DIII No. 6 Stevens Defeats Medaille, Advances to NECVA Quarterfinals

4/4/2008

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Mahway, N.J. - Junior outside hitter Joe Trinsey posted 11 kills, five digs, a pair of service aces and three blocks to help the sixth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men's volleyball team defeat Medaille College in the first-round of the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Championships on Friday in Mahwah, N.J.

The Ducks (20-10) out blocked the Mavericks (16-17) 11-7 as they won in three straight by the scores of 30-27, 30-25, 30-21.

With Game 1 locked at 9-all, Medaille went on a 12-10 run off an offensive attack led by freshman outside hitter Andrew Nawotka (Grand Island, N.Y.) and junior middle blocker Mitchell Shepard (London, Canada). Stevens tied the game at 21-21 off a kill from junior middle hitter Andrew Cranford. With the game knotted for the fifth time (23-23), the Ducks went on a 7-4 run behind the serving of sophomore outside hitter Jonathan Landis to grab a one-game advantage.

Trailing 10-18 in the second game, Stevens went on a 20-7 ride to jump ahead two games to none. In the rally junior outside hitter Tomas Bochicchio landed three kills. Junior middle blocker Doug Reger had an ace and four blocks to help Stevens earn the victory. Cranford also served for eight straight points of the final 10 that the Ducks recorded.

In the third and final game Stevens grabbed an early lead and maintained at least a four-point advantage throughout. Trinsey registered eight of his 11 kills in the third game alone. Freshman setter Aaron Ostrovsky tallied 10 assists in the win, while Bochicchio finished with three kills.

The Ducks were led by Bochicchio, who registered six kills, six digs, five blocks and a pair of aces. Reger totaled four kills and eight total blocks, while Ostrovsky dished for 23 assists and added five digs. Landis finished with five kills and six digs as junior libero Michael Bertucci had six digs in the win.

For Medaille, sophomore outside hitter Ryan Metz (Cheektowaga, N.Y.) accumulated 11 kills, six digs and three service aces. Sophomore middle blocker Ryan Murdie (Kenmore, N.Y.) produced a .429 hitting percentage with 12 kills on 21 attempts and three errors. Senior setter Drew Lewandowski (Kenmore, N.Y.) totaled 33 assists, while freshman libero Dan Jackson (Hamburg, N.Y.) finished with 11 digs in the defeat.

Stevens will return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Mahwah, N.J. when it faces Ramapo College in the quarterfinals of the NECVA Championships. The Roadrunners upended Endicott College 3-0 in the first-round earlier today. Catch the action live at http://www.sportsnetamerica.tv/.

Article courtesy of Stevens athletics.

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