UNION, N.J. (3/26/17) – The Kean University men's volleyball team stayed perfect in the Skyline Conference with wins over Ramapo College and Saint Joseph's College of Long Island at home on Sunday.
Saint Joseph's took the first set from Kean, 25-21. Kean had gone a full calendar year without dropping a set in Skyline Conference play – streak of 46-straight before the Golden Eagles took set one. Kean had not trailed the set count in a Skyline match since February 15, 2017.
In set two, Ian Capp had two aces and five kills as Kean righted the ship and won going away 25-15. The Cougars hit .444 in the set.
Kean fell behind 15-11 in the third, but Capp (pictured left) served four straight points to knot the score at 16 for Kean. The next play, Kevin Barrow put one over on two for the lead and then Capp ripped yet another ace. In all, the Cougars scored eight-straight points to take a 20-16 lead. Kean held on for the 25-22 victory.
The fourth set was tied at 11 and 12, before the Cougars took a two-point lead thanks to a Jared Warner kill and a Steve Schrank pancake dig. Kean pushed the lead to 21-17, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout. The stoppage proved to be no obstacle; SJC scored just one more time as they fell 25-18 in the fourth to seal it.
Jacob Kauffman finished with 21 kills and hit .543 against the Eagles. Barrow added 54 assists. Barrow and Capp led the team with eight digs each.
Paul Curaro had 15 kills and Dan McNamamara added 13 digs for the visitors, who are now 14-9 and 3-2 in the Skyline.
Earlier in the day, the Cougars downed rival Ramapo College in straight-sets. The Cougar-Roadrunner matchup has decided the Skyline Conference regular season Championship for the past three seasons, and both teams came into Sunday's match unbeaten in the league.
Kauffman had 11 kills while hitting .556, and added six service aces (the only six for the Cougars) in the sweep. Warner hit .750 and led the team with four blocks. Barrow handed out 31 assists. Dylan Flor and Steven Zarzycki had eight kills apiece.
The Cougars improved to 16-8 and 4-0 in the league. Ramapo is now 15-9 and 4-1 in the Skyline.
Kean will be home again on Wednesday to host New Jersey City University and York College beginning at 4 p.m.