DIII No. 1 Nazareth Stunned Twice at Vassar Invitational


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POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Nazareth's top-ranked men's volleyball team was stunned twice Friday at the Vassar Invitational and has its winning streak halted at 11 matches.

The Golden Flyers slipped to 14-4 overall with losses to unranked Philadelphia Biblical and sixth-ranked Vassar in three games each. Nazareth lost to Philadelphia Biblical by scores of 31-29, 30-24, 30-23 and then lost to Vassar 30-23, 30-28, 30-24.

"It was really disappointing, but we'll see how we respond to this," said Nazareth Coach Cal Wickens. "It was a combination of things, but the bottom line is that we lost to two very good teams."

Nazareth has been ranked first nationally in Division III for the past two weeks after the Golden Flyers knocked off then-No. 1 UC Santa Cruz and then-No. 2 Springfield to win the Nazareth Invitational.

In the Vassar match, Nazareth squandered an 11-2 lead in the third game as the Brewers rallied for the clean sweep. Senior Tom Maving had 12 kills and junior Frank Leahy had team highs in assists (35) and digs (9). Joe Petzoldt led Nazareth with 14 kills in the Philadelphia Biblical match.

Nazareth plays one more match Saturday against Johnson & Wales at 10 a.m.

Article courtesy of Nazareth athletics.

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