Second-ranked New Paltz State stages comeback to beat No. 6 Nazareth
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After hitting just .083 in the first set, No. 2 New Paltz State poured on the offense against No. 6 Nazareth, beating the Golden Flyers, 3-1 (15-25, 25-7, 25-16, 25-23), on the second and final day of the first United Volleyball Conference Crossover of the season Sunday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
New Paltz was hampered by six attacking errors and floored just eight kills in the first stanza, while Nazareth hit .417. The lopsided second set score came from a -.400 (2-10-20) hitting percentage from the Golden Flyers and a sterling .667 (8-0-12) hitting percentage for the Hawks.
Nazareth's offense regained footing in the third set, but the New Paltz attack continued to hum along at an efficient rate, as the Hawks hit .632 (13-1-19). Finally, in a fourth set that saw both teams combine for 57 total attacks, New Paltz surged late on the strength of three terminations from sophomore middle blocker Christopher Husmann.
New Paltz hit .341 for the match, while Nazareth hit .170. The Golden Flyers finished with a 5.5-5 edge in blocks, while the Hawks owned a 7-5 margin in service aces.
Tim Ferriter posted the second-best single-match hitting percentage (minimum of 20 total attempts and includes matches from 1996 on) in program history, fashioning a .696 mark with 17 kills and one error in 23 total attempts. Smith and junior setter John Lutjen totaled 23 and 12 assists, respectively, while Woessner posted four total blocks. Smith also led the team on the back row defensively with six digs.
For Nazareth, Zyburt's 11 kills led the way, while junior setter Nick McDonagh doled out 31 assists. McDonagh fell just short of a double-double, as he tallied a match-high nine digs.