No. 14 Medaille rallies from deficit to overcome No. 9 New Paltz State 3-2
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- No. 14 Medaille picked up a big conference win as it came back from a 2-1 set deficit and held on for a 3-2 (25-15, 19-25, 21-25, 27-25, 16-14) win against No. 9 New Paltz State on day two of the UVC Crossover.
The Mavs came out of the gates quickly as they played a near flawless first set, committing just one hitting error, en route to capturing that first game. However, New Paltz State came back and took the next two sets.
In the fourth set, the Mavs edged New Paltz 27-25 after holding a 24-19 advantage. The Mavs held an 11-8 lead which prompted a New Paltz timeout. Just like in the previous set, New Paltz State was able to hold off several match points before the Mavs broke through on an attack that flew long of the end line.
Coming up with a strong all around effort in the win was senior Erin Kelly who pounded home a team high 14 kills and only registered one hitting error through five sets. Kelly finished the day by hitting at a solid .464 clip. He also chipped in with six blocks and a pair of service aces as well.
Junior Trevor Barrett notched 11 kills, while teammate David Hill chipped in with 10 to go along with a match-high three service aces. Sophomore Jordan James had a strong performance with eight kills and a .500 hitting percentage before an injury forced him out of the match.
Helping guide the Medaille attack was the setting tandem of David Riggsby, who got 28 assists, and Cory Phillips (19 assists). Both teams finished with .256 kill percentages.
The win is the Mavs second against a top-15 team and it pushes their overall record to 3-4 and they stand at 2-1 in UVC play.