DIII No. 10 NYU Splits Matches on First Day of Invitational

3/13/2009

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KENOSHA, Wisc. - The New York University men's volleyball team snapped its six-match losing streak, defeating the Milwaukee School of Engineering, as the team split its matches on the first day of the Carthage College Invitational, Friday, Mar. 13, at the Tarble Arena in Kenosha, WI.

The Violets (4-15), currently ranked #10 in the Bison/AVCA Division III Men's Coaches Top 15 Poll, fell to the fourth-ranked University of California Santa Cruz Banana Slugs (11-9) 3-1 (30-22, 30-22, 29-31, 30-26) in their first match of the day.   They followed that match up with a victory over the 15th-ranked Raiders (7-12) 3-1 (30-26, 27-30, 30-25, 30-27).

In the match against Santa Cruz senior captain Devin Zolnowski led an over-matched NYU offense, putting down a team-high 20 kills along with 11 digs for his fifth double-double of the season.

Sophomore Francis Hodgson was also in double-digits putting down 12 kills while hitting .364.

In the second match of the day, the Violets rebounded against the Raiders.

After Zolnowski left the match in the first set with shoulder stiffness, three Violets stepped in to fill the gaping hole left in the offense.

Coming in for the senior captain, freshman Patrick Dodd responded, tallying career-highs in kills (12) and digs (7), in the match.

Junior Michael Ferragonio and Hodgson were also in double-digits putting down 13 and 12 kills respectively while Ferragonio put up eight digs and Hodgson put back four blocks.

The Violets return to action tomorrow for the second day of the Carthage Invitational.  The team will take on host Carthage at 11:00 am (cst) and then will face Nazareth College at 1:00 pm (cst).
 
Article courtesy of NYU athletics.

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