ELMIRA, N.Y. -- Elmira (13-6, 4-3 UVC) picked up its fourth win against a top-10 team in the nation this season after defeating Stevens Institute (13-6, 7-3 UVC) 3-1. The No. 11 Soaring Eagles displayed a balanced offense as four players posted double-digit kills in the victory.
Leading all players offensively was Erik Griffin who tallied 15 kills while Ryan Gelenitis notched in 12. Mike Ellison and Dylan Kuhn trailed close behind with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Setting up the offense was Michael Vellutato who produced 48 of the team's 50 assists.
The defensive effort was led by Rod Shade who posted 10 digs while Kuhn tallied five block assists and one solo block in the victory. Vellutato and Andrew Johnson also helped out defensively with combined total of 10 block assists on the day.
Both teams battled in the first set as neither team could really build a lead as the score was tied 15 different times before finding themselves deadlocked at 19. EC then went on a 6-2 run to take the first set 25-21. The Ducks of Stevens Tech regrouped after the first set and found themselves with a comfortable 9-4 lead. The Soaring Eagles then proceeded to chip away at Stevens' lead until the both teams were tied at 17. But it was the Ducks were able to go on an 8-6 run to even the sets up at 1-1.
Both team's started the third set by swapping points, until EC scored four straight points to take an 8-5 lead. This proved to be the biggest run of the set as Elmira would take the third set 25-20. After both teams were tied at 10, Stevens strung together a 5-2 run to take a 15-12 lead. The Soaring Eagles responded with a 7-2 run to take a 19-17 point lead. The Ducks then went on a 6-1 run to take a take a two point lead at 23-20 while the Purple and Gold went on to tie the game up at 24 after going on a 4-1 run. For the rest of the set each team traded points until EC took the two point win 29-27 after a convincing kill by Kuhn and a match-ending ace by Griffin.