DIII No. 9 Stevens Sweeps Conference Foe No. 8 Ramapo


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Hoboken, N.J. - Trailing in both Games 1 and 2 of the match, the ninth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology men's volleyball team battled back to sweep conference foe and No. 8 Ramapo College Tuesday in Hoboken, N.J.

The Ducks clawed back from a five-point deficit in the first game and came from behind to pullout a victory in Game 2 when the score read 0-8 in favor of the Roadrunners. The momentum swing was too much for Ramapo as Stevens went on to win 30-26, 30-28, 30-25.

As the Roadrunners led 10-15 in the first game, Stevens went on a 9-4 run off of three kills from junior outside hitter Tomas Bochicchio. Tied at 19-all, the Ducks flew into action following a Roadrunners timeout, as junior outside hitter Joe Trinsey recorded his second kill of the game. It seemed as if Ramapo was flustered, having posted four attacking errors of the Ducks' final 10 points. Bochicchio and Trinsey helped to drive Stevens to a one-game lead as they each registered a pair of kills to closeout the game.

Stevens started to climb back from a 0-8 downfall fueled by an offensive attack from Trinsey and junior middle hitter Andrew Cranford. Down 13-22 in the second game, the Ducks responded after a kill from sophomore outside hitter Andrew Fessler. As both team swapped points on kills and service errors, Stevens cut Ramapos' lead to four following a service ace from freshman setter Brandt Grobeis, forcing the Roadrunners to take a timeout to talk things over. Returning from the break, Fessler started the rally for the Ducks having landed a kill. Then a pair of kills from junior outside hitter Tomas Bochicchio pulled Stevens within two as the score read 25-27, Ramapo. An attack error by junior outside hitter Shane Donohue (Freehold, N.J.) allowed the Ducks to come one point shy of tying the game. However, junior middle blocker TC Elsasser (Barnegat, N.J.) would not go down easy as he responded with a kill, to bring their lead back to two points (26-28). Back-to-back kills, (Fessler and Trinsey) saw the first tie of the game. Two-consecutive attack errors from junior middle blocker Tom Kohler (East Brunswick, N.J.) allowed the Ducks to take a two-game advantage.

In Game 3, the score was back and forth till Stevens grabbed a two-point lead. Ahead 18-14, the Ducks received three-consecutive points off of attacking errors from three separate Ramapo players. A pair of kills from Bochicchio increased the Stevens lead to seven points (22-15). It was the Ducks all the way as they went on an 8-10 run to pull out the match and earn a valuable win in North East Collegiate Volleyball Association Metro Division play.

Trinsey led in kills (11) and accumulated a .474 hitting percentage on 19 attempts with only two errors. Cranford and Bochicchio both finished with 10 kills apiece. Cranford added four blocks as Bochicchio chipped in with six. Freshmen setters Aaron Ostrovsky and Grobeis combined for 36 assists as Grobeis had 15 and Ostrovsky dished out 21. Defensively, Stevens was led by junior libero Michael Bertucci as he posted a team-high 13 digs. Junior middle blocker Doug Reger was true to form tonight as he led with seven total blocks.

For Ramapo, Kohler led in kills (13) and added four total blocks. Senior right-side hitter Brendan Whitford (Lyndhurst, N.J.) registered 10 kills and one service ace, while junior libero Dan Semkowski (East Brunswick, N.J.) posted 12 digs. Junior setter Jairo Sierra (Fair Lawn, N.J.) finished with 39 assists and an ace.

The Ducks out blocked the Roadrunners 13.5-5. Attacking errors hurt Ramapo as it totaled 27 in three games. Stevens improves to 11-10 on the year and 6-1 in NECVA play. The Roadrunners fall to 20-4 on the season and 6-2 in conference action.

Stevens will return to play next Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. as they host the Gothic Knights of New Jersey City University.

Article courtesy of Stevens athletics.

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