hannum registered 10, while Evans recorded 14. Both players also hit above .500 in the match and combined for nine digs in four sets.
Sophomore Kevin Aeckerle handed out a match-high and season-best 50 assists in the victory to go along with five digs. Aeckerle totaled all but four of the team's assists as the Ducks hit .465 overall.
Four other players for Stevens added four-plus kills and hit more than .571. Senior Jake Modestow recorded a perfect hitting percentage with five kills and six total blocks, while sophomore Etan Bennett went 4 of 5 in kills. Senior James Mataras posted a .667 hitting percentage with four kills, and sophomore Ian Tyger also chipped in four more and hit .571.
The Ducks reached 12-plus kills in each set and never hit below .370 as a team (.652 in second set, .480 in third).