DIII No. 11 Ramapo Splits Saturday Matches


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Mahwah, N.J. - The Roadrunners suffered their first loss of the 2008 season today to the Crimson Eagles of Philadelphia Biblical at the Bradley Center in Mahwah, 2-3 (29-31, 30-23, 24-30, 30-23, 10-15) before bouncing back to defeat CCNY, 3-0 (30-21, 30-10, 30-26). With the one win and one loss, the Roadrunners stand at 5-1 overall.

In game one PBU's Justin Brubaker (Telford, PA) put down ten kills on 16 attempts with only one error while the team combined for 17 kills on 30 attempts with only two errors hitting .500. Drew Dillon (Mount Joy, PA) dished out 14 assists and Jon Rose (Doylestown, PA) recorded one ace taking the game, 31-29. Elvis Cabrera (Clifton, NJ) led the Roadrunners with six kills and Shane Donohue (Freehold, NJ) recorded five. Ramapo hit .324 in the loss with 18 kills and six errors on 37 attempts.

The Roadrunners fought back and took game two, 30-23, hitting .345 with 15 kills on 29 attempts with five errors. Cabrera and rookie Jeff Elsasser (Barnegat, NJ) led the offensive attack with five kills each and Jairo Sierra (Fair Lawn, NJ) dished out a team high 11 assists. Donohue led the defense with four digs. Brubaker came out on top once again for PBU posting six kills and Dillion contributed 14 assists. The Crimson Eagles went 16-29 with six errors (.345).

In game three, Brubaker hit .231 and Leandro Dueck (Litiz, PA) hit .625 recording five and six kills respectively to lead the team to a 30-24 win over Ramapo. Dillon dished out 13 assists and Ramapo's Donohue and Elsasser recorded four kills each. Sierra was held to eight assists and Dan Sempkowski (East Brunswick, NJ) led the defense with four digs.

In game four the Crimson Eagles recorded 11 hitting errors with 13 kills on 40 attempts hitting .050. Ramapo went 14-26 with four errors hitting .385 taking the game, 30-23. Donohue recorded another five and Cabrera added three of his own. Sierra dished out ten assists and rookie Matt Whitford (Lyndhurst, NJ) led the defense with five digs. Brubaker once again came out on top of PBU with seven kills.

The final game of the match went to PBU, 15-10 after Ramapo was up by two, 8-6 at the switch. The Roadrunners hit .238 behind PBU's .407. Brubaker hit down five and Dillon earned 12 of the team's 13 assists. Senior opposite Brendan Whitford (Lyndhurst, NJ) led Ramapo with two kills and Sierra earned five assists.

For the match, Brubaker finished with a team high 33 kills and Dueck wrapped up the match with 20. Dillon earned 65 assists and Bill Lukacs (Manahawkin, NJ) led the defense with ten digs. The team combined for 75 kills on 157 attempts with 29 errors hitting .293 while Ramapo posted 23 errors hitting 65-140 (.300). Cabrera led the team with 18 kills and Donohue recorded 16 including his 1,000th career kill in the second game of the match. Sierra added 50 assists and Sempkowski led the defense with 13 digs. Donohue recorded 11 digs and Sierra added ten.

In the second match of the day, Ramapo took game one, 30-21 behind seven kills from Donohue and 15 assists from Sierra. The team hit .440 combining for 17 kills and the Beavers went 11-25 with six errors hitting .200. Ratmir Gorelik (Brooklyn, NY) led the Beavers with five kills and Alexander Morgan (New York, NY) recorded three on his own.

In game two, rookies M. Whitford and Nolan King (Cedar Run, NJ) stepped up leading Ramapo to a 30-10 victory while M. Whitford led the team on the defensive side as well with two digs. Sophomore Matt Scott (Edison, NJ) dished out 13 assists and recorded two solo blocks back-to-back. The Roadrunners went 16-21 with only four hitting errors hitting .571 over CCNY's 3-19 (-.105) with five errors.

The Roadrunners took a close game three, 30-26 behind King's six kills on eight attempts. M. Whitford recorded four kills and Scott dished out 14 assists. The team combined for 16 kills hitting .256 behind CCNY's .276 with 14 kills on 29 attempts.

For the night, Ramapo posted 49 kills and CCNY put down 28. The Roadrunners hit .388 while the Beavers hit .151. M. Whitford finished leading all Roadrunners with 11 kills and Donohue followed with seven. Scott dished out a team high 27 assists and M. Whitford led the defense with four digs. Gorelik led the Beavers with 13 kills.

The Roadrunners return to action on Monday, January 28th when they host SUNY Purchase at 8:00 PM at the Bradley Center.

Article courtesy of Ramapo athletis.

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