BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Medaille College Mavericks and the D'Youville College Spartans will meet for the 2014-15 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men's Volleyball Championship after each advanced with wins in the semifinal round Saturday.
The Mavericks, who are hosting this weekend's tournament as the No. 1 seed after winning the NEAC regular season title, defeated No. 4 seed SUNY Polytechnic Institute 3-0 to open the tournament. Medaille jumped out to a 14-7 lead in game one and would not allow another point to the Wildcats from there en route to a 25-7 win. The Wildcats would open game two with an 11-9 lead, but the Mavericks would rally to tie it at 16 and again at 19. Four SUNY Poly errors from there would help Medaille seal the win 25-22. The Mavericks would then never trail in a close game three, winning 25-19 and securing their trip to the championship match.
The Mavericks posted a hitting percentage of .422 on the day, including a .583 percentage for junior Nate Schneider (Lockport, N.Y.) after he had seven kills and no errors in 12 attempts, as well as a .500 percentage from senior David Hill (Clarence, N.Y.) on a match-high nine kills in 14 attempts to go along with his eight serve aces. Senior David Riggsby (Centerville, Ohio), the NEAC Player of the Year, had match highs of 27 assists and eight digs to go along with four kills.
Junior A.J. Davids (Hilton, N.Y.) had eight kills for SUNY Poly, while senior Justin Rich (Hamburg, N.Y.) had eight digs. Freshman Zach Goggin (Feeding Hills, Mass.) dished out 20 assists and had four digs.
D'Youville College, the tournament's No. 2 seed, defeated No. 3 seed Wells College 3-0 in the day's next match. The contest started with a bang, as game one saw a whopping 23 ties and 11 lead changes. The last of which would come with Wells up 29-28, as a service error would tie the match at 29 before the Spartans would score the final two points on an ace from sophomore Collin McMahon (Grand Island, N.Y.) and a block from freshman Brock Tetreault (Grand Island, N.Y.) to win 31-29. Game two would also open with both teams tied at five, but the Spartans would rattle off five straight points from there to go up 10-5. They would quickly double their lead to go up 20-9 before going on to win 25-13. The Express would continue to battle in game three, which would be tied at 13 all, but the Spartans would begin to pull away with an array of kills that helped build a 20-15 lead before they finished off the match 25-21 to seal a trip to the finals.
Tetreault, the NEAC Rookie of Year, smacked a match-most 14 kills, while junior Matt Loos (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) added 12 kills. Senior Steve Goedtel (Eden, N.Y.)had a match-best 15 digs to go along with six kills, while junior Chris Busha (Hamburg, N.Y.) finished with 37 assists and six digs.
Freshman Brannon Perdicho (Victor, N.Y.) had seven kills and eight digs for Wells, while freshman Jack Battumer (Denver, Colo.) had 12 digs and senior Paul Hernon (New Hartford, N.Y.) had a match-most seven block assists.
Release courtesy of Eugenio Mercurio at neacsports.com