Union, N.J. (2/1/14) – The Kean University men's volleyball team split in tri-match action, falling to #4 SUNY New Paltz and defeating Lancaster Bible on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action.
Despite committing 23 service errors in the opener, New Paltz (7-0) was able to ride the play of sophomores Christopher Husmann and Tim Ferriter who combined for 28 kills in the 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 19-25, 25-23) win.
The Hawks came out strong, posting a .393 attack percentage in the first set, but the Cougars (3-4) always kept within striking distance, as neither team was able to take more than a three point advantage throughout the set. Trailing by one (24-23), the Hawks were able to secure the set with a service error from the Cougars.
The second set played out much like the first as Kean once again trailed by one down the stretch, an attack error off a swing from the Cougars set New Paltz into the third set with a 2-0 advantage.
Trailing 16-12 in the third stanza, Kean was able to net six points with sophomore Jon Bowser serving to take their first lead of the set. That proved to be the difference as Kean took set three, 25-19.
In a typical battle between two ranked teams, the fourth set played tight all the way to the end as sophomore Christian Smith was able to seal the win with a kill as New Paltz took the final set, 25-23.
Kean was able to cruise in the nightcap, topping Lancaster Bible College in straight sets (25-21, 25-19, 25-19). All 15 members of the team saw action in the win, as sophomore Krzysztof Kucza was one of three Cougars tied with a team-high five kills in the win. Setters Ron Dunn, Arthur Kosakowski and Josh Haimann tallied 28 combined assists while Mike Scheuermann picked up three blocks.
The Cougars don't rest for long as they travel to #9 New York University for a 7 p.m. matchup on Tuesday.