ELMIRA, N.Y. – The Elmira College men’s volleyball team began United Volleyball Conference play on a strong note, knocking off the #10 nationally-ranked Violets from New York University on Sunday afternoon, 3-2, in what proved to be a five-set thriller. With the win, the Soaring Eagles are off to its best start in program history after beginning the season 6-1 in both 2022 as well as 2016.
After taking the first set in what would be considered the most comfortable fashion of the afternoon (25-16), the Soaring Eagles would go on to drop the second set before back-and-forth action forced a fifth, which Elmira would eventually go on to win 15-12.
Alberto Mauricio ’25 finished with a career-best 31 kills, while the Soaring Eagles went on to defeat the Violets for the first time since the 2014 season after suffering a 1-3 loss exactly a year ago. Additionally, the win marks the second consecutive season that the Soaring Eagles have downed a nationally-ranked opponent inside Speidel Gymnasium after defeating #14 St. John Fisher last season (3-2).
JUST THE BASICS:
Location: Elmira, N.Y. | Speidel Gymnasium
Score: Elmira: 3, #10 NYU: 2
Records: Elmira: (7-1, 1-0 UVC), NYU (8-4, 1-1 UVC)
The Soaring Eagles posted a 25-16 first set victory after out-killing the Violets, 17-10. With the home squad posting a sideout percentage of 82.0% (14-of-17), Elmira was able to hit .375 as a squad, paced by Mauricio with seven kills.
The second set proved to be the lone of the first four that the Soaring Eagles were unable to reach 20+ points in a frame after…
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