DIII No. 5 Stevens Sweeps the Field at 2009 Stevens Quad

1/24/2009

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HOBOKEN, N.J. - Senior outside hitter Tomas Bochicchio totaled 39 kills to notch a .429 hitting percentage on 70 swings over three matches as the fifth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men's volleyball team swept all three opponents in three-straight sets at the 2009 Stevens Quad hosted at the Walker Gymnasium in Hoboken, N.J. The Ducks posted a .364 hitting percentage on the weekend and averaged 4.28 blocks per set.

Stevens improves to 5-0 on the year and will take on Endicott College at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Here are the results of the entire Stevens Quad.. 

Friday - January 23, 2009

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 3-0 (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.

Saturday - January 24, 2009

Nazareth def. NYU 3-1 (30-19, 26-30, 30-20, 30-19)
The Golden Flyers (3-1) picked up their second win of the tournament in a 3-1 victory over the Violets. Senior outside hitter Joe Petzoldt (Phelps, N.Y.) hit .577 on the match as he landed 17 kills on 26 swings with just two errors. Petzoldt also had six digs for Nazareth. Gimello notched 10 kills, while Schroeder buried 11 kills on 14 attempts and two errors to produce a .643 hitting percentage. Leahy led the way with 53 assists, lifted eight digs and tallied four block assists. Senior libero Chris DeHority (Rochester, N.Y.) posted 11 digs in the win.

For NYU, Zolnowski registered 23 kills, while Hodgson finished with six. Oren dished out 31 assists as Goldstein connected on 10. Hayes led the squad defensively with 11 digs. The Violets will look for their first win of the season (0-5) when they take on Hunter at 2:30 p.m.

NYU def. Hunter 3-2 (31-29, 27-30, 30-14, 26-30, 15-10)
NYU earned its first win of the season as the Violets went the distant against the Hawks to take the fifth and final set, 15-10. It is the second match of the weekend that Hunter has fallen in five. Ahead 8-4 in the Set 5, a sideout by the Violets gave the Hawks a point and the serve. Zolnowski then landed a kill for NYU to put them on top, 9-5. Hunter followed up with a quick kill however, fired their serving opportunity into the net. NYU did the same on its next service possession as the score read 10-7 in favor of the Violets.

A big block solo by Zolnowski put NYU back up by four (11-7), to only spoil their service possession with a ball drilled into the net. Ferragonio buried a kill as Hunter posted an attacking error to trail 8-13 in the match. A pair of kills from Limb and Ferragonio brought NYU within math point. Pena tried to keep the Hawks in it as he recorded a kill, but on their next offensive transition, Hunter could not keep the ball inside the playing court as No. 6 NYU earned its first win of the season.

Zolnowski led the Violets once again having hit .362 in the match on 24 kills, seven errors and 47 attempts. Hodgson notched 18 kills on 29 swings for an attacking rating of .448. He added six block assists in the win. Both Ferragonio and Coll tallied 10 kills as Ferragonio added a pair of aces. Zolnowski led defensively with 14 digs and five blocks.

For Hunter, four players reached double-digit kill figures. Ripoll led with 15 kills, followed by Kallickalwith 13. Jakubiak had 12 kills and Barty finished with 10. Ripoll and Pena combined for 39 assists as Ripoll connected on 25. Kallickal lofted 12 digs in the loss as Hunter falls to 3-5 on the year.

Stevens def. Nazareth 3-0 (30-20, 31-29, 30-28)
The Ducks (5-0) earned their fifth win of the season as they rolled over No. 8 Nazareth in the final match of the 2009 Stevens Quad. Stevens had a strong performance at the net as the team recorded 15.5 total blocks and served up seven aces.

Trinsey landed 15 kills to hit .375 against the Golden Flyers on 32 swings. Cranford once again had another solid outing having hit .529 with 11 kills on 17 attempts and just two errors. After tonight's performance, Cranford is hitting .597 on the year. He finished the match with an ace and six block assists. Bochicchio also tallied 11 kills and landed three aces. PremDas led the team in digs (11) and added six kills. Mulvey received another start in his young career and dished out 42 assists as he lifted seven digs. He also had seven block assists and one solo. Reger chipped in defensively with two block solos and five block assists.

Nazareth was led by junior opposite hitter Brian Bunch (Liverpool, N.Y.), who recorded 14 kills on 31 attempts with no errors for a .452 hitting percentage. Petzoldt had nine kills and seven digs, while DeHority led defensively for the Golden Flyers with 11 digs. Johnson landed four kills and two assists, as he finished with three block assists and a solo. Nazareth falls to 3-2 on the year.

Article courtesy of Stevens athletics.

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