NYU's Cinderella Season Continues with Sweep of St. Francis in EIVA Quarterfinals

4/19/2008

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Loretta, Pa. - Head coach Jose Pina's 200th career win could not have been more special as the New York University men's volleyball team swept St. Francis University 30-26, 30-21, 30-20 to advance to EIVA semifinals on Saturday, April 19, in Loretto, PA.

The Violets (23-7), started off sluggish in game one, missing six out of their first ten serves, but the Saints (12-15) couldn't capitalize as NYU escaped with a 30-26 victory.

In games two and three the Violets came out swinging, hitting .607 in game two and .400 in game three rolling to easy victories in both games 30-21, 30-20.

The win continues the best season the Violets have ever put up, setting a record for most victories in a season as well as the farthest the team has ever advanced in the EIVA Playoffs.

"This was probably the program's biggest win in it's history," said Pina. "It was a total team effort and it was great that it came in my 200th victory. The team played amazing and their confidence is soaring."

Leading the way for NYU were senior tri-captain Jonathan Wintermeyer and junior tri-captain Devin Zolnowski. Zolnowski recorded a team-high 14 kills while hitting a career-high .522 with three blocks and six digs while Wintermeyer put down 12 kills while hitting .579 with a team-best five blocks.

Also having a strong night on offense was freshman middle Francis Hodgson who notched 10 kills while hitting .421 with four blocks and five digs.

Junior Ilan Goldstein ran a perfect offense, putting up 40 assists while leading the team to a combined .430 hitting percentage.

On the defensive side of the ball, senior tri-captain David Tener put 10 digs and went 23-for-23 on service receptions.

The Violets return to action on Thursday, April 24 when they travel to University Park, PA to take on nationally top-ranked Penn State University at 7:30 pm.

"We're really excited," Pina concluded. "We're ready to put on a good show at Penn State."

Article courtesy of NYU athletics.

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