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Men’s Volleyball Splits Season-Opening Tri-Match with Victory Over SUNY Poly on Saturday

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ELMIRA, N.Y.  – The Elmira College men’s volleyball team split its opening afternoon of the 2024 season on Saturday, falling to Misericordia University before defeating SUNY Poly in straight-sets to conclude the afternoon. For Elmira, it was an afternoon that marked many collegiate debuts, as five first-year Soaring Eagles saw the floor for head coach Ryan McDonough ’19

JUST THE BASICS (Match 1):

Location: Elmira, NY | Speidel Gymnasium

Score: Elmira: 1, Misericordia: 3

Records: Elmira: (0-1, 0-0 UVC), Misericordia (1-0, 0-0 MAC) 

JUST THE BASICS (Match 2):

Location: Elmira, NY | Speidel Gymnasium

Score: Elmira: 3, SUNY Poly: 0

Records: Elmira: (1-1, 0-0 UVC), SUNY Poly (0-2, 0-0 NAC) 

HOW IT HAPPENED:
Against Misericordia, the Soaring Eagles would take the first set 25-23, receiving four kills from Edwin Sosa ’25 along with a team hitting percentage of .412% on 10 kills. From there, the Cougars would take the next three sets, and the match, posting double-digit kills in each of the four sets played, along with hitting percentages in each set which eclipsed .415%.

The Soaring Eagles would battle in the fourth set, falling 25-23 while Sosa finished the match with 11 kills, to go along with 27 set assists for Max Cohen ’25. Cougar’s outside hitter Jared Piontkowski would finish with a match-high 25 kills, while the Cougars out-blocked the Soaring Eagles 13-3.

Against SUNY Poly, the Soaring Eagles would come out on top in the first two sets of the afternoon, both close, as Elmira took the first frame 28-26, capped by a kill from Jordan…

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