DIII No. 5 Stevens Goes 1-1 at Stevens Invitational


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Hoboken, N.J. - The fifth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men's volleyball team went 1-1 in the 11th annual Stevens Invitational on Saturday night at the Canavan Arena in Hoboken N.J. No. 9 Nazareth College and No. 4 Carthage College both went 2-0 in the first day of pool play. Massachusetts Institute of Technology split its matches, while Hunter College and Baruch College walked away having lost each of its two matches.

Match 1 - Nazareth d. Baruch (30-23, 30-17, 27-30, 29-31, 15-12)
Down two games to none, Baruch battled back to force a fifth and deciding game. The Bearcats were ahead 8-7 before the switch, however No. 9 Nazareth went on a 5-0 run as the score read 12-8 in favor of the Golden Flyers. The deficit was too large for Baruch as Nazareth won 15-12.

The Bearcats were led by junior middle hitter Danial Levent (Forest Hills, N.Y.), who registered 26 kills, 10 digs and totaled four blocks. Sophomore setter Radu Wyrwas (Bialystok, Poland) finished with 39 assists, nine digs and a pair of blocks.

Junior opposite hitter Chris DeHority (Rochester, N.Y.) had a team-high 28 kills and posted 10 digs for Nazareth. Senior outside hitter Adam DiCicco (Seneca Castle, N.Y.) recorded 22 kills and 14 digs, while sophomore setter Kevin Kirchoff (Penfield, N.Y.) dished for 51 assists.

Match 2 - MIT d. Hunter (30-26, 30-27, 30-24)
The seventh-ranked Engineers of MIT took down the Hawks of Hunter in a three game sweep by the scores of 30-26, 30-27 and 30-24 in the second match of the Stevens Invite.

MIT was led by senior outside hitter Praveen Pamidimukkala (Edison, N.J.), who recorded 15 kills, four blocks and three service aces. Junior middle hitter Scott Pollom (Indianapolis, Ind.) had 11 kills and totaled five blocks, while sophomore setter Philip Rogoz (Lincolnwood, Ill.) notched 39 assists. Freshman outside hitter Malcolm Bean (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore middle hitter Mike Demyttenaere (Brussels, Belgium) each posted eight kills in the victory.

Freshman outside hitter Pablo Oliveira (Uberlandia, Brazil) led in kills with 20 and registered seven digs for the Hawks. Sophomore outside hitter Wojciech Jakubiak (Poland) totaled 11 kills and seven digs as sophomore setter Zacarias Ripoll (Puerto Plata, D.R.) added 37 assists in the defeat.

Match 3 - Stevens d. Baruch (30-22, 30-25, 30-25)
The fifth-seeded Ducks swept the Bearcats in three straight games. Junior outside hitter Joe Trinsey had a team-high 11 kills with four digs and three blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Jonathan Landis had eight kills, while freshman setter Brandt Grobeis dished for 40 assists and one service ace. Junior middle hitter Doug Reger led in total blocks with six as junior outside hitter Tomas Bochicchio finished with seven kills.

In its second match of the evening, the Bearcats suffered its second loss as junior middle hitter Levent led with 12 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Jonathan Tuwaidan (Woodside, N.Y.) registered nine kills, while Wyrwas added 29 assists. Junior outside hitter Eric Quintero (New York, N.Y.) totaled five kills, five total blocks and a pair of aces.

Match 4 - Carthage d. MIT (30-32, 28-30, 30-26, 30-28, 15-6)
After falling behind two games, the fourth-ranked Redmen battled back to force a fifth game as they went on to win 15-6. Carthage was led by freshman middle blocker Tim Walker (Milwaukee, Wis.), who totaled 16 kills, three service aces and a pair of blocks. Junior opposite hitter Juri Veldre (West Allis, Wis.) had 10 kills, while senior outside hitter Allan Russo (Bridgeview, Ill.) added 16 kills. Sophomore setter Matt Figiel (Franklin Park, Ill) posted 57 assists as freshmen libero Tyler Berry (St. Louis, Mo.) chipped in with 16 digs. *Stats from 4 out of the 5 games*

No. 7 MIT was led by Pamidimukkala who notched 21 kills and eight digs. Demyttenaere had 13 kills and four total blocks, while Bean recorded 10 kills. Freshman opposite hitter Garrett Winther (Broomfield, Colo.) accumulated 10 kills and four blocks as Rogoz amassed 56 assists, 14 digs and a pair of aces.

Match 5 - Nazareth d. Stevens (30-28, 30-27, 18-30, 26-30, 15-12)
Trailing two games, No. 5 Stevens came from behind to force a fifth game however fell short of a victory as it couldn't close on a three point deficit that the ninth-ranked Golden Flyers held. Nazareth was led by senior Kellen Gambeski (St. James, N.Y.), who posted 16 kills and seven total blocks. Senior outside hitter Tom Maving (Tonawanda, N.Y.) recorded 13 kills and five digs, while junior outside hitter Joe Petzoldt (Phelps, N.Y.) notched 12 kills. Junior setter Frank Leahy (Smithtown, N.Y.) dished for 53 assists as senior outside hitter DiCicco had a strong defensive performance with 12 digs.

For the Ducks, Bochicchio totaled 24 kills and 12 digs as Grobeis landed 57 assists in the defeat. Landis registered 21 kills and eight digs, while Reger had 10 kills and seven blocks. Junior middle hitter Andrew Cranford chipped in with eight kills and three blocks.

Match 6 - Carthage d. Hunter (29-31, 30-20, 30-19, 30-18)
No. 4 Carthage was led by Russo who notched 21 kills and 20 digs in the four game win over the Hawks. Sophomore outside hitter Andy Patton (Wauwatosa, Wis.) recorded 15 kills, while Walker totaled 19 kills. Veldre finished with 20 kills as Berry led in digs with 28. Junior setter Joe Dougherty (New Lenox, Ill.) accumulated 54 assists as Figiel added 38 in the victory.

Hunter was led by Oliveira who registered 11 kills. Jukubiak totaled nine digs, while Ripoll added 28 assists and 10 digs in the defeat.

Pool 1
MIT def. Hunter, 3-0 (30-26, 30-27, 30-24)
Carthage def. MIT, 3-2 (30-32, 28-30, 30-26, 30-28, 15-6)
Carthage def. Hunter, 3-1 (29-31, 30-20, 30-19, 30-18)

Pool 2
Nazareth def. Baruch, 3-2 (30-23, 30-17, 27-30, 29-31, 15-12)
Stevens def. Baruch, 3-0 (30-22, 30-25, 30-25)
Nazareth def. Stevens, 3-2 (30-28, 30-27, 18-30, 26-30, 15-12)

Sunday, January 27, 2008
Carthage vs. Stevens - 10 a.m.
Nazareth vs. MIT - 10 a.m.
Championship Match - 12 p.m.
Consolation Match - 12 p.m.

Article courtesy of Stevens athletis.

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