NASHUA, N.H. (1/31/15) – The No. 6 Kean University men's volleyball team overcame a 2-1 set deficit to best No. 9 Rivier College on its home floor on Saturday and then topped Daniel Webster College to remain undefeated.
Against Rivier to start the day, the Cougars saved their best for last, hitting .500 in the winner-take-all fifth. Their previous-high number was just .208 in the must-win fourth. The Kean offense relied on Bez Arslani and Ed Jedziniak, who finished with 15 and 10 kills, respectively. Freshman Jacob Kauffman also put down nine kills for Kean.
In his first action of the year, John Cunningham had six digs, second only to Kauffman's seven. Arslani also racked up three aces for the Cougars.
As the teams went into the fifth and final set, the Raiders took the first two points. Kean turned to Jedziniak (pictured left), who pounded a pair of kills. Three Rivier errors helped the Cougars tie the set at six.
But Riv went ahead again, this time by three at 10-7, leaving the Cougars with precious little time to make up the difference.
Two Raider errors got Kean within one, and after a missed serve Jedziniak tied the match at 11 with a kill. Arslani went to serve and fired a pair of huge aces at the same Raider player to put Kean up 13-11.
Kauffman had a kill to get to match point and fittingly it was another Rivier error that delivered the great comeback win for Kean.
In the second match of the day, Kean had little trouble dispatching Daniel Webster College in a 3-0 sweep. The Cougars dominated every category on the stat sheet.
11 different players saw action for Kean, including Kauffman who had 10 kills and Bill Fischer, who had eight. Dunn, Steve Schrank and Kevin Barrow all split the Cougars' 41 assists evenly and Cunningham led the way with 10 digs.
The men's volleyball team will return to host the Clash at Kean, featuring matchups with No. 1 Juniata College on Friday and No. 3 Springfield on Saturday.