Tuesday, 21 March 2023

NCAA Mens Volleyball

Soaring Eagles Split Saturday Tri-Match With 3-0 Sweep Against Kean

St. John Fisher College

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – The Elmira College men’s volleyball program traveled to SUNY New Paltz for a tri-match on Saturday as the Soaring Eagles dropped a 3-0 decision against the No. 10 Hawks before responding with a 3-0 victory later in the day against Kean University.

In the victory over the Cougars, Elmira would hit .462 as a team in the third set and .286 in the match as the Purple & Gold tallied 45 kills compared to 23 for Kean. Alberto Mauricio ’25 guided the Soaring Eagles in the match offensively as he finished with 20 kills to go along with 18 digs. Jordan Peiser ’24, Oscar Munoz Trinidad ’23, and Ryan Mattes ’23 combined to record 21 kills for the Soaring Eagles, while Max Cohen ’25 dished out a match-high 36 assists.

Elmira used a pair of 3-0 rallies in the opening set to take a 14-7 lead over the Cougars as Mauricio tallied five kills. The Soaring Eagles would work past recording seven attacking errors in the set as a late kill from Peiser followed by a service error from the Cougars would secure a 25-20 victory.

The second set would have plenty of lead changes early as Kean knotted the score 9-9 before Elmira used a 4-0 run to take a 13-9 advantage. Mauricio notched three kills with each of the sets coming from Cohen during the run while Cohen recorded one of his three service aces for Elmira. Leading 21-18 in the set, the Soaring Eagles would see Kean rally to knot the score 21-21 before a 4-0 run secured a 25-21 victory for Elmira.

Elmira gained some breathing room midway through the third set as a 3-0 run would…

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