April 5, 2009
Fairfield, CT - Senior Devin Zolnowski had a match high 20 kills and 17 digs and junior Michael Ferragonio added 16 winners and 12 digs to lead New York University to a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Sacred Heart in EIVA action Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at the Pitt Center. After trailing two sets to zero, the Violets rallied for the victory by scores of 23-30, 18-30, 30-28, 30-28, 15-8.
Junior Kalani Efstathiou (Beaverton, OR) led the Pioneers with 21 kills while sophomore Roger Parent (Burlington, CT) added 17 winners and 11 digs. Senior Barry Smith (Shelton, CT chimed in with 15 kills and 11 digs and classmate Dan Donohue (Nutley, NJ) rang up a match high 25 digs in the losing effort. Freshman Mike Komlanc (St. Croix, USVI) added 4.5 blocks.
The Pioneers dominated the first two sets to jump out to the early lead. In the opener, Eftathiou rang up seven kills and hit .333 to lead Sacred Heart, who hit .317 as a team. The Pioneers controlled the set from the out-set, building a lead as big as eight points at 21-13 and cruising to the win.
Despite being down by three points, 8-5 early on, the Pioneers rallied to build a 20-13 lead in the second set and eventually hold on for the victory. NYU helped the Pioneers out in the second set, making 16 total errors in the game. Parent had five kills in the set while sophomore Tim Sadowski (Salem, NH) registered four blocks to help the Pioneers to a two set lead.
Zolonowski keyed the Violets comeback as the senior had 11 of his 20 kills in the final three sets of the match. The Violets led throughout the first half of the third set, and held a 19-15 edge before the Pioneers won 10 of the next 13 points and take at 25-22 lead. However, the Violets responded by wining eight of the final 11 points to stay in the match with a 30-28 win.
Sacred Heart got off fast in the fourth set, building a 16-11 lead before NYU ran off eight out off 11 to even the score at 19. The teams exchanged points until the Pioneers were finally able to get up by three thanks to three straight kills from Parent, Smith and Efstathiou. From there, the Violets won seven of the last nine points. Farragino had seven kills in the set, including the clincher on set point to force a fifth and deciding set.
In the final set, the Violets started fast and never looked back, building a lead of 12-5 and going on for the 15-8 win. Zolnowski had five kills and Luke Hamlet added three blocks in the final set to help NYU complete the comeback.
The Pioneers are back in action Saturday when they visit Harvard in the first of two road matches which will close out their season. The match is set for a 1:00 pm start.