March 11, 2007
Fairfield, CT - Freshman Zack Ripoll had 16 kills and senior Lucas Lyszak added 15 kills and 12 digs to lead Hunter College to a marathon 3-2 win over Sacred Heart in men's volleyball action Sunday afternoon at the Pitt Center. Hunter prevailed in five games by scores of 26-30, 30-24, 25-30, 30-26 and 15-6.
The loss spoiled an outstanding effort by the Pioneers' freshman Kalani Efstathiou (Beaverton, OR) who threw down a game high 21 kills and also rang up 11 digs while hitting .395. Sophomore Barry Smith (Shelton, CT) piled up 18 kills en route to a .231 hitting percentage. Setter John Breen had 61 assists, 11 digs and six kills. Freshman Scott Grandpre (East Greenwich, RI) and junior Chris Yantz (Setauket, NY) also broke double figures in kills, with 12 and 10, respectively.
The Hawks had four players in double figures in kills, including Ripoli and Lyszak. Marcin Polak rang up 12 kills while sophomore Shandu Foster threw down 13 winners. Freshman Josh Zoelcki had 11 digs in the match.
A see-saw first game saw neither team able to gain a big advantage. The Pioneers, led by Efstathiou's seven kills, eventually hung on for the four point win. In game two, Hunter jumped out to a 10-5 lead before SHU cut it to 16-14 and 20-17. But the Hawks would scored five of the next seven points to retake a six point lead and hold on from there for a 30-24 win. Ripoli had seven winners for the Hawks in the second game.
Game three saw the teams exchange leads several times. The Pioneers got off to a good start and a 12-8 lead, but Hunter went on a 7-1 run to open up a 15-13 lead. SHU went ahead 20-19 and then won 10 of the final 15 points for a five point victory. Smith had six kills to lead the Pioneers.
The Hawks gained an early 7-4 edge in the fourth game, but Sacred Heart would take the lead back at 11-10. However, Hunter then won eight of nine points to open an 18-12 lead. The Hawks led 23-17 and 26-21 before the Pioneers made a run to get within one point at 27-26 but Hunter would hang on for the win. After the first four games went back and forth, Hunter came out and took control of the match in the fifth game, running out to an 8-3 lead and never looking back en route to a nine point victory.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday afternoon when they visit Harvard in an EIVA contest. Game time is set for 2:00 pm.