Arcadia University Athletics

02/08/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/08/2020 19:05

No. 9 Men's Volleyball Sweeps Saturday Tri-Match With Victories Over Hunter, Rosemont

GLENSIDE, Pa. - The ninth-ranked Arcadia University men's volleyball team swept through Saturday's tri-match at Alumni Gymnasium, taking a 3-1 decision over Hunter before concluding the afternoon with a straight-sets victory over Rosemont. The Knights had several key performers across the two matches, and set a new season-best, single-match hitting percentage mark in the win over Rosemont, posting a .431 mark, along with a season-high 19 service aces.

-The Knights dropped the first set to the Hawks, 25-18. The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead from Arcadia errors, and after the two teams went back-and-forth, a combined seven kills from senior and junior were not enough to bring the Knights within reach.

-After trailing 12-9 in the second set, a kill and a service ace from sophomore as well as a kill from senior tied up the set. The Knights went on a four-point run with a kill and a service ace from senior , along with an attack error by the Hawks and blocks from Braas and Quinn. The Knights and Hawks were tied at 20, but the Scarlet and Grey went on a 5-1 run to take the second set.

-Arcadia and Hunter exchanged a point each in the beginning of the third set before the Knights went on a huge 10-0 run, including three service aces from Nissley, to pull ahead 11-1. The Knights didn't look back, and won the third set, 25-12.

-The Scarlet and Grey jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set behind kills from Nissley, Braas, and Baily. The Hawks began a comeback effort at the end of the set and trailed 23-22, but two errors sealed the 25-22 third set and match win for Arcadia.

-Kills: Baily 12, Braas 11, Pichler 10
-Aces: Nissley 4
-Blocks: Braas 5, Nissley 3
-Assists: Devantier 40
-Digs: Baily 11, Knotts/Pichler 10

-The Knights held the edge in kills, 53-39, and aces, 6-5.
-The two sides finishes the match with eight blocks each.
-Arcadia posted a .274 hitting percentage while the Hawks logged a .193 mark.

-Arcadia jumped out to a 7-0 lead, largely thanks to five-consecutive service aces from freshman . Later in the set, up 20-7, Heft tacked on two more service aces before the Knights took the first set 25-9 with kills from Nissley and senior .

-The Knights began the second set with a 9-0 run, including two service aces from freshman and two kills from Giuffrida. After giving up two points to the Ravens, freshman tallied four service aces and a kill, while classmate added a kill of his own to help Arcadia go up 17-2. Kills from Nissley, Zimmerman, and freshman sealed the second set victory.

-The Scarlet and Grey began the third set with a commanding 11-0 run; freshmen Zimmerman, Heft, and Bucksar combined for five points over the run. Arcadia increased its lead to 18-1 with two service aces from senior . The Knights ended the third and final set with four-straight points, including a kill from Bucksar, to seal the match victory.

-Kills: Heft 9, Giuffrida/Busksar 4
-Aces: Heft 7, Zimmerman 5
-Blocks: Misal/Bucksar/Zimmerman
-Assists: Portela 13
-Digs: Knotts 6

-The Knights posted 30 kills opposite Rosemont's five.
-Arcadia finished the night with 19 aces, led by Heft's seven.
-The Knights had a season-best hitting percentage of .431.

No. 9 Arcadia (6-5) travels to Kean Tuesday in a big regional matchup scheduled for 7:30 p.m.