Zyburt records career-best 13 kills as No. 5 Nazareth sweeps No. 7 NYU
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Freshman outside hitter Tim Zyburt recorded a career-best 13 kills to go with a .526 hitting percentage on Saturday as fifth-ranked Nazareth swept seventh-ranked NYU in United Volleyball Conference action at Medaille. Scores were 25-20, 25-22, 25-23.
Nazareth improved to 6-0 (1-0 in UVC play) with the win.
Zyburt's 13 kills came in 19 attempts with just three hitting errors and accompanied four blocks. Nazareth hit .382 as a team in the match with 35 kills in 68 swings against just nine hitting errors. Freshman Grant Levermore also played well with nine kills in 20 attemps for a .450 hitting percentage.
Senior Robert Kraft and junior Cole Hutter each had six kills and senior setter EJ Wells-Spicer delivered 34 assists.
Nazareth was comfortably ahead for most of the first set as Kraft and Zyburt each posted three kills. The second set was closer, but Zyburt had kills on Nazareth's last two points to seal the set.
Nazareth trailed in the third set 10-9 before scoring three consecutive points to secure the lead for good. Zyburt and Hutter each had kills and NYU had an attack error. NYU closed to within 24-23, but Zyburt struck again with a kill for the final point of the match off an assist from Wells-Spicer.