Hunter Comes Up Short to No. 12 Ramapo in DIII Matchup

2/7/2008

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New York, N.Y. - Sophomore setter Zacarias Ripoll (Puerto Plata, D.R./John F. Kennedy) recorded 10 kills, nine digs and 38 assists, but his efforts would not be enough to slow down the Roadrunners of No. 12 Ramapo College who improve to 9-1 on the year with a 3-2 (24-30,22-30,30-27,30-18,7-15) victory in men's volleyball action Thursday evening at the Hunter Sportsplex.

Hunter opened up the first game strong, taking a 4-1 lead and would hold onto the lead for a majority of the game. However, Ramapo's front line began to torment the Hawks as they quickly tallied up block after block to gain the lead and momentum to carry them to a 30-24 win.

The second game was close in the beginning, but Ramapo was able to pull away and take a 30-22 decision. The third game followed the trend of the match, but this time it would be Hunter gaining control late in the game to pick up a 30-27 win. The Hawks successes in the third carried into the fourth, catching the Roadrunners on their heels and taking the largest win of the match, 30-18.

Ramapo would get first serve in the decisive fifth game and rattled off the first three points of the game, Hunter would later close the gap to two points, 9-7 before Ramapo was able to close things out with six unanswered to win the game 15-7 and match 3-2.

Ramapo senior opposite Brendan Whitford (Lyndhurst, NJ/St. Peter's Prep) led the match with 19 kills and nine total blocks, while junior setter Jairo Sierr (Fair Lawn, NJ/Fair Lawn) had 53 assists and five kills with a hitting percentage of .713.

Freshman middle blocker Eryk Kowalski (Poland/Environmental Studies) finished with a team high 11 kills and junior middle blocker Shandu Foster (Long Island City, NY /Academy of American Studies) added seven kills and four solo blocks for the Hawks.

Hunter falls to 7-3 on the year and will now turn their attention to Saturday, when they compete in their first CUNY Athletic Conference Multi-Match of the season, taking on Medgar Evers at 9:00 a.m. and then City Tech at 11:00 a.m. at York College in Jamaica, NY.

Article courtesy of Hunter athletics.

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