No. 5 Stevens Defeats No. 6 NYU in Season Opener

1/16/2008

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Hoboken, N.J. - Junior outside hitter Tomas Bochicchio led the fifth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men's volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over No. 6 New York University on Wednesday night. Bochicchio registered 16 kills, five service aces and 12 digs in the Ducks season opener as the match was decided in four games (27-30, 30-27, 31-29, 30-22).

Heading into tonight's match 4-0, the Violets jumped out to a one-game advantage fueled by an offensive attack from junior outside hitter Devin Zolnowski (Bridgewater, N.J.), who led with five kills and a pair of blocks. For Stevens, sophomore outside hitter Jonathan Landis recorded five kills and three digs.

In Game 2, the Ducks broke away from a 9-9 score by two consecutive service aces from Bochicchio. Stevens held at least a two-point lead throughout the game. Bochicchio posted seven kills and three digs, while freshman setter Brandt Grobeis added ten assists in the victory.

With Game 3 knotted at 21-all, the Violets went on a 5-2 run as sophomore right-side hitter Eric Chakeen drilled two kills, forcing Stevens to call a timeout. After a quick pep talk from Head Coach Patrick Dorywalski, junior middle hitter Doug Reger came out firing with a much needed service ace. Junior outside hitter Joe Trinsey added two kills to lock the game at 27-27. After a kill from freshman middle blocker Francis Hodgson (Surf City, N.J.) and an attack error by Trinsey, the Violets came within game point as the score read 27-29. However the Ducks responded after another timeout from Dorywalski. Two consecutive attack errors by NYU saw the game tied for the seventh time. Down 30-31, an attack error from the Violets allowed Stevens to answer with a kill by Bochicchio and a block assist from Reger. The Ducks earned the 2-1 advantage heading into Game 4.

Needing a win to force a fifth deciding game, NYU had much catching up to do. After a back and forth battle the game was knotted at 15-all. With kills from junior middle hitter Andrew Cranford, Bochicchio and Trinsey, the game fell out of reach for the Violets as the Ducks defeated NYU, 30-22.

Trinsey ended the match with 17 kills and six digs. Landis totaled 12 kills and five digs, and Grobeis finished with 53 assists. The Ducks received strong performances from Cranford and Reger in the victory. Cranford accumulated ten kills and four blocks, while Reger chipped in with five kills and a pair of blocks.

NYU was led by Zolnowski, who registered 14 kills and five digs in the loss. Chakeen totaled ten kills and four digs, while sophomore setter Braden Fujikawa (Santa Monica, Calif.) had 42 assists in the match. The Violets fall to 4-1 on the season.

The Ducks are scheduled to face the Pioneers of Sacred Heart University at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Hoboken, N.J. Catch the action live at www.Empire8.tv.

Article courtesy of Stevens athletics.

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