DIII No. 4 Nazareth Wins Two at Nazareth Invitational

2/8/2008

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Rochester, N.Y. - Senior Kellen Gambeski recorded a match-high 21 kills on 26 attempts to lead fourth-ranked Nazareth to a three-game victory 30-26, 30-26, 30-19 over Eastern Mennonite. The victory improved Golden Flyers to 2-0 in the Nazareth Invitational and 10-2 overall.

In addition to Gambeski's kills, junior Joe Petzoldt and senior Tom Maving contributed 10 and nine kills respectively. Junior Frank Leahy recorded a match-high 44 assists while junior Chris DeHority recorded a team-high eight digs. Leahy, and juniors Kelvin Rolle and Ryan Johnsen each recorded three assisted blocks to frustrate the Royals' attack.

Ethan Fry and Calen Hochstetler led Eastern Mennonite with 17 and 10 kills respectively. Benjamin Yoder added a team-high 40 assists and a match-high nine digs while Elliott Warriner recorded seven digs.

In Nazareth's first match of the Invitational against visiting New Paltz, Nazareth received a match-high 19 kills from DeHority to defeat the Hawks in four games 28-30, 34-32, 30-28, 30-23. The Golden Flyers also received 13 kills from senior Adam DiCicco.

Sophomore setter Kevin Kirchhoff started the match for the Golden Flyers and recorded a team-high 34 assists while Leahy added 28 assists. Maving and freshman Brian Bunch each contributed a team-high 13 digs. They were followed by DeHority and DiCicco with 11 and eight digs respectively.

Alexander Jackson and Mark Blair each had a team-high 15 kills for Hawks. Ryan Huberty added 14 kills and eight digs. Pedro Medina led New Paltz with 16 digs while Stephen Jackson recorded a team-high 44 assists.

The Golden Flyers continue the Nazareth Invitational Saturday against top-ranked UC-Santa Cruz at 10 a.m.

Article courtesy of Nazareth athletics.

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