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DIII: No. 3 Juniata wins Invite


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Third-ranked Juniata closed out play at the Golden Flyer Invitational on Sunday afternoon with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-17) sweep of Hilbert. Sophomore Matt Elias was named the tournament's most valuable player and sophomore Chad Albert earned a place on the all-tournament team. The Eagles (8-1) took home the tournament championship after going 3-0 and hitting .289 as team and earning 31 total blocks.

Elias ran the offense against Hilbert in Set 1 and put up 11 assists. Sophomores Carlos Faccio and Ryan Shelton then took the reins for the remainder of the match.  Faccio finished with a team-high 13 assists and Shelton earned nine.

Juniata's top kill leaders in the match combined for 28 kills and only five errors. Sophomore Matthew Kinnebrew led with a team-high nine kills, hitting .467, and junior Joe Bortak earned seven kills on eight swings for a .750 hitting percentage. Both junior Mark Feiler and freshman Kameron Beans finished with six kills each, hitting .455 and .500, respectively.

No. 8 Rivier 3, No. T5 Baruch 2
No. 8 Rivier 3, Endicott 0

NASHUA, N.H. -- About 22 hours removed from a win against top-ranked Springfield, the Raiders dug deep and battled back from a 2-1 deficit to edge No. T5 Baruch College in five sets on Sunday morning in the 2014 Live Free or Die Invitational at the Muldoon Gymnasium.

Final scores of the games were 23-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19 and 15-11.

Rivier (3-0 overall) was led by senior Terence Matatall who laced 15 kills in the five sets. Senior Aaron Almarion added 12 kills with seven total blocks and junior Chris Markuson also had 12 kills -- including the game winner in the fifth set. Junior Shane Spellman registered a .444 hitting percentage as he finished with 10 kills. Senior Matt Bynon was the defensive star with 16 digs and freshman Tyler Blank recorded 50 of the team's 52 assists (Bynon had the other two).

Baruch, who suffered their first loss of the season, saw junior Jack McGee dish out a game high 23 kills and a .429 hitting percentage. Sophomore Brady Ambro knocked down 14 kills of his own while junior Chris Kaimis chipped in with 10 kills for the Bearcats. Sophomore Scott Standring had 46 assists and 6 digs in the five set contest which also saw sophomore Brendan Murphy pickup 14 digs.

Rivier finished off an impressive opening weekend with a 3-0 win against Endicott in the final game of the 2014 Live Free or Die Invitational.

With wins already against No. 1 Springfield, Newbury and No. 5 Baruch, the Raiders were tested in this one but were able to pull it out with scores of 25-11, 25-23 and 26-24.

Junior Chris Markuson registered 12 kills and a .500 hitting percentage as the Raiders moved to 4-0 to begin the year. Senior Terence Matatall added six kills while classmate Aaron Almario laced five in just two sets worth of work. Junior Matt Tutino was solid off the bench as he garnered four kills on five total attacks, including a service ace. Freshman Tyler Blank was stellar once again with 32 assists.

Endicott got a seven-kill performance from senior Travis Netherton and both sophomore John Osbourne and senior Brendon Lowe added six kills in the loss. Senior Carter Roche had 23 assists on the afternoon while Osbourne was the team's leader with four digs.

No. T5 Baruch 3, Endicott 0

NASHUA, N.H. -- Baruch finished the Live Free or Die Invitational with a 3-1 record following its loss to Rivier and a sweep of Endicott.

The Bearcats (4-1) took control in their second match against Endicott with scores of 25-18, 25-18, 25-20.

Jack McKee had 15 kills and two asses, Chris Kaimis added 13 kills and Scott Standring had 31 assists, 10 digs and four aces.

No. T5 UC Santa Cruz 3, No. 2 Nazareth 0

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Second-ranked Nazareth closed its action at the Golden Flyer Invitational with a three-set loss against fifth-ranked UC Santa Cruz. The Banana Slugs defeated the Golden Flyers by the scores of 25-14, 25-19, 25-18. Sophomore Luke Lawatsch had six kills and two solo blocks in two sets of action.

With the loss, Nazareth fell to 2-2 overall while Santa Cruz improved to 5-5 overall with the victory.

No. 13 Elmira 3, No. 7 Carthage 0
No. 7 Carthage 3, Thiel 0

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Carthage (3-3) was swept by No. 13 Elmira 3-0 before sweeping Thiel 3-0 in the Golden Flyer Invitational on Sunday. The Soaring Eagles' winning set scored against the Red Men were 27-25, 25-21 and 25-22, and Carthage's winning scores against Thiel were 25-19, 29-27 and 25-23.

In the loss to Elmira (6-2), Jim Schultz led the way with 10 kills, while J.P Tulaka had eight kills, one block solo and four block assists. Schultz tallied 16 kills and hit .265 in the win against Thiel (3-3). while Jon Storm had 11 kills with a .562 attack percentage. Setter Tyler Saieg averaged 14.0 assists per set against the Tomcats.

No. 9 New York University 3, Emmanuel 0

BOSTON -- Ninth-ranked New York University (4-1, 1-0) extended its win streak to three matches with a victory against Emmanuel (1-1) on Sunday. The match was decided in three sets with a final score of 25-23, 25-20, 25-14.

"We were able to capture a win over a solid opponent," NYU head coach Jose Pina said. "A lot of players saw action [Sunday], and I am proud of the way the team continues to improve."

NYU swept its New England road trip with back-to-back straight-set victories after defeating Lasell on Saturday.

On Sunday, the Violets seemed to get stronger as the match went on as they battled through two tight sets before pulling away in the third.

"Winning six straight sets on the road is never easy," Pina said. "Now we have to prepare for a tough Kean team that beat us last season."

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