Attleboro, Mass. - Third Seeded Elms College defeated second seeded Regis College to punch their ticket to the NECC Championship on Saturday. The Blazers will travel to top seeded Endicott College who won their semifinal matchup in straight sets over fifth seeded Newbury College.
The first serve of the NECC Championship will take place Saturday, April 15th, at Endicott College at 2:00 p.m.
#3 Elms 3, #2 Regis 1
WESTON, Mass. – The Elms College men's volleyball team will return to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championship match for the first time since 2013 after claiming a 3-1 victory over host Regis College in the semifinals of the NECC Championship Tournament Thursday night at Higgins Court.
With the victory, the third-seed Blazers (18-9) will travel to top-seeded Endicott College (20-10) for the Championship match Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Elms junior Daniel Bondarovsky powered the Blazers attack with a season-high 19 kills, along with a match-high six blocks and two digs. Classmate Gabriel Reis Levy posted a double-double with 12 kills and a match-high 10 digs, while freshman David Hernandez added nine kills in the win. Sophomore John Dunphy orchestrated the Blazers offense with 31 assists and seven digs.
The Regis attack featured two players with double-digit kills, paced by a team-high 12 kills from junior Brett Krahl. Junior Marcos Aguirre tallied 10 kills with four digs, while senior Manny Santiago and junior Jeff Ramos chipped in four kills each. Senior Joe Hanrahan totaled a match-high 44 assists with six digs in the loss.
Regis raced to a 1-0 lead in the match, capturing a 25-16 win in the first set behind five kills from Krahl. The Blazers settled in and won the next three sets to punch their ticket to the NECC Championship match. The Blazers evened the score at 1-1 with a 27-25 victory in the second set, paced by seven kills from Bondarovsky. Elms pulled ahead 2-1 after posting a 25-23 win behind six kills from Bondarovsky and five kills from Hernandez. The Blazers wrapped up the victory with a 25-18 win in the final set, featuring two kills apiece from Reis Levy, Bondarovsky and Hernandez.
Courtesy of Elms Athletics Communications.
#1 Endicott 3, #5 Newbury 0
BEVERLY, Mass. – The first-seeded Endicott men's volleyball team moved one step closer to capturing its fifth straight conference title on Thursday night with a 3-0 victory over fifth-seeded Newbury in the semifinal round of the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Tournament by scores of 25-11, 25-20, and 25-18.
The match never seemed in doubt for the Gulls despite playing through five tied scores and two lead changes in set two, and five more tied scores and three lead changes in set three. Newbury's biggest lead in either set was only two points, and the Nighthawks never held an advantage in set two or three past the 6-6 mark. Endicott also led the whole way in set one.
Daniel Toth highlighted play on both sides of the net with a match-high 10 kills to go along with a .643 hitting percentage, one dig and five blocks (four assisted). Bryn Lipton chipped in with nine kills and five digs, while Donovan Dey had eight kills (.333 hitting percentage), one assist, two service aces, and four block assists.
Chad Riorden ran the offense on a match-high 24 assists, and Ryan Healy paced the defense with a match-high seven digs.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Endicott is 3-0 against Newbury this season, and 27-8 all-time versus the Nighthawks.
- Five of seven digs by Healy led directly to kills.
- Toth had three kills in the first set, four in the second, and an additional three in the third.
FOR THE FOES
- Joshua Thorne tallied a team-high six kills.
- Matt Sepe had four kills, while Tyler Polite (Hyde Park, Mass.) registered three.
- Oscar Chavez produced 12 assists.
First-seeded Endicott (20-10) will host third-seeded Elms (18-9) in the NECC Tournament championship match on Saturday at 2 PM. Newbury's season comes to a close at 10-16 overall.
Courtesy of Endicott Athletics Communications.
First Round – Tuesday, April 11thGame 1: #5 Newbury College 3, #4 Eastern Nazarene 0 Game 2: #3 Elms College 3, #6 Southern Vermont College 0
Semifinals – Thursday, April 13thGame 3: #1 Endicott College 3, #5 Newbury College 0 Game 4: #3 Elms College 3, #2 Regis College 1
Championship – Saturday, April 15th
Game 5: #3 Elms College @ #1 Endicott College - 2:00p.m.