HUNTINGDON, Pa. (1/24/14) – The No. 13 Kean University men's volleyball team handed head coach Charlie Ginex his first collegiate head coaching victory with a 3-1 win over Hunter College on Friday night. Junior Bez Arslani led the way with 22 kills and a .514 kill percentage; both numbers were tops for all players in the match.
After being tied 3-3, Kean led the rest of the time in the opening set, though the Hawks stayed within three points most of the way. It was not until Tom Kemmerle started serving at 21-18 that the Cougars pulled away; the senior ripped off three-straight points to put the opening set on ice.
The second set was less tense; the Cougars scored 10 of the first 13 points and led by as many as nine. Tommy Rosario had the long service streak early on to set the tone for Kean, and he actually inaugurated the run himself with a kill at 2-2 from Ron Dunn. Dunn would finish with 52 assists on the night and also tied for the team lead with five digs.
Kean took its foot off the gas a bit in the third, but asserted its dominance again in the fourth, flipping the 25-19 score of the previous set to win it by six and clinch the match 3-1. Fittingly, Arslani got the kill on match point (this one from Michael Fox) to seal it for the Cougars.
Kyle Farley had five blocks for Kean, and Arslani led the way with three of the team's four aces. Outside hitter John Cunningham also had five digs in the game for Kean, which evened its record at 1-1. It was Hunter's first match of the season.
The Cougars will remain at Juniata College on Saturday for the conclusion of the tournament against No. 14 Elmira College and the host Eagles, who are ranked No. 3 in the nation.