ELMIRA, N.Y. - The SUNY Poly men's volleyball team wrapped up their 2017 regular season this past Saturday on the road in a tri-match against Nazareth and Elmira. The Wildcats lost both matches, the first in four sets to Nazareth and the second in five sets to Elmira.
The Wildcats lost the first match of the tri-match to Nazareth 3-1 (25-23, 15-21, 21-25, 16-25). The Wildcats took the first set of the match, but fell in the second set giving the Golden Flyers the momentum they needed to win. The Wildcats hit .86 as a team in the match while Nazareth hit .286.
Max Szuba (Irondequoit, N.Y.) had a match high 11 kills in the match. The sophomore also had a service ace, five digs and a block assist.
Connor Schultz (Lancaster, N.Y.) had eight kills in the match, had a dig, and two block assists.
Piotr Kasza (Mechowiev, Poland) had a team high four block assists in the match. Kasza also had 12 assists and four kills.
For Nazareth, Sam Bittker and Ethan Ross each had a team high nine kills. Bittker also had a team high four block assists and a solo block. Tom Keisling had a match high eight digs and had seven kills. Jake Kemp had a match high 43 assists.
In the Wildcats second match of the day, the team went down 0-2 in the first two sets (12-25, 19-25) before battling back into the match with wins in the third and fourth sets 25-19 and 25-22 to force a deciding fifth set. The Wildcats, unfortunately, could not complete the 0-2 comeback. The Soaring Eagles won the fifth set 15-9. The Wildcats hit .176 in the match and had eight total blocks to the Eagles seven.
Connor Schultz finished the match with a team high 10 kills, hitting .273 on 22 swings.
Robert Nilsen (Bohemia, N.Y.) had nine kills on 17 swings (.471) and had one solo block and a block assist.
Derek Connelly (Oneida, N.Y.) had a career high 12 digs in the match. Connelly also had there kills, three service aces, and a solo block.
For Elmira, Ryan McDonough had a match high 14 kills on 31 swings. He also had a team high eight digs. Mark Kawecki had a match high six service aces, 11 kills, eight digs, and two block assists. Matthew Buffum had 13 kills and a match high seven block assists. Jeremy Best had a match high 42 assists.
With the two losses, the Wildcats end their regular season with an overall record of 16-16 and a conference record of 11-5. The team qualified for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Post-season last weekend, grabbing the four seed. The Championship Tournament will be held at Penn State Altoona beginning on Friday. The Wildcats will take on the #1 seed Nittany Lions at 4:00 PM.