BUFFALO – The SUNY Poly Men's Volleyball Team (7-4, 0-2 NEAC) was unable to survive the rematch with the D'Youville Spartans (4-5, 1-0 NEAC) on Friday night, falling in straight sets 3-0.
The Wildcats had beaten the Spartans in a great five-set match back on January 24th at SUNY Poly's home invitational. While splitting a season series usually isn't the worst thing, unfortunately for the Wildcats it was Friday's match that counts against the team's NEAC record.
The Spartans won with set scores of 25-17, 25-14, 25-22.
In volleyball even more than other sports, stats can tell a very mixed story. But that was not so for Friday's match, as the contest came down to one thing for the Wildcats: hitting. The Wildcats recorded a negative hitting percentage for the first time all season on Friday night, putting up a -.110 to D'Youville's .191.
For the Spartans it was Brett Cawthorn leading the way, recording a match-high 10 kills to go along with 7 digs. For the Wildcats, it was Bobby Nilsen out in front with 5 kills.
Luckily for the Wildcats, the team has shown an ability to get hot when they need to. The team will look to rebound tomorrow with two more conference matches, beginning with Hilbert at 4:00 pm. Links to live stats and video can be found on the team's schedule page.