ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Top-ranked Nazareth began its season on Friday with a three-set sweep of 14th-ranked Philadelphia Biblical in the opening match of the Golden Flyer Invitational. Nazareth won by scores of 25-14, 25-21, 25-14.

The Golden Flyers, champions of the 2011 Molten Division III Tournament, used a balanced offensive attack as junior Alex Houghtalen and sophomore Cole Hutter each posted eight kills, while senior Ellis Walsh and freshman Brody Cord each had seven.

Hutter's eight kills came in just 10 attempts for a hitting percentage of .800, while Cord used 11 swings for a .636 hitting percentage. Nazareth had 45 kills overall with just nine hitting errors in 77 attempts for a .468 hitting percentage.

Junior Connor Ecklund had 22 assists and Walsh added six blocks.