NECC TOURNAMENT: #1 Endicott Captures Semifinal win over #4 Elms, 3-1
BEVERLY, Mass. – The first-seeded Endicott men's volleyball team moved one step closer to defending its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) title on Friday evening with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18) victory over fourth-seeded Elms College in the NECC Tournament semifinals at MacDonald Gymnasium.
Daniel Toth paced the Gulls offensively with 11 kills on 22 swings(.409 hitting percentage) to go along with two service aces, one assist, and four blocks. John Osborne contributed nine kills (.421) and 11 digs, while Jeremy Doski added six kills. Alex Wasik and Troy Riorden also chipped in with five putaways, respectively.
Elms saw three student-athletes notch double-digit kill efforts in the loss, which included a match-high 17 from Gabriel Reis Levy. Daniel Bondarovsky posted 13 kills, seven digs, and three blocks, while Angel Castro rounded out the rest of the offensive highlights with a double-double on 11 kills and 10 digs. John Dunphy ran the Blazers' offense on 43 assists.
Elms pushed out to a 1-0 advantage in the match behind a set-high 16 kills – including eight alone by Reis Levy – and a set-high .250 hitting percentage in its 25-23 first-set victory. Endicott battled back in set two by navigating its way through 14 tied scores and four lead changes before evening the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 second-set triumph.
The Gulls then went on to capitalize on their newfound momentum by holding Elms to a .138 hitting percentage in set three and a negative-121 hitting percentage in set four for the eventual 3-1 victory. The last two sets only feature four tied scores and two lead changes, which all occurred in set four.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Endicott is now 3-0 this season against Elms, and 28-3 all-time versus the Blazers dating back to January 31, 2003.
- Chandler Tayek helped sway momentum towards Endicott's way with five digs and a perfect serve-receive percentage on the night.
- Healy went 14-for-14 on serve-receive, which included eight of them leading directly to kills, while six out of his team-high 12 digs also led to putaways for the Gulls.
- Endicott took advantage of 20 service errors by Elms. The Blazers have recorded 20 or more service errors in three matches this season (first loss of the year).
- Riorden held serve for seven straight points in set four (helped establish a 12-6 lead).
- Qua'Sean Crowe notched five kills (.625), two digs, and three blocks in the loss.
- Reis Levy has compiled 15 or more kills in a match four times this season.
Courtesy of Endicott Athletics Communications.
NECC TOURNAMENT: #3 Daniel Webster Completes Comeback Win Versus #2 Regis, 3-2
BEVERLY, Mass. – Trailing 2-1 in the match, third-seeded Daniel Webster College mounted a thrilling comeback victory over second-seeded Regis College by scores 22-25, 26-24, 13-25, 25-19, and 15-12 to advance to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament championship game for the first time since 2014, and third time overall.
Daniel Webster saw three of its student-athletes tally double-digit kill totals, including a team-high 13 from Tommy Reyes to go along with 16 digs, four assists, two blocks, and one service ace. Ryan Howdeshell also added 12 kills and eight digs, while Saunoa Afoa had 11 kills and seven digs.
Nathan Makaiwi orchestrated the Eagles' offense, which sent home 51 kills, on 42 assists alongside a match-high 18 digs. James Kenney also chipped in with 10 digs and a perfect serve-receive percentage on 11 total attempts.
Regis featured a balanced offense as the Pride had five student-athletes compile five or more kills in the loss. Marcos Aguirre led the way with 16 kills, and Sean Bisnett followed with 14 putaways and 14 digs. Brett Krahl contributed nine kills and a match-high eight blocks, while Brandon Tordoff notched eight kills and Drew Beimel recorded seven kills and 10 digs.
Zach Sindoni ran the attack on 44 assists alongside nine digs, and five blocks.
After Regis looked poised to advance to the title match with a convincing 25-13 victory in set three to move ahead 2-1 in the match, Daniel Webster responded with its season on the line by capturing a 25-19 win in set four despite a match-high 12 tied scores and five lead changes.
In set five, the Pride held an 8-7 lead at the transition but a 5-1 run by the Eagles, which was spearheaded by two kills from Howdeshell, gave Daniel Webster a late 12-9 cushion in the winner-take-all set.
Regis went on to cut its deficit to one point on two separate occasions (12-11, 13-12), before two attack errors helped the Eagles complete their comeback victory.
DANIEL WEBSTER HIGHLIGHTS
- The win marked a new season wins record in Eagles program history as DWC improved to 16-12 overall, surpassing the 15 wins set by the 2013 club.
- Darrien Mason collected six kills and a team-high six blocks, while Richmond Iturralde Zavalza connected on six swings in the victory.
- Seven of Kenney's 10 digs led directly to kills.
- Aguirre has compiled 15 or more kills in five matches this season.
- Krahl's eight blocks tonight tied a season-high.
Daniel Webster (16-12) will face first-seeded Endicott in the NECC Tournament championship match tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. Regis sees its season come to a close at 12-12 overall.
Courtesy of Endicott Athletics Communications.
Semifinals – Friday, April 8th Hosted by Endicott College Game 1: #1 Endicott College 3, #4 Elms College 1 BOXSCORE Game 2: #3 Daniel Webster College 3, #2 Regis College 2 BOXSCORE