DIII No. 5 Stevens Downs No. 6 NYU & Hunter in Three-Straight Sets


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HOBOKEN, N.J. - Senior outside hitter Tomas Bochicchio landed 17 kills on 32 attempts to register a .344 hitting percentage as the fifth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men's volleyball team upended No. 6 New York University Friday afternoon in the opening match of the 2009 Stevens Quad Tournament. The Ducks notched 15 team blocks as they went on to win 30-28, 30-23, 40-38. Stevens now stands at 3-0 on the season and will take on Hunter College scheduled for an 8 p.m. start. The Violets fall to 0-4 on the year.

Stevens def. NYU 3-0 (30-28, 30-23, 40-38)
Senior outside hitter Joe Trinsey notched 14 kills on 27 swings with just two errors to produce a .444 hitting percentage. Trinsey also totaled six blocks for Stevens. Sophomore outside hitter SteFan PremDas came off the bench for Sets 2 and 3 to finish with 11 kills and 3 blocks. He tallied a .450 hitting percentage on 20 attempts and two errors. Sophomore setter Brandt Grobeis dished out 47 assists and lofted eight digs, while senior middle hitter Andrew Cranford drilled seven kills and posted four blocks. Defensively for Stevens, senior middle hitter Doug Reger recorded six blocks as Bochicchio lifted nine digs.

For NYU, senior outside hitter Devin Zolnowski (Bridgewater, N.J.) led the Violets in kills (15) as senior setter IIan Goldstein (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) launched 36 assists and lofted seven digs. Junior outside hitter Michael Ferragonio (Irwin, Pa.) finished second on the team in kills (12) and led with eight digs.

Nazareth def. Hunter 3-2 (33-31, 28-30, 30-24, 27-30, 16-14)
Trailing 6-8 in the final set, the eighth-ranked Golden Flyers fought back to earn their second win of the season in a hard-fought battle against the Hawks. Nazareth fell behind 6-10 until junior opposite hitter Brian Bunch (Liverpool, N.Y.) landed a kill to stop Hunter's momentum. However, freshman middle hitter Eric Barty (Jamaica, N.Y.) answered with a kill to put the Hawks back on top 11-7. An attacking error by Nazareth forced Head Coach Cal Wickens to take a timeout as his squad trailed 7-12. Freshman outside hitter Billy Gimello (Hauppauge, N.Y.) came through and delivered a kill as senior setter Frank Leahy (Smithtown, N.Y.) drilled an ace to cut the deficit to three (9-12). A block by Gimello and freshman middle hitter Dan Miranda (Amherst, N.Y.) brought the Golden Flyers within two, but senior opposite hitter Miguel Pena (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Barty retaliated with a combo block of their own.

Sophomore outside hitter Hans Schroeder (Kenmore, N.Y.) connected on a quick hit to bring Nazareth within two points 13-11 as Hunter burned a timeout. A service ace by Gimello pulled the Golden Flyers within a point (12-13). After an attacking error by Hunter, the Hawks were able to regroup and go ahead 14-13 after a hard-earned kill. Nazareth then tied the set at 14-all and went up by one off consecutive kills from Schroeder. The Golden Flyers earned the victory after sophomore outside hitter Patrick Ribec (Harrisburg, Pa.) launched a service ace for the win.

Leaders for Nazareth were Gimello with 22 kills, 10 digs and a pair aces. Senior middle hitter Kelvin Rolle (Henrietta, N.Y.) had 12 kills and produced a .647 hitting percentage on 17 swings with just an error. Leahy dished out 60 assists and lifted 11 digs in the win. For Hunter, Pena connected on 24 assists and lofted 13 digs. Junior outside hitter/setter Zacarias Ripoll (Puerto Plata, D.R.) notched 22 kills, 33 assists and led defensively with 19 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Wojciech Jakubiak (Poreba, Poland) tallied 13 kills as the Hawks fall to 2-3 on the year.

Stevens def. Hunter (30-24, 30-27, 30-26)
The Ducks carried their momentum from the three-set win over No. 6 NYU earlier in the day to sweep Hunter in three as well. Trinsey and Bochicchio each tallied 11 kills in the match as Bochicchio hit .733 overall on 15 swings with no errors. Trinsey was right behind him having recorded a hitting percentage of .474 on 19 attempts with a pair of errors. Cranford was true to form as he notched 13 kills on 15 swings and no errors, en route to a .867 hitting rating. Freshman setter Derek Mulvey got the start and played in all three sets as he launched 45 assists and lifted four digs. Trinsey finished the match with four block assists.

The Hawks were led by Barty, who registered a .524 hitting percentage with 13 kills on 21 attempts and two errors. Jakubiak followed suit with 11 kills and led with seven digs. Ripoll had 23 assists in the match and landed nine kills. Hunter (2-4) will be back in action on Saturday as the Hawks will face NYU at 2 p.m.

Article courtesy of Stevens athletics.

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