NEW PALTZ – The Vassar College men’s volleyball team picked up two UVC wins Sunday afternoon against Elmira College, 3-1, and D’Youville College, 3-0 during the UVC Crossover II held at SUNY New Paltz.
Freshman Reno Kriz broke a 17-17 tie in the third set against Elmira with a kill, followed by two service aces, putting Vassar ahead, 20-17. A kill from Elmira’s Ryan Nerney and a Vassar attacking error brought Elmira within one point of tying the game, 21-20. Between an attacking error from Elmira’s Mike Ellison and kills from senior Matt Elgin and junior Joe Pyne, the Brewers put the set away and went on to win the 3-1 match, 25-15, 21-25, 25-21, 25-19. The Brewers had a somewhat easier time with D’Youville as they went on to win it, 25-16, 25-15, 25-18.
Vassar improves to 14-7 and 7-4 in the UVC with the pair of wins. The Brewers will next travel to Kenosha, WI for the Carthage College Invitational to face Rust College at 11:00 am and Carthage at 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 16th.
The Brewers fought back in the second set against Elmira while being down by at least four points for most of the second half of the set. Senior Charlie Caldwell had a kill followed by a block assist from Elgin and senior John Konow, bringing the score within two points, 21-19. The Eagles went on a 3-1 run, pulling ahead 24-20. Vassar had one more outburst in order to bring the score within a manageable grasp when Elgin blocked an attack from Ryan Gelenitis, making the score 24-21. Chris Pierantoni put the set away with a kill for Elmira on the next serve.
Vassar had 52 successful kills on its 115 attempts (.313) while Elmira capitalized only 46 kills from their 131 attempts (.160). Pyne led the Brewers with 16 kills (.500), followed by Elgin’s 11 kills (.588) and five block assists and Kriz’s 11 kills (.192).
Konow had the match-high 42 assists and also added two kills, four block assists and five digs as well.