April 5, 2008
Fairfield, CT - Senior Jon Wintermeyer had 16 kills in 16 attempts to record a perfect hitting percentage and junior Devin Zolnowski added 12 kills to lead New York University to a 3-0 sweep of Sacred Heart in EIVA action Saturday afternoon at the Pitt Center. The Violets took three straight games by scores of 30-18, 30-25 and 31-29.
Sacred Heart was led by sophomore Kalani Efstathiou (Beaverton, OR) who recorded 13 kills and a .407 hitting percentage in the losing effort. Meanwhile, sophomore Scott Grandpre (East Greenwich, RI) put down eight winners and senior Chris Yantz (Setauket, NY) had six kills on Senior Day. Junior Dan Donohue (Nutley, NJ) had eight digs.
Led by Wintermeyer, the Violets hit an impressive .383 for the match as a team. Libero David Tener added nine digs on the defensive side of the ball.
The first game was never close, as NYU hit .483 to roll to an easy 30-18 win. Wintermeyer and Eric Chakeen each had four kills in the game. The Violets jumped out to a quick 10-6 lead in game two, but the Pioneers rallied to cut the lead to 13-12 and eventually tied the game at 17. NYU opened up a 21-18 lead before SHU again evened the score at 25. However, the Violets won the final five points to claim the game with a .412 hitting percentage. Wintermeyer and Zolnowski each had five kills in the game. Efstathiou put down six winners for the Pioneers.
The third game was a nip and tuck affair early on with the Pioneers eventually building leads of 17-14 and 19-15. However, NYU roared back to tie the game at 20. After SHU won the next four points, the Violets won four of the next five and the game was tied at 25. The teams exchanged points from there until the Violets were able to close out the match. Wintermeyer had seven kills for the Violets while Efstathiou put down five winners for Sacred Heart.
The Pioneers will finish their season Thursday night with a visit to New Haven. Game time is 7:00 pm.