Winning six consecutive sets for the first time since 2016, the D'Youville men’s volleyball team earned a pair of sweeps over Carlow University Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh, Pa. Taking the first match by scores of 25-18, 25-14, and 25-21, the Saints continued the trend into the second win of the day by taking the three sets, 25-23, 25-13 and 25-18.
With the victories, the Saints improved to 3-3 overall, while the Celtics fell to 0-9 on the campaign.
MATCH ONE RECAP
Earning the team’s second sweep of the season in match one, sophomore outside hitter Dan Busha and freshman outside hitter Joshua Roy paced the D'Youville attack with seven kills apiece, while senior middle hitter Ali Khadra put up three blocks (two solo) in the winning effort.
The Saints opened the day with a 25-18 set win, being powered by four aces from freshman right side hitter Davi Soares in the frame, while Busha racked up three kills in the opening set.
Soares continued his hot start to the doubleheader in the second set, as he and fellow freshman Matthew Terry each tallied three kills during the 25-14 victory. The set also saw D'Youville convert their strong serving into seven aces, led by three from junior setter Anthony Dean.
Roy proved to be the key in the final set, using four kills in the frame to propel the Saints to a tight 25-21 win that closed out the first part of the doubleheader.
MATCH TWO RECAP
Busha continued where he left off in the second contest, putting down 12 kills and two aces, while his setter, Dean, posted a career-best 39 assists. Not to be left out, Roy added eight more kills to his season total, while senior libero Mitch Mason paced the team with seven digs.
The Saints were threatened deep into the first set of the nightcap, but got three kills from Busha and Terry each to edge out the Celtics, 25-23, as Busha also registered a pair of service aces.
Khadra stepped up in the second set, connecting on four kills in the frame as D'Youville cruised to a 25-13 rout. The senior was not alone in having a strong set, as Roy and junior right side hitter Joshua Hoy tallied three kills apiece in the stanza.
Dean directed the Saints in the third set, as the setter recorded 16 assists, helping Busha land seven kills and Roy connect for six kills in a 25-18 victory that sealed the second sweep of the afternoon for D'Youville.
Notables – This the first time the Saints have picked up back-to-back sweeps since Feb. 13-14, 2015 when D'Youville beat SUNY Poly and Wells in straight sets … The last time D’Youville won six-straight sets was 2016, when the program came won three-straight sets in a 3-1 win over Keuka on Feb. 14 and followed it with a 3-0 win at Wilson on March 4 … 2018 was the most-recent two-match winning streak for D'Youville, beating St. Elizabeth, 3-1, on March 18 before knocking off Medaille in five sets on March 21 … Saturday’s second match was the first this year for the Saints where Roy did not at least share the team lead for kills … Khadra’s two solo blocks in the first match matches his season high from Feb. 24.
Up Next – The Saints return to the court on Saturday, April 3, for their season finale. D'Youville will host Elmira in a pair of matches at the College Center Gymnasium, with the first contest slated for 2 p.m.