Fessler Leads DIII No. 8 Stevens Past NJCU in Three Straight

3/12/2008

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Hoboken, N.J. - Sophomore outside hitter Andrew Fessler posted a .769 hitting percentage with 10 kills on 13 attempts and no errors to lead the eighth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men's volleyball team past conference foe, New Jersey City University on Wednesday night in Hoboken, N.J. The Ducks won in three games (30-22, 30-12, 30-24) as they improve to 12-10 on the season and 7-1 in North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Metro division play.

In Game 1, Stevens was able to control a five-point lead throughout. With the score 21-15 in favor of the Ducks, junior outside hitter Tomas Bochicchio posted his second kill of the game. Consecutive kills from Fessler and junior outside hitter Joe Trinsey allowed Stevens to take a 25-17 lead. The game was closed out as Fessler, Bochicchio and junior middle hitter Andrew Cranford each recorded a kill.

The second game started off with the Ducks taking an early lead. As the score read 6-4 Stevens, Trinsey stood at the back of the end line ready to serve. For five-straight points the Ducks controlled possession behind the serving of Trinsey and a pair of kills from Cranford. With the lead now at 12 points (23-11), sophomore Jonathan Landis was slotted to serve next for Stevens. Three attacking errors charged to the Gothic Knights allowed Landis to control possession as the Ducks went on to take a two-game advantage.

As Game 3 was knotted at 18-all, sophomore middle hitter Christopher Egebo registered a kill. Trinsey's eighth kill of the match allowed Stevens to take a two-point lead. A kill from junior right-side hitter Thiago Siqueira (Newark, N.J.) brought the deficit back to one. However the Ducks were too strong as they went on a 9-4 run fueled by an offensive attack from freshman middle hitter Timothy Karl and sophomore outside hitter Adrian Michalski, who each posted a kill.

Trinsey finished the day with 11 kills and three service aces. Cranford produced a .889 hitting percentage with eight kills on nine attempts and no errors. He also added four total blocks in the victory. Freshman outside hitter Bryant DeFranco had a solid day for the Ducks as he notched six kills on seven attempts (.857 hitting percentage).

Freshmen setters Brandt Grobeis and Aaron Ostrovsky combined for 46 assists. Grobeis had 21, while Ostrovsky dished out 25 assists in the win. Defensively, Stevens was led by junior libero Michael Bertucci, who added five digs on the day.

The Gothic Knights (11-15) were led by junior outside hitter Kevin Rodgers (Clifton, N.J.), who posted 13 kills and three digs. Siqueira totaled eight blocks and three digs, while first-year setter Justin Beaumont (Bayonne, N.J.) tallied 21 assists and five digs in the loss.

Stevens will head to Avon Park, Fla. to compete in the Warner Southern Invitational this weekend. Once there the Ducks will have five matches, two of which are ranked within the top-15 in the nation. Stevens will open up against No. 7 Carthage College on Saturday. It will then play three more matches on Sunday - No. 14 Medaille College, Fontbonne University and Endicott College. The Ducks will wrap-up their Florida trip with a match against Warner Southern College on Monday before their flight home on Tuesday.

Article courtesy of Stevens athletics.

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