ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Second-ranked Nazareth started the 2014 campaign with a dominating performance against visiting D'Youville. The Golden Flyers are now 1-0 after defeating D'Youville in three consecutive sets: 25-12, 25-18, 25-18. With the loss, the Spartans fall to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in UVC action.
Nazareth didn't allow the frigid temperatures outside to stop them from heating up a fan-filled Kidera gymnasium. The Golden Flyers displayed a team full of many new faces to add to their returning firepower to include 2013 All-Americans Luke Lawatsch and Tim Zyburt. The Golden Flyers are looking for another winning season to win their conference title for the third year in a row.
In Wednesday's match, sophomore setter Cody Nelson led Nazareth College with 24 assists to generate Nazareth's attack. Sophomore Tim Zybert tallied a match-high 11 kills while junior Luke Lawatsch and sophomore Chris Mahan each had eight kills. Sophomores Grant Levermore and Josh Hieb added seven kills and three kills, respectively.
Nazareth had team hitting percentages of .333 , .231, and .462 while holding D'Youville to -.067, .029, and .048. The Golden Flyers' defense allowed only 17 kills and forced 16 hitting errors. Lawatsch finished with two solo blocks and three assisted blocks while sophomore John McCarty amassed a match-high 14 digs.
Brett Cawthorn had eight kills to lead the Spartans. Collin McMahon recorded a team-high 11 assists while Steve Goedtel finished with six digs.
No. 4 New Paltz State 3, Vassar 2
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- It took every last ounce of energy, but No. 4 New Paltz State held off Vassar College for a 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-16, 15-13) win against the Brewers in the United Volleyball Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night at Kenyon Hall.
In a match that saw 26 tie scores and 10 lead changes, New Paltz relied on a .423 hitting percentage in the fourth set to force the deciding frame, and despite leading 13-7 in the fifth, the Hawks saw Vassar go on a 6-0 run to tie the score at 13. Sophomore outside hitter Tim Ferriter got the Hawks back on track with a kill to force match point, and a Vassar attacking error kept New Paltz's overall record unblemished.
New Paltz moved to 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the UVC.
New Paltz hit .253 for the match -- its lowest output of the season so far -- while Vassar hit .216. The Hawks also boasted eight service aces and outgained the Brewers 12-5 in total team blocks.
Tim Ferriter finished with a team-high 19 kills, while Steven Woessner joined him in double figures with 10. Ferriter completed the double-double with 13 digs, while Christian Smith dished out 40 assists. Woessner powered the front row defensively with eight total blocks, while Victor Tuminelli added 10 digs.
For Vassar, Reno Kriz had a team-high 20 kills, while Joe Pyne floored 13 terminations. Colin White-Dzuro handed out 42 assists, while Trey Cimorelli and Colin Fearn-Johnson chipped in with 13 and 10 digs, respectively.