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Hyannis, Mass:  The #15 seeded Golden Flyers of Nazareth College earned the 2010 Michael J. Ricciardi NECVA Tournament Championship trophy today when they defeated the #4 seeded Crimson Eagles of Philadelphia Biblical University at the Hyannis Youth and Community Center in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  Nazareth swept PBU in three straight sets (30-22, 30-28, 30-28) behind a solid performance from tournament Most Valuable Player, Hans Schroeder (Kenmore, NY).  With the victory, Nazareth College receives the conferences automatic bid to the 2010 Molten Division III Men's Invitational Volleyball Championship, to be played on April 16th and 17th at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Schroeder finished the day with 12 kills on 21 attempts and four errors recording a team high .381 hitting percentage.  Schroeder recorded five blocks in the three-game sweep while tallying two service aces.

Game one opened with a kill each from Billy Gimello (Hauppauge, NY) and Schroeder, split by a service ace from Robert Kraft (Waretown, NJ), before a hitting error on PBU put the Golden Flyers up, 4-0 at the start.  PBU finally got on the board with a kill from Josh Tuttle (Eastport, NY) to close the gap, 4-1.  Nazareth spread their lead to seven points, 12-5, before two straight kills by the Crimson Eagles put PBU within five, 12-7.  Nazareth continued to hold an edge over PBU trading the following few points until a 3-1 run sparked by a Tuttle serving error, gave Nazareth another seven point edge, 17-10.  The run was capped off by Schroeder's fourth kill of the game.  The Crimson Eagles strung together two mini-runs 3-0, and 2-0, which included a service ace from Justin Brubaker (Telford, PA) and a kill from Leandro Dueck (Lititz, PA), to come within three, 18-15, but Nazareth continued to put the ball away taking the final point, 30-22, for a one game lead over PBU.

Schroeder led the Golden Flyers with five kills and Gimello chipped in four, while EJ Wells-Spicer (Phelps, NY) dished out 13 assists.  The team hit .462 with 15 kills on 26 attempts and only three errors.  PBU hit just shy of Nazareth with 16 kills on 30 attempts with three errors hitting .433, behind six kills from Dueck and four from Brubaker.  Drew Dillon (Mount Joy, PA) assisted on 15 of the kills.

The scored was tied on 12 occasions in the second game as the two teams traded points almost the entire set, with Nazareth finishing the game on top, 30-28.  After a 21-21 tie, Schroeder sparked a 4-0 run giving Nazareth its biggest lead of the game (4), for the fifth time, 25-21, forcing a PBU timeout.  Dueck and Tuttle each put the ball away out of the timeout to close the gap, 25-23.  The teams again traded points until 27-24, when Brubaker earned a kill sparking a three point run to again tie the game, 27-27.  Nazareth went up 28-27 on a PBU error and Brubaker again earned a kill to tie the game at 28.  Nazareth earned the final two points on PBU errors to go up two games to none.

Gimello hit a team leading .429 in game two with eight kills while Wells-Spicer contributed ten additional assists in the game.  Schroeder recorded three kills as the team hit a combined 13-29 with five errors, .276.  Brubaker added 11 kills in the game and Dillon dished out 19 assists. PBU hit .205 in the game two loss totaling 19 kills on 39 attempts with 11 errors.

In what turned out to be the final game in the best-out-of-five match-up, it was PBU that opened to a 4-0 lead behind two Nazareth errors and then consecutive service aces from Tuttle.  Ellis Walsh (Penfield, NY) put the ball away to get Nazareth on the board before a kill from Jefferson Stauffer (Columbia, PA) put PBU up by four again.  The Crimson Eagles held strong until 10-6 when a run sparked by a Gimello kill put Nazareth behind just one point, 10-9.  After a Nazareth error putting PBU up by two, Walsh and Schroeder strung together two points to tie the game for the first time at 11.  The two teams remained close the rest of the way, tying the game on 11 more occasions, the final tie coming at 28-28.  PBU had a 28-26 lead over Nazareth but committed three errors in the final four points, falling short 30-28, and 3-0 overall.

Walsh led the Golden Flyers in the final match-up with five of the team's 16 kills, hitting .400 on ten attempts with one error.  His team went 16-42 with six errors hitting .238 in the win.  Wells-Spicer contributed 16 assists and Dan Mowery (Phelps, NY) led the defense with four digs.  Brubaker again led the Crimson Eagles with five kills while Deuck chipped in five of his own.  Dillon finished the game with 12 assists and Dueck and Brubaker each recorded five digs.  PBU finished the game hitting .103 with 14 kills on 39 attempts and ten errors.

Gimello finished the day with 16 kills while the team combined for 44 kills on 97 attempts with 14 errors hitting .309.  Wells-Spicer dished out 39 assists and Gimello, Connor Ecklund (Harrisburg, PA) and Mowery each picked up five digs in the win.  Gimello also recorded four total blocks.  PBU went 49-108 on the day with 24 errors hitting .231 behind 20 kills from Brubaker and 16 from Dueck.  Dillon finished with 46 assists and Stauffer led the defense with eight digs.  Dueck and Brubaker added seven digs each to the mix.

Most Valuable Player:  Nazareth - Hans Schroeder

First Team All-Tournament:
Endicott - AJ Witkofsky
MIT - Matt Hohenberger
MIT - Eric Rueland
Nazareth - EJ Wells-Spicer
PBU - Justin Brubaker
PBU - Drew Dillon
Rivier - Matt Ferreira
Rivier - Zach Hansen

Second Team All-Tournament:
D'Youville - Chris Temple
Endicott - Ben Foster
Nazareth - Billy Gimello
Nazareth - Ellis Walsh
Nazareth - Robert Kraft
PBU - Leandro Dueck
Ramapo - Matt Scott
Rivier - Jared Andreozzi

courtesy NECVA

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