DIII No. 2 NYU Defeats Harvard, Earns First EIVA Playoff Berth in Three Years

3/29/2008

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New York, N.Y. - A vocal crowd of 147 witnessed the New York University men's volleyball team earn its first EIVA playoff berth in three years by sweeping Harvard University 3-0 on Senior Day at the Coles Sports Center in Manhattan.

The Violets (19-6, 7-1 EIVA Hay), currently ranked No. 2 in the CBS College Sports Network/AVCA Division III Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll, honored their three graduating seniors (Willy McFarland, David Tener, and Jon Wintermeyer) in a ceremony before the match. The seniors responded, along with the rest of the squad, to lead the team to a 30-24, 31-29, 31-29 win over the Crimson (7-10, 4-4 EIVA Hay).

"It was a really good win for our seniors and our program," commented head coach Jose Pina after the match. "Along with securing a playoff berth, it keeps us on point for our goal of winning the Hay and making the Molten Championships."

Junior tri-captain Devin Zolnowski, along with tri-captain Wintermeyer, led the way on offense for the Violets. Both players notches 13 kills while Wintermeyer hit a team-best .684 and put down six blocks, Zolnowski put up five digs and added four blocks of his own.

McFarland also stepped up on offense, putting down nine kills while adding five digs and two blocks.

On defense, Tener recorded three digs to move within 17 of Thom Stone and the all-time digs record.

Junior Ilan Goldstein continued his strong play at setter, recording 41 assists while adding four digs, three kills and two blocks.

On offense for the Crimson, junior Brady Weissbourd put down a team-best 17 kills while sophomore Eric Kuld added 14.

Sophomore setter Gil Weintraub put up 39 assists in the three games, while senior Brian Rapp recorded 14 digs.

The Violets return to action this Tuesday, April 1, when they host EIVA Tait opponent Princeton University in the team's regular-season home finale at 7:00 pm.

"This is what we wanted," concluded Pina. "Going into the last week of the season we have complete control of our own destiny."

Article courtesy of NYU athletics.

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