UNION, N.J. (3/4/12) – The Kean University men's volleyball remained undefeated in the Skyline Conference, as the Cougars defeated #13 Ramapo College and Purchase College in a conference quad match on Sunday afternoon.
The Cougars (14-4, 10-0 Skyline) sit atop the Skyline standing after defeating Ramapo (13-5, 9-1 Skyline) in straight sets (25-21, 25-16, 25-23), handing the Roadrunners their first conference loss. The Cougars closed out the afternoon with the straight set win over Purchase (25-13, 25-13, 25-17).
In a battle for first place in the Skyline, the Cougars maintained control throughout each of the three sets, as rookie John Cunningham and junior Steve Vahalla combined for 23 kills and just four errors in 46 total attack attempts. Cunningham finished with 12 kills and five digs, while Vahalla (pictured left) posted 11 kills and seven digs against his former squad. Vahalla played at Ramapo as a freshman in 2009-10.
Senior Christian Portera also finished with double-digit kills, posting 11 kills and one assisted block. Rookie Alex Barnhard dished out 35 assists and added four kills, four digs and three assisted blocks. Classmate Kyle Farley totaled four kills and a team-high four assisted blocks. Libero Tom Kemmerle finished with a match-high nine digs.
For Ramapo, Jeff Jones finished with 10 kills, while libero Aaron Kerschner had seven digs and setter Andrew Balint dished out 25 assists.
In the win over Purchase, the Cougars collectively hit .481 as a team, finishing with 43 kills and just six errors in 77 total attack attempts. Senior Sam Haimann led the charge with 13 kills and just two errors in 21 attempts for a .524 hitting percentage.
Jimmy Pompeo finished with eight kills, while Cunningham (pictured right) posted six kills in 11 attempts (.545 hitting percentage) and added four service aces and four digs. Freshman setter Ron Dunn had 28 assists, five service aces, five digs and two total blocks in the win.
The Cougars host Yeshiva University in a Skyline Conference match on Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.